In honor of my recent trip to New Orleans, what is a Fleur-de-lis?
The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. Dictionary.com ~ Fleur-de-lis is a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by and encircling band. The heraldic bearing of the royal family of France. The iris flower or plant.
From the time the French Explorers founded New Orleans in 1717 the fleur-de-lis has been a strong iconic symbol of New Orleans French heritage. From the architecture to the Saints logo, the Fleur-de-lis is an everlasting testament to the strength and history of the city of New Orleans.