Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will be master of ceremonies at a joint session of the Louisiana Legislature April 30 to celebrate Louisiana’s Bicentennial. The joint session will be held in the House Chamber of the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. Special celebrity guests will participate in Louisiana’s 200th birthday ceremony including musicians Zachary Richard, Deacon John, Jay Chevalier and Irma Thomas; political strategist James Carville; journalist Cokie Roberts; actress Faith Ford; chef Paul Prudhomme and filmmakers William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. Former Governors Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco and Louisiana State Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball will be in attendance. Statewide elected officials and former lieutenant governors have been invited to attend. Additionally, there will be at least one surprise guest.
The Louisiana National Guard will present the colors and the Captain Shreve High SchoolAcapella Choir will lead TheStar Spangled Banner.
The executive vice president of the United States Postal Service will dedicate Louisiana’s Bicentennial stamp which goes on sale Monday. The stamp features a C.C. Lockwood photograph and will be available for purchase at the State Capitol Post Office. Following the joint session a giant 200th birthday cake will be cut in the State Capitol’s Memorial Hall.