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New Orleans is known for its blossoming culture, voodoo, super friendly locals, easy going lifestyles and jazz music. The city demonstrates what Southern Hospitality really means and pulls out all stops to ensure that its guests have a good time. New Orleans is also famous for its party lifestyle and its ever increasing celebrity populations. Hurricane Katrina might have caused widespread destruction in the city and certain parts and people might still be recovering from the losses, but the vibrant energy of the city ensures that you are never left wanting and are allowed to have a gala time whenever you visit the city.

The city was founded in the year 1718 and is known to be one of the oldest cities in the US. It has a fantastic mix of various cultures which includes Caribbean, Irish, German, Creole, French and Vietnamese people and it is popularly known to be the northernmost Caribbean city as well. The echoes of live music that can be found in every other corner, the relentless energy, random dancing and succulent meals have all become synonymous with the New Orleans’ experience.

New Orleans is also considered to be one of the greatest cities to walk in and its unique neighbourhoods such as the French Quarter are known to offer breathtaking sights at every turn. Despite its reputation as a loud and noisy city, tourists can also find precious moments of peace and quiet in the early mornings and late afternoons when people are just washing away their last night’s sins or preparing to party like crazy once again.

Some of the most popular attractions of New Orleans include The National WWII Museum, Mardi Gras World, Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Butterfly World and Insectarium. The best time to visit the city is while the Mardi Gras festival is in full swing. This unique festival is known to offer visitors with an experience like no other.


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New Orleans holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Newton Street, Algiers Point
www.mardigrasworld.com
What is it? In Algiers Point, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, stands a unique studio museum showcasing the famous New Orleans' Mardi Gras. The museum is actually the working studio of foremost carnival float designer, Blaine Kern, for whom producing floats and props for the city's annual Mardi Gras is a full-time job. Visitors can watch Kern and his team design and construct the giant sculptures of everything from cartoon characters to mythological figures and animals that will eventually parade through the streets. Hours of Operation: Phone:(800) 362 8213

 

 

2. The Cabildo
701 Chartres Street
lsm.crt.state.la.us
What is it? The entertaining and informative Cabildo on Jackson Square in New Orleans' French Quarter explores the history of Louisiana from the first European explorations to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era from a multi-cultural perspective. The museum is the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum facilities and is housed in an historic building, dating to 1799, originally serving as the Spanish city council offices. Two major historic events took place in the Cabildo building: the Louisiana Purchase Transfer ceremonies in 1803 and later a landmark Supreme Court decision was handed down here that legalised racial segregation. The Cabildo takes pride that it has been visited by five American presidents. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm Phone:(504) 568 6968

 

 

3. National D-Day Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans. Entrance in Andrew Higgins' Drive
www.ddaymuseum.org
What is it? The unique National D-Day Museum was founded in 2000 by historian and author Dr Stephen Ambrose and has become regarded as a highlight of any New Orleans sightseeing tour. Situated in New Orleans' Warehouse District it depicts the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, the Home Front during World War II, and the D-Day Invasions in the Pacific. Exhibit galleries include text panels, artefacts, and personal account stations where visitors can listen to the stories of war veterans. A panorama exhibit recreates a Normandy beach landing; there are also regular film shows. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm Phone:(504) 527 6012

 

 


New Orleans holidays - Top Events

 

1. Mardi Gras

From 2007-02-20

To 2007-02-20
 

What is it? Despite last year's devastating hurricane season, New Orleans will once again host the world-renowned annual Mardi Gras, a carnival that was first celebrated in its present form in 1856 and has earned a reputation for being the most scandalous and sensational annual event on the world's festival calendar. The origins of the carnival can be traced back to Roman times, but the date is based on the Christian calendar. Traditionally Mardi Gras day falls on 'Fat Tuesday', the day before Ash Wednesday, usually occurring during late February or early March each year. The history and traditions of the New Orleans Mardi Gras are confusing and complicated, but what it all means to revelling visitors is a series of ever-more exciting spectacular street parades through the French Quarter starting about 10 days before Fat Tuesday, building up to the big day. The whole affair turns into a major street party, with traditional strings of beads being exchanged in return for favours. Where is it? Throughout the city, especially Bourbon Street

 

 

2. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

From 2007-04-27

To 2007-05-06
 

What is it? In late April, just before the onset of the summer heat and humidity, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is held in various locations. Numerous stages simultaneously present a vast cross-section of musical performances by top artists, ranging from traditional New Orleans jazz to Gospel, country, rap, hip-hop and Creole zydeco. In addition to the hundreds of performances and thousands of musicians the festival includes numerous food stalls and hundreds of arts and crafts displays making it a true celebration of the city's culture and heritage. Where is it?

 

 

3. St Patrick's Day

From 2007-03-17

To 2007-03-17
 

What is it? No sooner has New Orleans recovered from the revelry of Mardi Gras than it starts all over again, with the celebration of St Patrick's Day being the perfect reason for another round of parades and parties through the downtown area, centred on Bourbon Street. Traditionally it is a day for the locals to gather on the streets and pavements with picnic baskets and umbrellas. Groups parade dancing down the street in costumes of green, dispensing flowers, beads and kisses to the spectators to the tune of amplified live bands on floats and trucks. The most popular 'throws' that the crowd vies for on this day are cabbages, carrots, onions and the odd potato. For more information phone (504) 525 5169. . Where is it? French Quarter

 

 

4. Gay Easter Parade

From 2007-04-08

To 2007-04-08
 

What is it? Parades and parties are the order of the day again in New Orleans at Easter, this time when the city's Gay community turns out to celebrate under the auspices of the Easter Grand Marshals. Thousands of spectators line the streets of the French Quarter to watch the passing floats, carriages, walking groups, bands and motorcycles. Cross-dressing and nudity is not permitted, but apart from that anything goes with the costumes and conviviality. Where is it? Streets of the French Quarter

 

 

5. French Quarter Festival

From 2007-04-13

To 2007-04-15
 

What is it? Featuring the 'world's largest jazz brunch' (with more than 40 booths serving specialities from well-known New Orleans restaurants), the annual French Quarter Festival is a showcase for local musicians and a gourmet chance to savour New Orleans flavour. On the music front 13 stages operate in the historic Vieux Carre district with a programme ranging from brass bands to gospel and traditional jazz. As far as the food goes there are all the classic New Orleans specialities like Jambalaya, Gumbo and bread pudding, with lots more besides. All this is spiced up with dozens of special events, many of them free, like fireworks over the Mississippi, art exhibitions, courtyard tours, music workshops and parades. For more information contact the Festival office on (504) 522 5730. Where is it? New Orleans French Quarter, especially Jackson Square and the River Front

 

 



 

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