The Governor’s Office is sharing parking and security information for those attending Thursday’s Interfaith Service celebrating the life of  Governor Kathleen Blanco and the Public Visitation at the Louisiana State Capitol.

For an overview of the three-day celebration, click here.


In lieu of flowers, the Blanco family requests that donations be made to the Governor Kathleen Blanco Public Policy Center, via the University of Louisiana - Lafayette Foundation, 705 East St. Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70504 or online at  


Free parking for the public visitation will be available in the Welcome Center Parking Garage at 101 North Street, Baton Rouge, La. 70802 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Additional free public parking will be available along River Road across from the Claiborne Building.

Parking may be limited and visitors are encouraged to carpool.


Visitors to the State Capitol for the public visitation, which begins at 1 p.m., should enter through the Ground Floor, where they will be screened by security. This will allow lines to form inside of the State Capitol.

Access to the State Capitol front steps and front doors will be limited on Thursday.

Seating will not be available for those waiting in line for visitation.

Anyone who is in line as visitation ends at 6 p.m. will be welcomed by the Blanco family.


All visitors will be screened by State Capitol security staff. No bags larger than a small purse will be allowed inside any of the locations.


Seating for the public will be very limited for Thursday’s Interfaith Service at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge and standing room will not be allowed inside of the Cathedral.

The Interfaith Service and other parts of the Celebration of Life will be broadcast live and streamed online at by Louisiana Public Broadcasting so that all may watch the service.