In 1912, one hundred years after attaining state status, the legislature of Louisiana adopted its official state flag, featuring an image of a mother pelican feeding her three baby pelican’s in their nest. The symbol of the pelican family has its origins in the earliest days of Louisiana’s settlement. Legend has it that the state’s first residents were impressed with the way the mother pelicans would peck at their own breasts until they bled to provide nourishment for their young when food sources were scare. Even though the symbolism of the blood being shed indicated the sacrifices of the people of the state, often the blood drops were absent or the number of drops of blood was inconsistent in many of the official and historical illustrations.
After the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a bill was enacted by the state legislature to specify that “three drops of blood” appear on the mother pelican’s breast. That law was suggested and promoted by an eighth grade student from Houma, LA, who had noticed inconsistencies in various images and flags he had seen.
In 2009, two citizens of the state volunteered to create and donate the artwork to meet the letter of the new law as well as preserve the nearly 200-year tradition and history of the pelican image on the state’s official seal and flag. On November 11, 2010, the Secretary of State of Louisiana accepted the artwork and unveiled the new flag. Annin was proud to be the company selected to create that new, official flag of Louisiana.
Annin state flags are made from 100% SolarMax nylon. This material, developed especially for the flag industry, is engineered to resist damage from the sun's UV rays.
Annin's outdoor state flags are stocked in sizes 12 X 18 inches, 2x3 ft., 3x5 ft., 4x6 ft., 5x8 ft., and 6 X 10 ft.
Larger outdoor sizes are available through our custom department.
Indoor flags with pole sleeve and gold fringe are available in sizes 3x5 ft. and 4x6 ft.
Miniature desk flags are available in sizes 4x6 inch and 8 x 12 inch.