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This year, we are celebrating a magniﬁcent milestone: thebicentennial of Louisiana’s statehood. Our rich and authen-tic culture is shaped by the past 200 years and the peoplewho have called Louisiana home. Throughout 2012, we arecelebrating our past while embracing our future.It all started more than 3,500 years ago at Poverty Point innortheast Louisiana, one of the oldest sites on the NorthAmerican continent. Visit the historic settlement and seehow Native Americans created a complex society before in-terstates and the Internet. The people of Cajun Country willwelcome you with traditional Cajun cuisine, zydeco musicand the most beautiful landscapes you will ever experience.Of course, a trip to Louisiana wouldn’t be complete withouta trip to the Crescent City. New Orleans has a fascinatingblend of food, music and fun wrapped in an astoundinghistorical and architectural package.Pick Your Passion and make Louisiana your destination thisyear. From Louisiana’s vibrant arts community and world-class museums to our famous food and outdoor adventures,we offer experiences for every taste. Please join us! We enjoynothing more than having company. Come for a visit, and letus show you how we celebrate our 200th birthday!
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:New Orleans’ French Quarter Fest; Lake Bistineaucypress trees; crawﬁsh at Barton’s Fish Market;trumpet musician; Cajun Coast zydeco.