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NEW ORLEANS

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New Orleans
In New Orleans, the Big Easy, diverse cultures collide in a brilliant explosion of flavors, emotions, and sounds.
Do & See

The Big Easy

New Orleans has the uncanny ability to combine fun and excitement with its endless historical elements. Mardi Gras attracts millions of people each year, and the city's famed streets and districts will ll your itinerary. The sounds of jazz seem to follow you everywhere, and so do the welcoming, wide smiles of the New Orleanians.

Culture

It's easy to love and hard to leave the Big Easy

No matter the time of year, New Orleans welcomes its visitors in a grand way to experience Caribbean, American, French and African cultures colliding in a brilliant explosion of flavors, emotions and sounds. Music is everywhere here, people live to eat and every day is a party in the birthplace of Jazz, which is also home to Creole cuisine, century-old Spanish oaks and clacking streetcars. With a combination of city life and rural plantations, swamp tours, festivals, historical significance and revelry during Mardi Gras, New Orleans has the recipe to captivate everyone.

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Best Time to Visit

New Orleans is a happening city, which means there is something going on regardless of the time of year. That being said, the months from February through May are when the city is at its busiest, and many arrive for Mardi Gras as early as January. Temperatures rise throughout the summer (June through September), while October through January are moderate in temperature and less crowded than spring.

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Music

Tuning in to Music

A music lovers’ paradise that’s home to Jazz, Zydeco, R&B and Soul, New Orleans has produced its share of musical giants, from greats like Louis Armstrong to contemporary acts like Trombone Shorty, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Explore Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny, an original Creole neighborhood that’s a mecca for nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Live music occurs every day and night of the year, and many venues feature award-winning performers throughout the week. A must-stop is Preservation Hall, dedicated to preserving the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

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Fun Facts
1. Mardi Gras celebrations began in the early 1800s, but the first organized parade was 1857.
2. Contrary to popular belief, the buildings in the French Quarter are not in the style of French architecture; rather, they are Spanish.
Food

Eating Your Way Through The City

To fuel all that sightseeing, make a pit stop at the French Market for a cup of café au lait paired with a beignet, or get a cold drink on Bourbon Street. Plot your course for the rest of the day, ensuring you’ll have a chance to sample signature foods, including gumbo, jambalaya, po’boy sandwiches, boiled crawfish and charbroiled oysters. The city’s restaurants, and chefs, consistently earn spots on lists ranking the best places to eat in the USA.

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Events

A Constant Celebration

Immerse yourself in Louisiana’s musical, culinary and cultural heritage at one of more than 400 festivals celebrating everything from crawfish to cotton and Blues to barbecue. Don’t miss the biggest festival of all, Mardi Gras, with its spectacle of parades, music and food events, held in nearly every community in the state.

New Orleans' 300th Birthday Party

In 2018, New Orleans is throwing a glorious, year-long birthday party to mark its tricentennial – and everyone’s invited.

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