Louisiana Louisiana State Flag

The Louisiana flag was formally adopted on November 22, 2010. Since, Louisiana has maintained the same flag for the last 14 years.

The Louisiana flag was voted 23rd best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 3 main colors in the Louisiana flag are #00447B, #FEFEFE, and #FFFFFF. The Louisiana flag width is 1.6 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.8 feet.

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Louisiana Flag

The Louisiana State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on November 22, 2010.


#00447B 80.9%
#FEFEFE 8.9%
#FFFFFF 3.6%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.


The Louisiana state flag displays a white pelican nurturing its hungry young by tearing at its breast and feeding them its own blood against a field of blue. Beneath the pelican flows a white banner with blue letters containing the state’s motto ‘Union, Justice and Confidence.’


The motherly image of a caring pelican came from colonial times when early settlers believed that pelicans were generous and nurturing and that they would indeed feed their young in this manner. This however is complete fallacy as although pelicans are known to be nurturing, they would not sacrifice themselves to feed their offspring. Self-preservation is the norm in nature and pelicans are certainly no different to other animals or birds.

Louisiana is not the only state to base (unintentionally) their flags or symbols on things that are not fact just for the heroic symbolism. However, the pelican in its true nature might actually be a great symbol for Louisiana than even the more romanticized version. After all, it could well be said that Louisiana leaving the union and flying a flag of independence before joining the confederate union was an act of self-preservation. The state isn’t so far off the mark!


Although Louisiana was the 18th state to join the union in 1812, it did not officially adopt the pelican flag until July 1, 1912, though it was used unofficially since the 1800’s. Louisiana exhaustedly went through nine flags before settling on the pelican design. The pelican is also found on the state seal, state painting and is one of the symbols that appears on the US mint Louisiana bicentennial quarter. It really is no wonder that Louisiana is known as the pelican state! Technically Louisiana is now on its 11th state flag as of November the 22nd 2010 when a new version was unveiled. This however was only to ensure that the state had a standardized flag instead of the several alternating versions that had been in circulation since 1912. Unsurprisingly, the issue was around the pelican and how many drops of blood were displayed on its breast.

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