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Nature in NOLA

While some of our guests may be shoveling snow at home, New Orleanians have been soaking up the warm sunshine with near perfect weather the past few weeks! If you are planning to visit New Orleans this Spring, you too can enjoy one of the most beautiful times of year...

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Mardi Gras Culture Unmasked

New Orleans is full of rich history and traditions, and Mardi Gras is of course one of them. The tradition originated in medieval times in Europe and made its way to the U.S. via French colonists, the founders of our fabulous city. Ever since 1699,...

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Mardi Gras Parade

Krewe du Vieux kicks off the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade schedule this Saturday, February 11th. As parades go, this is one of the most anticipated by locals and is sure to astound and delight visitors as well! It is the one parade of the carnival season that isn't...

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Fort St. John of the Bayou

Fort St. John of the Bayou or Fort San Juan del Bayou, later shortened to Fort St. John, was established in 1701 by the French as the first defensive position outside the city. It was located at the base of Bayou St. John where it opened to Lake Pontchartrain. The...

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How to Prepare for Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras day will be on February 28th this year, but Mardi Gras season has already begun! Here are some things you can do to get ready for the main event... 1. Decorate! Red, green, and gold Christmas decorations are easily converted into purple...

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LUNA Fete Lights Up Downtown NOLA

Established by the Arts Council of New Orleans, LUNA (Light Up NewOrleans Arts) Fete is a festival that shines a light on New Orleans' artists and works of art, past and present. This spectacle celebrates the intersection of art, architecture, technology and...

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Southern Louisiana Christmas Bonfires

One of Southern Louisiana's favorite holiday traditions is the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River. It is believed to be a tradition brought to our state by nineteenth century French immigrants. The lighting of bonfires on certain holidays was a...

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Must Do List This Holiday Season!

If you plan to spend time in New Orleans around the holidays, here are a few activities we recommend adding to your itinerary: - Ride the St. Charles streetcar in the evening to view the magnificent lights and decor of the mansions on the Avenue. - Visit City Park's...

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