Block #19 Louisiana - The Pelican StateThe celebration of Mardi Gras symbolizes the intensity of spirit of Louisiana. The French brought Mardi Gras to Louisiana, it was a simple carnival event, celebrated just before the beginning of Lent. Today New Orleans transformed the simple celebration into an extravagant festival known worldwide. The pelican is Louisiana’s official state bird and appears on the Louisiana state flag and the great seal. State symbols Magnolia, Strawberry, Honeybee, and Louisiana Iris.The love for the Baltimore Album Quilts made during the 1800’s was the inspiration for the American Album Blocks. Each new 15” realistic album style block is filled with flowers, birds and a little American history. Each Pattern includes full size numbered pattern with detailed embroidery instructions and Pearl’s Easy Appliqué Techniques. Join us as we travel across America block by block and state by state. Watch your quilt grow.