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King Cake Customs in New Orleans

New Orleanians love their desserts (Bananas Foster, anyone?), and Mardi Gras is the perfect time to load up on one of our favorites, king cake! These ubiquitous pastries can be found all over the crescent city in the first few weeks of the year as they are a required...

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Faubourg Marigny

The Faubourg Marigny is a quintessential New Orleans neighborhood. First developed in the early 19th century by an eccentric Creole millionaire, the area was originally a plantation outside the city limits of New Orleans. The area has a slightly seedy history as it...

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Happy New Year, NOLA!

New Year's Eve is when you find all the biggest parties (except for Mardi Gras, but you'll have to wait a few more weeks for that to start!), and New Orleans is no exception. From Audubon Zoo's popular kiddie party Zoo Year's Eve, starting at 10a.m. on...

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Lighting the Way

The annual bonfire lighting along the Mississippi River kicks off a sundown on Christmas Eve. Bonfires will be lit from Gramercy to Paulina. Parish officials recommend arriving along the levee by 7pm to stake out a good spot. This annual Louisiana tradition is tied to...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

New Orleans is a city that loves to eat, relax, and find any excuse to celebrate. Thanksgiving weekend is no exception, and even in a city proud of its European heritage, we can still show visitors a good time on this all-American day. The 141st horse racing season...

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Preparing for Super Bowl XLVII

We in New Orleans love our Saints football team, and thanks to their recent victory in the Super Bowl in 2010 the city will be playing host to this year's big game. In anticipation for the hundreds of thousands who will come to Louisiana for the big event, the...

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Creole Gumbo Festival

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will be taking place this weekend in Louis Armstrong Park, just north of the French Quarter. Festivals are always happening in New Orleans, regardless of the time of year, and with hot pots of Gumbo abounding the cooler weather is no...

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Treme Bicentennial

The old New Orleans neighborhood of Faubourg Tremé, often referred to simply as Tremé, was the first free black neighborhood in America. Since 1812, when the neighborhood was incorporated into the city, Tremé has given birth to a whole host of New Orleans icons: jazz,...

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Art for Arts’ Sake

One of the more famous New Orleans art events of the year is of course White Linen Night, the Saturday afternoon in August when galleries open their doors and the city dons (what else?) white linen as it strolls through the Art District. Although White Linen Night has...

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