Louisiana Flag History
Adopted: Original design: 1912 (the current version of design November 22, 2010)
Louisiana Flag Design: Image of a pelican feeding her young with her own blood on a field of azure. Below the pelican, a ribbon displays "Union Justice Confidence"
The Louisiana flag contains two elements: a crest centered on a blue field.
The crest consists of a nest bearing three chicks, a mother pelican vulning herself with her head turned to the viewer’s right and displaying three drops of blood on her breast. Beneath the nest, a white banner bears the state motto “Union Justice Confidence.”
The Louisiana flag contains 12 Pantone colors printed on a white (PMS 000) background. The specified colors, location, and use are as follows:
- PMS Cool Gray 8C – Pelican (gray – mother pelican)
- PMS Cool Gray 11C – Banner (gray – shadows)
- PMS 109C – Pelican Plumage (bright yellow – mother pelican’s head)
- PMS 497C – Pelican (dark brown – mother pelican’s bill, wings, bottom, and nest)
- PMS 724C – Nest (chocolate brown)
- PMS 721C – Nest (tan)
- PMS 142C – Nest (golden tan)
- PMS 485C – Blood droplets (red – mother pelican)
- PMS 716C – Beak (orange – pelican chicks)
- PMS 145C – Beaks (burnt orange – mother pelican, chicks, mother’s plumage)
- PMS 295C – Background (dark blue)
- PMS Black C – Outlines
The Louisiana flag shall be 7 units tall by 11 units wide.
The crest is to be treated as a single design element, inclusive of the mother pelican, chicks, nest, and banner.
For positioning purposes, the center of the crest is the center of the triangle formed by three drops of blood.
The crest is centered both vertically and horizontally on the field. The crest, measured through the center vertically and horizontally, is 5 ¼ units tall (from the tip of the mother pelican’s head to the bottommost point of the banner) by 6 units wide (from tip to tip of banner measured from lowest corner of each tip).
The official specifications do not call for other decorations, such as fringe, border, cords, and the like. These are allowed for display purposes so long as they do not encroach on, obscure, or alter the total flag image as specified above. (A gold fringe attached to the edges of the flag is acceptable, for example; a fringe, border, or other decoration drawn or attached within the field itself or on the crest is not allowed.)
The font used for the motto, although always treated as an inseparable element of the crest, is a hand-rendered font for specific use on the flag.
The secretary of state shall supply line art for the seal for metal casting embossed seals and seal devices.
The seal consists of a central crest within a circle and an outer circle bearing the state name and ornamentation. The artwork is identical to the flag’s crest but displayed without the banner.
The motto is circumscribed around the crest with: “Union Justice” above the Pelican, the words separated by a single bullet, and “Confidence” below the crest, bracketed by bullets. The font is the same hand-rendered font as on the state flag.
"State of Louisiana" shall appear in the outer circle and uppermost on the seal, circumscribed along the uppermost portion of the outer circle. The font for this shall be AgaramondPro-Bold (OpenType).
The state seal shall be reproduced in full, four-color process printing using files provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office, or in black and white using only line art supplied by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
The Louisiana Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here."
NOT ALL LOUISIANA STATE FLAGS ARE THE SAME!
Extra care is taken in making these flags. Flag designs are researched to ensure that they are authentic and current. We use sturdy fabrics, allowing the flags to be flown outdoors, indoors, or carried in parades.
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- All outdoor flags are finished with heavy-duty thread, polyester heading, brass grommets, and four needle fly hem
- State flags constructed to precise specifications
- Flies in the slightest breeze
- Proudly Made In The USA
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Frequently Asked Questions
This is the most common question asked in the industry and the most difficult to answer. No two flags will wear the same due to weather conditions and how often the flag is flown. Our flags offer the best stitching and highest quality materials to get your flag off to a great start.
Do not hang a flag where the wind will whip it against rough surface, such as tree branches, wires or cables or the outside of your home or building. Inspect your flags regularly for signs of wear. Repair any minor rips or tears right away this can be mended easily with a sewing machine or sewing kit. Keep the surface of the pole free of dirt, rust or corrosion that could damage or stain your flag.
We recommend that you hand-wash your flag with mild soap, rinse thoroughly and air dry. You can also use a dry cleaning service.
Exposing your flag to rain, wind, snow or high winds will shorten the life of your flag considerably. If you leave your flag exposed to the elements, it will greatly reduce the life of your flag.
Yes, as long as your pole is large enough to support the weight of the flags. The USA Flag must always fly at the top. The flag underneath should be at least one foot lower and be one size smaller than the USA Flag. Flags of other countries are not to be flown beneath the USA Flag.
If your flag is significantly faded, torn or tattered it is time to retire your flag. Your flag should be retired privately in a dignified manner. In addition, many local community organizations have flag disposal centers that will dispose of your flag for you.