Have you come across the official Louisiana state flag? All 50 states have an official flag — and the Pelican State is no exception. As revealed in the adjacent photo, the Lousiana state flag features an image of a pelican against a blue background. It’s a simple but meaningful design that’s deeply rooted in Louisiana’s history. Below are five fun facts about the Louisiana state flag.
#1) Adopted in 1912
While Louisiana had used an unofficial flag with a similar design prior to this period, it didn’t officially adopt its “Pelican” flag until 1912. The “Pelican” flag, of course, features a pelican. Throughout the early and mid-1800s, Louisiana had used a flag that was based on France’s flag. In 1912, state lawmakers passed a piece of legislation declaring the “Pelican” flag as the official Louisiana state flag.
#2) Azure Field
While the background of the Louisiana state flag may look like an ordinary blue color, it’s actually azure. On the color wheel, azure falls in the middle of blue and cyan. It’s a lighter, softer shade of blue. Because the pelican depicted in the Louisiana state flag is white, azure offers a naturally attractive color scheme. The white pelican against an azure field creates contrast. As a result, the Louisiana state flag has featured an azure field since it was officially adopted.
#3) Changed By an Eight-Grader
You might be surprised to learn that an eighth-grader was responsible for changing the Louisiana state flag. In the early 2000s, an eight-grader discovered that the Louisiana state flag didn’t feature the three drops of blood originating from the Pelican’s state as found in the state’s seal. The eighth-grader notified lawmakers about this design mishap, which prompted them to introduce a new version of it. On November 22, 2010, lawmakers adopted the modern-day design of the Louisiana state flag. It’s pretty much the same as the previous version, except the new version has three drops of blood on the pelican’s chest.
#4) Depicts Louisiana’s State Bird
The pelican, of course, is Louisiana’s official state bird. If you’ve ever visited Louisiana before, you may recall seeing pelicans roaming around its coats. Because the pelican is Louisiana’s official state bird, it’s depicted in the Louisiana state flag.
#5) Pledge of Allegiance
Lousiana has its own pledge of allegiance. When standing in front of the Lousiana state flag, people will typically speak the state’s pledge of allegiance. It consists of the following: “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.”