BATON ROUGE 200
IN THE NEWS
(A press release by Visit Baton Rouge)
P.S., The Bicentennial Postcard
An invitation to out-of-town family and friends to visit Louisiana’s capital city this bicentennial year
Baton Rouge, La. – During the latter half of 2017, Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial year, Visit Baton Rouge in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 225 Magazine are releasing the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Postcards. The postcards, which include the required postage will be available in the latest edition of 225, available on Oct. 1.
Baton Rouge residents are encouraged to send the postcards to out-of-town family and friends and invite them to come and experience their hometown this fall or winter. The weather is perfect, the events are plentiful, and with new restaurants, shops and attractions, there’s good reason to stick around for a few days. Whether they visit some of their favorite places from their childhood or college days, we encourage residents to get out and explore Louisiana’s capital city and create new memories with their out-of-town guests. They can also get a head start and invite them to experience Mardi Gras or one of the many festivals next spring.
Additional postcards are available at area locations, including: East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and Visit Baton Rouge. A full list of locations can be found on www.BatonRouge200.com. In an effort to assist residents with writing their picture-perfect postcard, we have included some ideas to help them get started:
A similar postcard project was done years ago, an idea of the late E.J. Ourso who believed that tourism benefited the entire community. The campaign called the "P.S. Baton Rouge”, which stood for "Positive Selling," reached far and wide and allowed residents to invite others to come and experience the town they called home.
“This yearlong celebration has allowed us to look at what we’ve done in the past and repeat those successes, and the P.S. Baton Rouge Campaign was a great example of that,” said Paul Arrigo, president & CEO of Visit Baton Rouge.
Arrigo added, “Whether a native or new to Baton Rouge, this offers residents a chance to get out and explore and experience their hometown with out-of-town visitors during this year’s Bicentennial, marking 200 years as an incorporated city.”
Need some help planning? A complete list of events, restaurants, shops and hotels is available on www.VisitBatonRouge.com or visit the Baton Rouge Bicentennial website, www.BatonRouge200.com. Residents are also encouraged to stop by one of Baton Rouge’s Welcome Centers to gather ideas and brochures help plan their time spent with their out-of-town family and friends. Here’s a look at a few of the events coming up:
The Baton Rouge Advocate is commemorating the Bicentennial through special editions of the paper sponsored by local companies.
The Advocate says, "In celebration of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial, The Advocate is sharing moments from the past, tapping its 175 years of serving the community. Throughout the year, we are publishing pages from our archives which capture some of the local, national and world happenings -- everything from wars and hurricanes to festivals and social events -- that helped shape our city. We hope you enjoy them."
View all of the throwback editions here!
Local Baton Rouge artist and award-winning cartoonist, David Norwood has created a poster to commemorate the 200th birthday of Baton Rouge.
200 copies of the posters were printed, numbered and signed individually by Norwood. Be sure to "like" Baton Rouge 200 on Facebook for your chance to win a poster!
Six square blocks straddled Calle Floridana — Florida Street — 200 years ago, when the sleepy Mississippi River outpost of Baton Rouge was incorporated as a Louisiana city that grew around a downtown now back on the rise... Read More.
The Red Stick turns 200 on Tuesday, and residents and businesses can join in the celebration with Wear Red Day to show their city pride...
Come out to celebrate Baton Rouge's 200th Birthday with the Downtown Business Association!
January 17, 2017 | North Boulevard Town Square | 11:00am-1:30pm | FREE to attend
11:00: Press conference
11:30: Live music from Nick Abraham Band
Downtown attractions will be setup in Town Square to talk with the public about their 2017 programming. Come out during your lunch hour to celebrate Baton Rouge's 200th Birthday and enjoy some live music!
DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR RED!
View event on DBA's Facebook
Baton Rouge 200 partners, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, with the help of generous sponsors Exxon Mobil and J.P. Morgan Chase, have announced a 12-part series entitled “Celebrating 200 Years of Baton Rouge.” Throughout 2017, as Baton Rouge celebrates its 200th year of incorporation, you’ll find a new monthly feature inside every edition of Business Report--as well as its sister publications 225 and inRegister.
Read "Part 1: 1817 - 1870" Here
2017 kicks off a yearlong celebration of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial, marking 200 years since the city was incorporated...