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Louisiana

Louisiana State Map - EVSP

History: Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812. It was the 18th state to join the United States.

The world famous “Mardi Gras” is celebrated in New Orleans.

Famous People from Louisiana: Truman Capote, Ellen DeGeneres, Fats Domino, Wendell Pierce, Reese Witherspoon, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Louis Armstrong, Tyler Perry, Tim McGraw, Michael DeBakey, Harry Connick, Jr. (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-louisiana for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Pelican State”
    This nickname is a tribute to the official state bird, the brown pelican, which is native to Louisiana.
  • Largest Cities (Population): St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans, Shreveport, Bossier City, Baton Rouge
  • Average Climate: 45-91°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Creole food, Cajun food, crawfish, jambalya, gumbo, beignets (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/louisiana/iconic-foods-la/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.louisianatravel.com/

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Louisiana is available at http://www.louisianatravel.com/articles/louisianas-historic-unique-sites

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Louisiana include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Major league sports teams in Louisiana include:

Minor league sports teams in Louisiana include: