Category: Attractions

Festivals In New Orleans

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The word “FUN” is synonymous with the term Festivals in New Orleans. NOLA is known the world over as a fun town, full of festivities, parades, music, food, and art.

Winter Festival

Mardi Gras is just one of the many New Orleans festivals that this city can boast, and it is a very large events. Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday so it is a different calendar day every year. Mardi Gras is a big draw to the Crescent City. Of all the festivals in New Orleans this is the largest with the guest from all over the world. Any weekend you visit New Orleans you are guaranteed that there will be festivals going on the year round. In this town that never seems to sleep.

Springtime Festivals in New Orleans

The French Quarter Festival runs during four days in mid-April where non-stop 275 hours of musical entertainment can be enjoyed on twenty stages. Music fans flock to Woldenberg Park, Jackson Square, Decatur Street, The Old U.S. Mint and other scattered French Quarter venues. The festival attracts over 500,000 participants for this New Orleans music fest. Begun in 1984, the French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the South. It represents a multitude of musical genres such as traditional and contemporary jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Zydeco, Latin World, International, and children’s music. Food and drink is available in beautiful Jackson Square and a free shuttle service will take you from stage to stage.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April and May is a must see. This is the crown jewel of New Orleans festivals. The historical New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course in Gentilly is the venue. 12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more.

The Louisiana Marketplace is a showcase of original handcrafted clothing, gorgeous leather goods and crafted musical instruments, along with a colorful array of paintings, photographs, sculptures and one-of-a-kind jewelry items. You will find delectable food items in Congo Square, Heritage Square and the other food areas selling such wares as Po-Boys, Cajun Jambalaya, Alligator Pies, Beignets, Crawfish Bisque, Pralines, and fresh pies to name a few items. It is food and music galore. On the crafty and cultural end, there are “villages” set up to represent the various heritages such as Louisiana Folklife Village where Cajun musicians handcraft accordions, boat builders ply their craft, and you will learn the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians and Marching Clubs. The Native American Village will introduce you to a real pow-wow with traditional dances, drumming and singing.

Summer Festival

The Satchmo Summerfest is an event that music lovers everywhere should not miss. It dedicates this New Orleans jazz fest to the life and music of New Orleans born Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. It is a free music festival enhanced with speakers, seminars and food and drink.

Xmas in New Orleans

There is no Christmas like Christmas New Orleans Style, a festival held during the month of December. Food, romance, art, architecture and music, this festival has it all. Enjoy the gospel choirs in the St. Louis Cathedral. Feel like a little child again as you stroll or ride along the oak trees all lit up in City Park. See the homes decorated in the Garden District. Every nook and cranny of New Orleans is ready for the holidays during the entire month of the season.

Second Line Schedule 2018

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Old & Nu Style Fellas Second Line Parade
Sunday, April 15 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Westbank Super Sunday
Sunday, April 22 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Friday, April 27 at 10:00am – Sunday, April 29
Thursday, May 3 at 10:00am – Sunday, May 6

Original Big Seven Second Line Parade
Sunday, May 13 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Divine Ladies Second Line Parade
Sunday, May 20 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Zulu Second Line Parade
Sunday, May 20 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Money Wasters Second Line Parade
Sunday, May 27 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

New Orleans Bayou Steppers Second Line Parade
Sunday, June 3 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

2018 New Orleans Saints Schedule

Date Opponent TIME
Date TBA Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Panthers Carolina Panthers
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Browns Cleveland Browns
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Rams Los Angeles Rams
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Redskins Washington Redskins
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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Date TBA Falcons at Atlanta Falcons
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
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Date TBA Ravens at Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
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Date TBA Panthers at Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
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Date TBA Bengals at Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
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Date TBA Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
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Date TBA Vikings at Minnesota Vikings
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
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Date TBA Giants at New York Giants
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
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Date TBA Buccaneers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
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Second Line Schedule 2016-2017

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8/28- Valley of The Silent Men/ 1st 2nd line of the season (UPTOWN)


9/4- NO PARADE SCHEDULED/Possible makeup date
9/11- Young Men Olympians {2 Hour Mini} (UPTOWN)
9/18- Good Fellas (UPTOWN)
9/25- Young Men Olympians {Regular 4 Hour} (UPTOWN)


10/2- Family Ties (DOWNTOWN)
10/9- Prince of Wales (UPTOWN)
10/15- {SATURDAY 2ND LINE} Black Men of Labor (DOWNTOWN)
10/16- Men of Class (UPTOWN)
10/23- Original 4 (UPTOWN)
10/30- Women of Class (UPTOWN)


11/6- We Are 1 (UPTOWN)
11/13- Sudan (DOWNTOWN)
11/20- 9 Times & 9SL (DOWNTOWN)
11/27- Lady & Men Buckjumpers (UPTOWN)


12/4- Dumaine Street Gang (DOWNTOWN) & Westbank Steppers (WESTBANK)
12/11- New Generation (UPTOWN)
12/18- Big Nine (DOWNTOWN)
12/25- Lady & Men Rollers (UPTOWN)


1/1- Perfect Gentlemen (UPTOWN)
1/8- Lady Jetsetters (UPTOWN)
1/15- Undefeated Divas (DOWNTOWN)
1/22- Ladies & Men of Unity (UPTOWN)


2/5- Treme Sidewalk Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
2/12- CTC Steppers (DOWNTOWN)

MARCH 2017

3/5- VIP Ladies & Kids (UPTOWN)
3/12- Keep N It Real (DOWNTOWN)
3/26- Revolution (DOWNTOWN)

APRIL 2017

4/2- New Orleans Bayou Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
4/9- Single Ladies (UPTOWN)
4/16- Pigeon Town Steppers (UPTOWN) {EASTER SUNDAY}
4/23- Old & Nu Style Fellas (DOWNTOWN)

MAY 2017

5/14- Original Big 7 (DOWNTOWN) {MOTHER’S DAY}
5/21- Divine Ladies (UPTOWN) & ZULU (DOWNTOWN)
5/28- Money Wasters (DOWNTOWN)

JUNE 2017

6/18- Perfect Gentlemen Father’s Day Parade (UPTOWN)
6/25- Uptown Swingers {THE LAST 2ND LINE OF THE SEASON}


French Quarter Festival 2014

Festivals in New Orleans

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I had a great time at the French Quarter Festival this year. Every year the crowds are getting bigger.  Surely all attendance records were broken this year with all of the great weather we had.  If the crowds continue to grow, it may require that they stop all vehicle traffic in the French Quarter for this festival. The organization will have to revisit the parking situation in the French Quarter and surrounding area to handle the massive crowds.

French Quarter Festival is a free, annual music festival located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1983 with the first festival held in 1984, French Quarter Festival features 1,400 musicians across 21 stages in the French Quarter. The impressive array of music showcases a variety of popular New Orleans’ genres including traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun-Zydeco, world, brass band, blues, rock, and pop from some of New Orleans’ most well-known musicians. French Quarter Festival offers cuisine from more than 65 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at the ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. With an annual attendance of over 560,000,[1] the festival bills itself as “The Largest Free Festival In the South.”[2] The next French Quarter Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014.

French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

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New Orleans During The Civil War

New Orleans during The Civil War was captured by the Union Army in 1862.  Whether you are a history buff or a sightseeing tourist, this fact will have great importance as you tour the state of Louisiana and make your way to New Orleans.  You will find memorials, museums and other reminders of the role Louisiana played in the outcome of the Civil War.  New Orleans was the largest and richest city in the South when Louisiana seceded from the Union.  It was the first major Southern city to be recaptured by Union troops.

Louisiana Civil War MuseumNew Orleans was occupied by the Union troops for three years, many of whom decided to make their homes there when the war ended.  New Orleans became an attractive, vital place for them to live and make their living with the ports, abundance of fresh seafood and the lively neighborhoods.

