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Interesting Facts about Louisiana

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These interesting facts about Louisiana for kids include the Mardi Gras, Special Olympics, Superdome, and the longest bridge over water.

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5 Interesting Facts about Louisiana

Louisiana has a subtropical climate and is on the eastern coast of the United States. It’s known as The Pelican State and became a state in 1812 as the 18th state to enter the nation in the Louisiana Purchase. The capital is Baton Rouge and is home to a diverse population of people. 

Fact One: Mardi Gras is held in New Orleans  

Mardi Gras is celebrated for two weeks every year before Lent. There are festivals, parades, and wild nightlife during Mardi Gras. It began in 1699 as a Catholic festival and grew into a major national holiday. People come from all over the nation to celebrate in New Orleans every year.  

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Fact Two: Baton Rouge hosted the 1983 Special Olympics 

The Special Olympics World Summer Games were hosted in Baton Rouge in 1983 at Lousiana State University. The events included swimming, softball throwing, running, jumping, throwing, and walking (known as athletics).  

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Fact Three: The Superdome is in New Orleans  

The Superdome in New Orleans is the largest steel-constructed building unobstructed by posts. It’s 273 feet long, 680 feet in diameter, has a roof covering 9.7 acres, and has a floor of over 269,000 square feet. Major sporting events are held here all year long.  

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Fact Four: The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest bridge over water in the world 

This bridge was built in 1956 and is 24 miles long. It took $46 million to build and connects Metairie with St. Tammany in Louisiana. It’s the longest bridge over water in the world. 

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Fact Five: The tallest state capitol building is in Lousiana 

This building is 450 feet tall and has 34 floors making it the tallest skyscraper in Baton Rouge and the tallest capitol building in the United States. It was completed in 1931 and is now a National Historic Landmark.  

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