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Louisiana is home to New Orleans and the famous Mardi Gras festival, and is part of the southern Gulf Coast and is rich with French, Spanish, and African heritages. From fine Cajun and Creole cuisine to vibrant jazz, from the moss-covered swamplands and Barrier Islands to the great Mississippi River, students can experience the diversity of US culture, history, and landscape.
Louisiana is situated in the Deep South. Louisiana, known as the "Pelican State," has a colorful history and was named in honor of King Louis XIV. A strong French influence is still evident throughout the Louisiana. Louisiana capital city is named Baton Rouge, French for "red stick," because the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville visited the area in 1699 and observed a red cypress post. The state reptile is the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
Louisiana State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Louisiana state facts such as Louisiana state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Louisiana, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Louisiana State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|American Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Amphibian||Green Tree Frog
|Artist Laureate||Johnny O. Bell|
?170.17. State boat
There shall be an official state boat, which shall be the pirogue. The use of its likeness or image on official documents of the state and with the insignia of the state is hereby authorized.
Acts 2012, No. 134, ?1.
|Cajun Creole Heritage
||Cajun and Creole Culture: Hoop nets, castnets, and shrimp trawls
|Christmas in the Country||Elizabeth, Louisiana|
|Colors||Blue, White and Gold|
by Paul Ott
|Dog||Catahoula Leopard Dog
|Emblem Of Military Service Display Over The State Capitol||Honor and Remember Flag|
|Environmental Song||"Gifts of the Earth"
Written by Frances LeBeau of East Carroll Parish
|Fresh Water Fish||White Perch
|Garden Week||First Week in June|
|Gateway to the
|St. Mary Parish|
|Gateway to Louisiana and America||Plaquemines Parish
?170.15. Gateway to Louisiana and America; Plaquemines Parish
The parish of Plaquemines is hereby designated as the "Gateway to Louisiana and America".
Acts 2008, No. 781, ?1, eff. July 7, 2008.
|Gemstone||Crassostrea virginica oyster shell (previously agate 1976-2011)|
|Jellies||Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugar Cane Jelly|
|Judicial Poem||"America, We The People"
Written by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley
|March Song||"Louisiana My Home Sweet Home"
Lyrics by Sammie McKenzie and Lou Levoy
Music by Castro Carazo
|Meat Pie||Natchitoches Meat Pie|
|Motto||Union, justice, and confidence|
|Musical Instrument||Diatonic Accordion
|Museum of Natural History||Louisiana Museum of Natural History, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge|
|North Louisiana meal||WHEREAS, while culinary staples like fried catfish, fried chicken, and barbecue ribs; fresh greens, peas, and beans cooked with smoked neck bones and ham hocks; rice and gravy, potato salad, and fried okra; hot water cornbread and homemade biscuits; desserts like sweet potato pie, pecan pie, and pound cake; and cool drinks like sweet tea may be found throughout the length and breadth of Louisiana, North Louisiana chefs make special claims to these and certain other dishes as tasting best when prepared by chefs from "up north"; and - May 4, 2015|
by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell
|Pledge of Allegiance||Pledge of Allegiance|
|Quarter||Louisiana State Quarter|
|Saltwater Fish||Spotted Sea Trout or Speckled Trout
Written by Jean McGivney Boese
|Song||"Give Me Louisiana"
Written by Doralice Fontane
Composed by Dr. John Croom
|Song||"You Are My Sunshine"
Writen by Jimmie H. Davis and Charles Mitchell
|Song for the
and Hurricane Rita
|"Come Back to Louisiana," words and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood|
|State Museum of
|Louisiana State University Museum of Natural History|
|Troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts||Jay Chevalier|
|Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials||Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials|
|Vegetable Plant||Creole Tomato|
|Wild Flower||Louisiana Iris