Why does Louisiana have parishes, not counties? Curious Louisiana finds links to French, Spanish rule

Brooklyn Grey Kelley had reason enough to be curious about these questions: Why does Louisiana have parishes, not counties? And will that ever chan...

November 11, 2022
1:16 AM

Brooklyn Grey Kelley had reason enough to be curious about these questions: Why does Louisiana have parishes, not counties? And will that ever change?The 9-year-old, fourth grader at Zachary Elementary School was herself named for a place — Brooklyn, a borough in New York — as is her mom, Sydnie Kelley, named for a city in Australia, and siblings Everest and Dallas. So place names mean something in her family.'I was learning about it in school,' Brooklyn recollected about learning that only Louisiana has 'parishes' instead of 'counties.

Ken Stickney