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Holidays to New Orleans

New Orleans holidays can stimulate both the mind and the body. The city, also known as the Big Easy, has been called the birthplace of jazz. Famous US musicians from New Orleans include Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, King Oliver, Kid Ory and, in recent years, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.

New Orleans music festivals are a real sight to see. The hedonistic spirit is exemplified in Mardi Gras, the carnival season, which starts the day before the Christian faith’s Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras parties, parades, masquerade balls and musical events go on till the early hours, attracting both new and repeat visitors on New Orleans holidays.

Every year, the French Quarter hosts the three-day long French Quarter Festival. The festival has over 15 musical stages, and events take place throughout the French Quarter. Musical entertainment includes jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans funk, traditional brass band music, folk, Latin and gospel. The world’s largest jazz brunch is held in Jackson Square. Taking in the sights and sounds of this wonderful free festival is a great way to spend holidays in New Orleans.

As a central city of the Old South, New Orleans has a rich history and a frequently grand style of architecture. Holidays to New Orleans can include trips to the surrounding Louisiana countryside. There are a number of plantation homes open to visitors. Oak Alley Plantation, a Greek Revival plantation home, can be visited by river tour or by car from New Orleans. Oak Alley features extensive grounds, a restaurant and a small souvenir shop. For the historically minded, Beauregard House Plantation is situated a few miles from the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery. There is an annual re-enactment of the battle of New Orleans (1814 – 1815), with volunteers in period costumes handling period weaponry and equipment. The Battle of New Orleans ended with the defeat of the British by US General Andrew Jackson, providing an end coda to the American Revolution and the War of Independence.

Visitors can also go on a Mississippi riverboat tour. The mighty Mississippi flows along some of the oldest parts of New Orleans. Riverboat cruises leave throughout the day, mostly from the French Quarter and Algiers Point parts of the city.

The vibrancy and musical spirit of New Orleans attracts visitors throughout the year. The spring and summer months are typically the busiest, with the Mardi Gras season leading to a significant temporary increase in the city’s population.

There is no greater city than New Orleans in which to experience old Southern charm, live entertainment and a hedonistic atmosphere of live and let live.


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