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Apr 30, 2012 10:47 PM by Shawn Kline

Louisiana's Bicentennial honored by home-grown stars

Louisiana celebrates its 200th birthday. Here's some history:

On April 30th, 1812 Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union and the first state acquired from the Louisiana Purchase.

To celebrate it's bicentennial, Governor Bobby Jindal teamed-up with some Louisiana celebrities for a birthday bash two centuries in the making and while many things have changed in 200-years, some things remain the same.

Scott's own Zachary Richard sang from the heart; he was one of the many at the state capitol speaking about what Louisiana has to offer now and what it's offered in the past. James Carville also had some words for the state's 200th anniversary.

"The great joy that I have in my life is to have grown up in this state as the oldest of eight children and be able to enjoy this culture," Carville said.

"There's so much soul here," Actress Faith Ford said. "We're not just the boot, we're the soul of this country."

Ford also announced her plans to return to the bayou from Hollywood because of that soul; something she says Louisiana offers more than any other state. The culture, the soul, the food, those have remained constant in the state's 200-years. However, it's also changing.

"We've proven that you can do something that you used to think you could only do in New York and Los Angeles," William Joyce said. "We did it here, we did it with our local talent and we won an academy award."

Joyce and his production team at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport brought home an Oscar this year. It's the latest honor from Louisiana's growing film industry.

"We were different then and we're different now," Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said. "It's that difference that makes us special."

A difference 200-years in the making that every Louisianan is proud of: "Crawfish," not crayfish. Not just duck season, but gator season too. It's part of that pride in calling the bayou state, "home." And that Louisiana pride is 200-years strong.



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