In New Orleans history, the city was a strong Confederate city.  In fact, New Orleans was the largest Confederate city in the Confederacy.  In the midst of the Civil War New Orleans was a stronghold, adding thousands of troops to the fight.  Its location along the Mississippi River made it an important city and a target for Union soldiers to capture.  Once captured, New Orleans became less vital to the South as its ports were no longer available to her.

While touring New Orleans, there is much for you to see in terms of Civil War, New Orleans artifacts and New Orleans history.  If you visit the New Orleans visitors web site or ask about tours of the area, you will get a feel for what artifacts and memorials you will be able to investigate.  For example, you can visit the Army of Tennessee Memorial at Metairie Cemetery. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.  A statue and tomb of General Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard, an important Confederate officer, can be found there.

You can view the Confederate Memorial Hall at Louisiana’s oldest continually operating museum (under renovation since Katrina).  It contains the second-largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world..  It is a repository for records, reports, artifacts, and memorabilia of the Civil War.  The body of Jefferson Davis, the first Confederate President, lay in state at Memorial Hall on May 29, 1893, just two years after the Confederate Museum opened.  President Davis died in New Orleans in 1889. He lay in state at the Memorial Hall for a day and a half while over 600,000 people came to pay their respects and view the body.

Chalmette Battlefield
Battle of 1815 New Orleans

Also take a look at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery which was the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

Must See Attractions in New Orleans

Many tourists come to Louisiana and don’t get to visit the must see attractions in New Orleans. Some of the attractions are fairly obvious ones that most people know about while others are more off the beaten track. There are so many things to do in New Orleans.

carriage ride in the french quarter
most see attractions in New Orleans

Take the New Orleans School of Cooking, for instance. This is one of the few places that a visitor can take classes in classic Creole cooking, making jambalaya, shrimp Creole, or gumbo dishes. If you love authentic New Orleans cooking and want to know how it’s made, you need to visit this attraction and view a demonstration class.

Another attraction is the National World War II Museum. The focus here is on the remembrance and celebration of the American Spirit, courage and the sacrifices of the men and women who served during World War II. There are many relics on display and audiovisual demonstrations. Plan on spending at least half a day touring this fantastic museum, noted as being the best of its kind in the country.

Attractions in New Orleans Not To Be Missed!

One attractions not to be missed is a tour through the Garden District. If you contact the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, you can get information on self-guided tours of this beautiful neighborhood. You will see antebellum mansions, gorgeous gardens and the way the “new rich” lived and built their homes in the 19th century.

Take a factory tour of the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. The tour begins with a cocktail and ends with a tasting of four types of rum. See the process of distilling rum from beginning to end. This is a great way to spend some time on something novel to do outside of the quarter.

The Audubon Zoo is a favorite with adults and children alike. You will find an interesting swamp exhibit here, where, by the way, you can eat a meal of delicious jambalaya! You’ll also find a Cajun Village, and all of the exhibits, indoors and out, that can be expected at a top-notch zoo.

Jackson Square

The History of New Orleans
Jackson Square

For a fun outdoor walking experience, visit Jackson Square, a famous landmark facing the Mississippi River and is surrounded by the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Presbytere (Mardi Gras museum with the Katrina exhibit). Here is a great place to sit, relax and do some people watching. Jackson Square ties a lot of the different histories and sights of New Orleans together. In any direction you walk, you’ll see one of the New Orleans attractions you’ve heard about. You will come across Bourbon Street, St Louis Cathedral, Cafe du Monde, Marie Laveau’s, Pat O’Brien’s, The French Market, The Riverwalk and The Natchez Paddle-Wheeler. Take a horse drawn carriage ride and admire the picturesque area. There are so many things to do while in the Crescent City! Enjoy yourself and remember there are many things to do in New Orleans because NOLA never sleeps!