If New York is the ‘city that doesn’t sleep,’ New Orleans is its equally insomnia-driven twin—but with a southern accent. Wander down streets where the strains of live music drift from open windows well into the wee hours; stop into a bar where the drinks are still flowing as the sun come us (legally, bars can stay open 24/7 in Louisiana) or enjoy a late night snack or early morning breakfast at one of the city’s many culinary hotspots.
New Orleans is made for foodies, with a wide variety of iconic dishes that are not only tasty, but give you a taste of the people and places that have influenced this cooking pot of a city. Along with jambalaya and gumbo, beignets and crawdads, there is a unique product that is only found in southern Louisiana that is a must-try when visiting: boudin.
there are more than 40 festivals and special events that take place in NOLA throughout the year, from food festivals to sporting events to cultural happenings. Here are the top 10 New Orleans festivals that you don’t know about.
Visiting New Orleans means submersing yourself in a world of color and light–one that has an unmistakable energy that is hard to duplicate. It’s inevitable that, once you return home, you’ll want to remember this particular place in this particular time. Buying souvenirs is one of the best ways to invoke memories of a trip and New Orleans is bursting with options. However, there are certain items that can evoke your five senses and take you straight back to NOLA with no beads involved.
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Mardi Gras is as iconic an event to New Orleans as New Year’s Eve is to Times Square: you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand it. However, much of the common images of Mardi Gras include throngs of people hanging off of balconies, begging for beads and flashing various bits of skin, indulging in every manner of debauchery. However, not everyone who visits for Mardi Gras is intent on devouring hurricanes and making questionable choices. For those who might be feeling a bit too…mature…for the Bacchanalian delights of Bourbon Street, there is a different side of Mardi Gras that is just as memorable.