LOWDOWN: 157 Years of Louisiana Flags

Hey flag freaks! We’ve got your hookup! Our latest episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown will take you on a journey through the Bayou State’s colorful flag history.

Ever wondered why we have that line of flags in Memorial Hall? (Also known as the Rotunda to people who can’t tell the difference between a circle and a rectangle.)

Can you identify the flag that dates back to Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto? Or the one that had the fleur de lis from France’s Louis XIV?

Turns out it wasn’t until the 1900s that our beloved mother pelican showed up with her three fledglings, and it took another hundred years before a Houma eighth grader prompted the Legislature to fix a long overlooked oversight.

You may also not know that there’s a Louisiana flag pledge. Here it is:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana

and to the motto for which it stands:

A state, under God,

united in purpose and ideals,

confident that justice shall prevail

for all of those abiding here.

Watch the Lowdown now so you can flex your freaky flag knowledge next time you’re with your podnuhs on the first floor of the Capitol.

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