Birthplace of

Jazz, naturalist John James Audubon (1785–1851), trumpeter Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong (1901–71), author Truman Capote (1924–84), musician Antoine 'Fats' Domino (b 1928), pop star Britney Spears (b 1981)

Capital

Baton Rouge

Driving Distances

New Orleans to Lafayette 137 miles, New Orleans to St Francisville 112 miles

Famous for

Mardi Gras

Home of

Tabasco sauce, chef Emeril Lagasse

Major City

New Orleans

Nicknames

Bayou State, Pelican State, Sportsman's Paradise

Official State Reptile

Alligator

Politics

Republican stronghold with a very liberal large city (New Orleans)

Sales Tax

4%, plus local city and county taxes