It is tough to believe Mardi Gras 2015 is only around the corner and we are almost at the end of January. This year’s festival occurs on February 17th, and though there’ll be celebrations around the Earth, there is truly no better place in the world to celebrate than in The Big Easy.
Experience Mardi Gras
New Orleans is often thought of as gritty and hard, but it’s a city. It is really a melting pot of European, Caribbean, and African cultures which can be enjoyed.
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Whether you are craving cuisine, roaring jazz clubs, or picturesque colonial buildings, New Orleans has everything. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit New Orleans:
Traveling by Street Automobile
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a big deal, like a really large thing. Mardi Gras falls between February 3 and March 9, always 46 days before Easter. It’s a time of year when tourists and locals alike get together to celebrate the Mardi Gras, or”Fat Tuesday” before Lent. If you are a veteran celebrant of the festival, you are going to love the changes which are set to take place. To change, the parade paths are for one, such as the Krewe du Vieux parade on January 31st. Those with a sweet tooth will come across a bigger selection of cakes whereas Star Wars lovers can rejoice, offered this year — it seems that the Intergalactic Crew of Chewbacchus is now a faith in itself.
New Orleans has a number of different choices out there while dressing up and throwing rings may be just one person’s cup of tea, even for the adoring sports fan. The New Orleans Saints have not consistently been the most popular team in the Earth, but after Hurricane Katrina, the town’s community spirit has ramped up in recent years. College football is at least as hot, with Sugar Bowl event taking place every year. Basketball lovers can organize their trip to catch a New Orleans Pelicans match. If you prefer casinos, there is also the Harrah’s Resort and Casino in downtown on Poydras Street.
If you are visit does not coincide with Mardi Gras, then you are going to have the chance to really enjoy the French Quarter — an enjoyable district near downtown which is home to many beautiful Hawaiian buildings, excellent restaurants, quirky boutiques, and a great deal of souvenir shops. A Trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without strolling through the French Market, visiting the St. Louis Cathedral, with some world-famous beignets at Café Du Monde, and also passing by some of the area’s historical buildings: French Opera House, Jackson Square, Hermann-Grima House, along with the Cabildo House.
Even the New Orleans Street Car is still a good (and cheap way) to get different parts of the city. Though perhaps not the method of transport, passengers are given the chance to enjoy a traditional ride across town by the road car. There are three traces: St. Charles, Canal Street, and Riverfront. The St. Charles line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar on earth! The car itself comprises mahogany chairs and original brass fixtures. For 150 years the St. Charles street car has hauled people in the Central Business District through uptown New Orleans — a place with French resurrection mansions, some of the country’s finest universities, and house to oak-lined St. Charles Avenue. Get off to roam around Audubon Park’s Gorgeous grounds. A pass on the streetcar costs $3. One-ways price $1.50. The circuit is about 13 miles.
Tip: Don’t ever call the road car a trolley in New Orleans!
After all that excitement, it’s likely you’ll wind up a hunger. Thankfully New Orleans is also home to a number of America Creole and French-fusion restaurants. For a traditional dinner, have a Po’ Boy. Po’ Boys would be. Po’ Boys generally come with meat or fried fish, of which the fried shrimp along with buddy oyster are our favorites! Attempt Southern food if you are in the mood for gourmet. Other favorites among the natives: La Crêpe Nanou Bistro (uptown), Le Petite Grocery (uptown), Mr. B’s Bistro (French Quarter), along with the famous Arnaud’s Restaurant (French Quarter). Some typical foods include: rice and red beans, gumbo, jambalaya, hot boiled crawfish, Andouille sausage, muffaletta sandwich, and bananas. It’s no wonder!
That is by no means the list of reasons why you should visit with New Orleans, however, it’s a start. New Orleanians are favorable in case you’re searching for something interesting to do and sailors will point you in the right direction.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
-Cajun expression meaning”Let the good times roll!”