Ahh, spring! The frosty confines of winter have been shaken off, the snow has melted, and… wait – this is New Orleans we’re talking about here. True, winter is a welcome respite from the heat, but spring signals the beginning of festival season – and there’s plenty of that to go around in New Orleans. With over 300 festivals and celebrations each year, this is a city that really knows how to have a good time.
Springtime in New Orleans signals the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Besides Mardi Gras, this is the biggest celebration in New Orleans, and that’s saying quite a thing when a city celebrates over 300 festivals and celebrations a year. Talk to some locals, talk to some regular visitors to the city, and many of them will tell you – the Jazz and Heritage Festival is usually their favorite time of year.
Once the backdrop for southern balls, debutante dances, and duels to settle “affaires d’honnuer,” New Orleans City Park has a long history that has always been tied to this charming southern city. Over 1300 acres of grassland and the world’s largest stand of mature live-oaks make for one of the world’s largest (and oldest) urban parks.
One of the toughest parts about landing in a new city is getting the lay of the land. You can only walk so much and cabs can get expensive fast. The New Orleans Hop On – Hop Off City Tour is an easy and affordable way to get your bearings and help you to narrow down must see attractions.
New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. Of that much, we can be sure. But from what hot, dark, fern-overgrown corners of the city’s great nightclubs from whence jazz music sprang, when it did, and how, exactly isn’t nearly as clear.
Many dub Jelly Roll Morton as the original progenitor of Jazz, and though he certainly was a big proponent of the style and was certainly a pioneer of numerous styles and techniques of the genre, he isn’t solely responsible for its birth.
When you think about planning a trip to New Orleans, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? The French Quarter? Maybe Bourbon Street or beignets? Your days will fill up fast, but be sure to save time for one of NOLA’s lesser known attractions, The National WWII Museum.