BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - "As we look forward to the next 200 years, let us pause and give thanks to those who came before us, and who helped shape the identity of this place we call home," said Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
"This celebration is our own opportunity to show our children and tell our people where we’re from and where we're going," said Michael Wynn, of the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission.
Every person in that room could feel the history. Especially when Canadian Minister of International Affairs, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay presented the legislature with a gift of a soapstone sculpture to recognize Louisiana's origins with Canada.
"Thank you, and Happy Birthday Louisiana," said Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.
But the hush of the noisy Senate chamber came from Louisiana native songwriter Zachary Richard, when he sang one of Louisiana's oldest folk songs from Natchitoches.
Among these great people, was actress Faith Ford, from Pineville, who played on ‘Murphy brown’, Chef Paul Prudhomme, and Political Strategist, James Carville.
Those people could only say how being from Louisiana helped them, and how much their culture means to them.
"We're not the boot, we're the soul of this country, we really are," said Ford.