The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is located in Armstrong Park in New Orleans, La. Tuesday April 12, 2016.
PERSONAL PHOTO OF Matthew Hinton
Get out and celebrate your condition today.
The National Day Calendar has declared November 9 as National Louisiana Day.
In 2017, the National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order in which it joined the Union, beginning with Independence Day week and ending with Hawaii. The calendar highlights a small portion of the history, food, and people that make up the state.
Many states have their own state celebrations and observance of the national holiday calendar is in no way a substitute for these. But why not contribute to these celebrations?
The stained glass rotunda of the Old State Capitol.
PERSONAL PHOTO OF ROBIN MILLER
On November 9, National Louisiana Day recognizes Louisiana as the state that gifted the nation with treasures like jazz, Creole and American Mardi Gras.
“Throughout the state’s history, the blending of race and culture has resulted in the Delta’s unique flair, which draws visitors from around the world who come to sample their food, hear their music and see their style,” says National Day Calendar continues its website, nationaldaycalendar.com. “When the French explorers first arrived, several different tribes settled the area. Many of their populations have been decimated by disease and war. The descendants of Natchez, Choctaw or Chitimacha still survive today.”
In 1803, Louisiana became territory when the United States completed negotiations with France to purchase 828,000 miles of Louisiana. The first of 15 states to be excised from the region, Louisiana joined the United States in 1812.
Oakley Plantation House at the Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville. Artist and naturalist John James Audubon painted some of his famous bird studies while staying at Oakley Plantation.
“Louisiana holds the mysteries of pirates, slavery conflicts and progression paths in its mysterious gulf. The bayou teems with life and untold stories,” the statement continued. “Louisiana embodies the term ‘melting pot’ perhaps more than any other state. Throughout the state’s history, Native American, French, Spanish, German, African, Irish, and Caribbean cultures have blended in many ways, creating a diverse and distinctive culture in the bayou. From the food to the language, the music and history, Cajun (French-Canadian or Acadian), Creole (European, African, Caribbean or Hispanic mixed race) and even the landscape all influence the magic of Louisiana.”