Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced today that the city of Baton Rouge will have a year-long bicentennial celebration next year with a kick off on New Year’s Eve, according to a news release. 2017 will mark 200 years since Baton Rouge became an incorporated city.
“We endured a civil war, organized America’s first bus boycott against segregation back in the 50s, and boomed with the petrochemical industry in the 70s,” Holden said, according to the release.
“We welcomed over 200,000 displaced people from New Orleans after its devastation by Hurricane Katrina eleven years ago. And along the way, we became a boom town in our own right, landing new jobs and corporate facilities in technology, television and film production, digital arts and many other sectors.”
The bicentennial festivities will begin with the 2016 Red Stick Revelry New Year’s Eve celebration at The Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza and the North Boulevard Town Square. You can find out about more events at the bicentennial website.