Est. Pop.: 4,471,067
Capital: Baton Rouge
Nickname: Pelican State
Motto: Union, Justice, and Confidence
Fun La Factoid
The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.