La. Bicentennial Military Parade resceduled for Nov. 10

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Thousands of service men and women will march through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Louisiana’s 200 years of statehood on Sat., Nov. 10, 2012 at 3 p.m. CST. (The parade was previously scheduled for this weekend.)

The military parade will be the largest in New Orleans since the state’s centennial celebration 100 years ago. 

Since joining the United States in 1812, Louisiana’s distinctive French Catholic Creole culture has blended with the American-English Protestant culture to create a distinct Creole-American society. The Bicentennial Weekend is a celebration of this culture, which sets the Pelican State apart. 

“What better way to celebrate our statehood than with a military parade in New Orleans,” said Bicentennial Chairman, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Russel Honoré, a native of Lakeland, Louisiana. “Parade goers will be able to enjoy the splendor of a traditional military parade while showing their support for our troops and their pride in our state.”

Locals and visitors from across the country are invited to enjoy the celebration. With so many entertaining offerings, the state is expecting the event to be a major tourist attraction. The Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, which oversees the state’s tourism industry, is hosting the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission.

“The military has maintained a strong influence on Louisiana’s culture for the past 200 years,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “We look forward to partnering with the U.S. armed forces to celebrate Louisiana’s unique history in New Orleans with a parade similar to the one held in 1912 for Louisiana’s centennial.”

The parade will traverse the historic French Quarter and end at the National World War II Museum. A route map will be made available and published at www.louisianabicentennial2012.com.

About the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission?The Louisiana Bicentennial Commission was created to mark the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s attainment of statehood as the 18th state in the Union. Through both education and celebration, the Commission’s goal is to commemorate our Bicentennial in every corner of the state