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Louisiana State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana Revised Statutes, <http://www.legis.state.la.us/> (Accessed February 2, 2010)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

American folk dance Square Dance 1999
Amphibian Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) 1993
Bird Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 1966
Boat Pirogue 2012
Cajun / Creole heritage Hoop nets, cast nets, and shrimp trawls 1992
Christmas in the Country Held annually in the town of Elizabeth 1990
Colors Blue, White and Gold 1972
Crustacean Crawfish (Cambaridae) 1983
Cuisine Gumbo 2004
Cultural poem "I Am Louisiana," by Paul Ott 2006
Day Louisiana Day, April 30th 1954
Dog Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog 1979
Doughnut Beignet (pronounced: ben-yay) 1986
Drink Milk 1983
Environmental song "Gifts of the Earth," by Frances LeBeau of East Carroll Parish 1990
Flag Find out more... 1912
Flower Magnolia (Magnolia) 1900
Fossil Petrified Palmwood 1976
Freshwater fish White Perch, also known as Sac-au-lait and White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) 1993
Fruit Louisiana Strawberry (Fragaria sp.) 1980
Fruit tree Mayhaw fruit tree 2014
Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin St. Mary Parish 2004
Gateway to Louisiana and America Plaquemines Parish 2008
Gemstone Agate>>>>> State mineral
Cabochon cut gemstone, derived from Crassostrea virginica mollusk
Geat seal Find out more... 1902
Insect Honeybee (Apis mallifera) 1977
Jellies Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugarcane Jelly 2003
Judicial poem "America, We the People," by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley 1995
Mammal Black Bear (Ursus americanus) 1992
March song "Louisiana, My Home Sweet Home," words by Sammie McKenzie and Lou Lavoy, music by Castro Carazo 1952
Meal of North Louisiana Find out more... 2015
Meat pie Natchitoches Meat Pie 2003
Mineral Agate 2011
Museum of natural history Louisiana Museum of Natural History, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 1999
Musical instrument Diatonic Accordion (Cajun accordion) 1990
Painting "Louisiana," by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell 1995
Pledge of Allegience Find out more... 1981
Reptile Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1983
Saltwater fish Spotted Sea Trout or Speckled Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) 2001
Senate poem "Leadership," by Jean McGivney Boese 1999
Song "Song of Louisiana," by Vashti Roberston Stopher 1932
Song "Give Me Louisiana," words and music by Doralice Fontane, arranged by Dr. John Croom 1970
Song "You Are My Sunshine," words and music by former Governor Jimmie H. Davis and Charles Mitchell 1977
Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort "Come Back to Louisiana," words and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood 2006
Symbol Fleur-de-lis 2008
Tartan Find out more... 2001
Tree Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) commonly known as "Cypress" 1963
Troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts Jay Chevalier 2006
Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials 2003
Vegetable Sweet potato 2003
Vegetable plant Creole tomato 2003
Wildflower Louisiana Iris (Iris giganticaerulea) 1990

Making laws in Louisiana

The Louisiana legislature, offers a comprehensive section on their website called About the Louisiana Legislature to answer your questions about the legislature. Sections include The Institution, Officers of the Legislature, Laws, Rules, and Governing Bodies, Legislative Terms, and How a Bill Becomes Law.

Additional Information

Louisiana Facts: from the office of the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Louisiana Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Louisiana Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Louisiana symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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