The story behind the street signs

Yes, we’ve all seen the screenshots shared by tons of Natchitoches fans showcasing the street signs for Natchitoches and Lafayette that were chosen in the design of Louisiana’s Celebration Gator float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But do you know why these street signs were chosen to represent the state’s oldest permanent settlement?

The original design only had New Orleans street names, and it was Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser who requested the signage represent other parts of the state.

Since this is a “Louisiana” float the intention was to highlight as much of Louisiana as possible. The street signs were a great way to integrate actual Louisiana city names into the overall float design. Considering the commitment to Macy’s is for three years, Louisiana may change the street sign names each year to spread the love to other Louisiana cities in years two and three.