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Cypress in the Swamps

Louisiana's swamps are famous for the beautiful red cypress trees that are so prevalent. Also called bald cypress, these trees are actually a type of pine tree and related to sequoias. Their sap contains tannic acid which works as a natural preservative and a fire...

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What’s With the Baby?

We all know that Mardi Gras season means the advent of those delicious rounds of braided cinnamon dough called King Cakes, but why is there a baby inside? The cakes originated in medieval France and Spain and were brought to Louisiana by the early French and Spanish...

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Sugar Plantations of Louisiana

Sugarcane has a long history here in Louisiana. When you head out of the city for a plantation tour you will find yourself quickly surrounded by sugar plantations. After Florida, Louisiana is the number two state for sugarcane production in the United States. The...

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King Cakes Galore!

The King Cake is a dearly beloved part of Mardi Gras season and has a long, rich history dating back to the eighteenth century. The round, cinnamon-roll like cakes with their sugary icing and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles come in many styles. King Cake has become so...

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Carnival Season is Here!

January means Carnival season in New Orleans, and everyone is getting out their decorations. The traditional gold, green, and purple Mardi Gras colors symbolize justice, faith, and power, and were selected by Rex as the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. Rex chose...

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The Battle of New Orleans

Yesterday marked the 199th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. A beautiful day in the French Quarter gave way to a commemoration of the incredible final battle of the war of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans was fought--and won--just four miles East of New Orleans...

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Victorian Architecture Uptown

When people familiar with the architecture of New Orleans think of the Uptown district they usually picture the iconic columns and clean lines of the neo-Classical style so abundant among the old oaks along St Charles Avenue. However, when you take a clos

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The Houma Indians

The United Houma Nation is a state recognized Native American tribe with approximately 17,000 citizens throughout the southeastern coast of Louisiana. Despite their large population and ancient presence in Louisiana, the Houma tribe has never been officially...

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The Language of Louisiana

New Orleans is a very cosmopolitan and multiethnic city. French is still spoken in Southern Louisiana by two very different groups, the French Creole and the Cajuns. Despite what many people believe, the Creole were actually the original French-speaking group in...

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Spanish Architecture in a French City

Although the city of New Orleans was built by Spanish and French colonials, after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, much of the city was refurbished in the modern Victorian style. As a result, relatively few buildings survive from the original Spanish architects....

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