Louisiana gears up for its bicentennial bash
POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 4:13pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne was at the Press Club today, Monday, April 9, to lay out plans for Louisiana's bicentennial celebration.
The celebration begins April 28, with a homecoming celebration on the grounds of the State Capitol along with local foods and music from all different parts of the state.
Through out that weekend, there's a huge blues festival featuring local greats like Chris Leblanc, followed by a joint session of the Louisiana legislature proclaiming that day as the bicentennial.
Lt. Governor Dardenne says with so many things to do, it should remind us of the greatness of our state.
"This one single day of course is the commemorative day where Louisiana entered the union as the 18th state, and the first state from the Louisiana Purchase, but events are taking place all across the state," he said.
Lt. Governor Dardenne says the tourism industry is pouring over $500,000 into that weekend alone.