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
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.