New Orleans Overview
Founded by the French and formerly controlled by the Spanish, New Orleans has a truly distinct history and present image. New Orleans is still one of largest ports in both the United States and in the world. This distinctly southern city is truly original and irreplaceable in every possible way. Visitors reminisce on the indescribable Old World charm that still prevails, despite the introduction of modern innovations. Historically plagued with natural disasters like fires and floods, New Orleans has unwaveringly preserved its layered history, its reputation for world-famous jazz and outstanding cuisine, and its romantic Creole heritage.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest part of the city of New Orleans. The French Quarter is a well-blended mix of a mix of local residences, clubs, souvenir shops, world-famous restaurants, voodoo vendors, and more. The French Quarter is also home popular sightseeing tours and famous landmarks like the St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and the infamous Bourbon Street.
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the biggest annual celebration in the city. Mardi Gras Day always falls on the Tuesday before the Christian observance of the Lenten season. Parades travel down New Orleans’ streets and captivate the attention of all the excited bystanders. This citywide carnival transforms the city and lifts the spirits of the people of New Orleans. During this time of year, pretty much anything goes.
The Southern Melting Pot
New Orleans is a city flourishing with experimental artists, legendary performers, well-known musicians, savvy businessmen, professional athletes, voodoo queens, and experienced culinary masters. Indulgent tastes, sights, sounds, and activities are ever-present in this colorful city. Take a swamp tour, eat beignets, visit Jackson Square, ride a horse-drawn carriage, and dance to jazz music in the only city that celebrates life year-round.
Visit New Orleans
New Orleans has been dubbed “The Big Easy”, because it so aptly describes the relaxed, hospitable attitude of this lovely city, steeped in history and intertwining cultures.
From art galleries and museums to professional sports, from the high life on Bourbon Street to charming antique shops, New Orleans offers every visitor hundreds of entertaining and enjoyable options. Visit the gem of the South and discover a place where hospitality never ends!