bicentennial

Bicentennial Parade
1:44 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Louisiana bicentennial parade delayed until November

A state bicentennial event planned as Louisiana's largest military parade in a century has been rescheduled to try to live up to that billing.

The parade was scheduled Saturday, the anniversary of the date that Congress accepted the Florida Parishes as part of Louisiana. On Tuesday, officials said it will instead be Saturday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day.

It will go through the French Quarter to the National World War II Museum.

Louisiana Statehood
9:54 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Louisiana Celebrates 200 Years of Statehood

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When officials from the United States arrived in newly acquired Louisiana in 1804 to consider the prospects of the area for statehood, they found a bewildering landscape that could not have been more different from the New England countryside that gave birth to the nation just a few decades earlier.

The federal group found a population made up almost entirely of French-speakers, a third of whom were free people of color.

The delegation was perplexed, according to Connie Zeanah Atkinson, professor of U.S. history at the University of New Orleans.

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