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Visiting New Orleans
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Mark Twain once said that New Orleans was one of the only "unique" American cities...the rest were cookie cutter models of each other. New Orleans is certainly the most European of U.S. cities, and is the largest American city to have once been predominantly French-speaking.

These days, you won't find many New Orleanians speaking French, but that influence remains. The world-famous French Quarter (actually mostly Spanish architecture, but that's a different story!) attracts visitors from across the globe. The 100 blocks that make up the Quarter feature fascinating architecture, great clubs and restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street nightlife, French Market, Jackson Square, Royal Street antique shopping and the new riverfront Woldenberg Park are just some of the many neighborhood attractions.

But New Orleans isn't just the French Quarter. The city boasts several neighborhoods> of interest, from oak-lined Uptown to historic Algiers Point to the fun and hip Faubourg Marigny to the tranquil Bayou St. John area of Mid-City. And don't forget the majestic mansions of the Garden District or the modern appeal of the Warehouse District, either!

Local Events:

  • Essence Music Festival

    Essence Music Festival is the largest event celebrating contemporary African American music and culture in the United States. The annual festival, sponsored by Essence Magazine, has been held in New Orleans every year since its inception in 1995, except for 2006 when it was moved to Houston, Texas following Hurricane Katrina. The 2017 edition will be the 23rd Annual Essence Music Festival.

    Jun 30, 2017 thru Jul 04, 2017
    http://www.essencemusicfestival.com
  • Satchmo Summerfest

    "What a Wonderful World" you will discover during an entertaining and educational weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Come Celebrate the life of Louis Armstrong with a fun-filled weekend of activities and music including: Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and a Brass Band; Plus Children's programming as well as all of our speaker seminars with nationally renowned speakers. And of course there will be lots of delicious local food and drink available for consumption. Or as Satchmo would say, it's all "Red Beans and Ricely Yours!"

    Aug 03, 2017 thru Aug 06, 2017
    http://www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest/
  • Southern Decadence

    Southern Decadence has its roots as a themed going-away party thrown in August 1972 by a small group of friends in the French Quarter. It has evolved into a top gay Labor Day weekend event and has become known as the "Gay Mardi Gras". Participants begin arriving on the Wednesday before Labor Day and generally don't even think of returning home until the following Tuesday. The event attracts over 100,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants.

    Aug 30, 2017 thru Sep 04, 2017
    http://www.southerndecadence.net/
  • Voodoo Experience

    The Annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience will be held Halloween weekend in New Orleans' City Park. Please Join us this October among the lagoons, live oak trees, tens of thousands of music fans in sharing the Experience of Voodoo. Since its 1999 debut, the VOODOO EXPERIENCE has called New Orleans home. Voodoo had humble beginnings as a one day festival in Tad Gormley Stadium. The wide-ranging line-up of talent each year reflects the multitude of cultures that define New Orleans.

    Oct 27, 2017 thru Oct 29, 2017
    https://www.voodoofestival.com/