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25 Things You Should Know About New Orleans

Thinking of picking up and moving to New Orleans? Or are you a proud New Orleanian? Then you'll want to take a stroll with us down the New Orleans lifestyle.

Mitchel Broussard

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Grad

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1. It’s pronounced New Or-luns, not New Or-leans.


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Unless you want a giant neon sign hanging from your forehead that reads “I am not from here.”

2. It is known as the “Crescent City”.


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Because of its moon-like shape hugging the Mississippi River.

3. Two words: The food.


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Okay here’s some more words: In New Orleans beignets have been a staple of Creole cuisine, and is the basis for one of the city’s most popular dives: Cafe du Monde. The delicacies were even named the Louisiana state doughnut back in 1986. Unfortunately not every state has named their own doughnut. Call your local congressman today to rectify this egregious matter.

4. Speaking of which, in New Orleans it’s not a “sub,” it’s a “poboy.”


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5. The term “Dixieland” originates in the city.


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Dixieland referenes the Old South and the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans performers. It’s since been used as a name for pretty much every middle-of-nowhere rinky-dink theme park ever.

6. Most of the buildings and architecture around today actually have more of a Spanish history.


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Due to a city-wide fire that spread in the 1700s under Spanish rule, most of the earlier French buildings were lost.

7. Guinness officially named the nearby Lake Pontchartrain Causeway the longest continuous bridge in the world.


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See, even Louisiana can have nice things.

8. The New Orleans Superdome is one of the largest enclosed arenas in the world.


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It’s so big that condensation inside it can allegedly make rainstorms within the dome. You can stop reading here and just pack your bags now, really. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

9. Mardi Gras may not have originated here (it actually got its start in Mobile, AL) but it sure as hell stayed.


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10. In fact, the Endymion Krewe has more than 2,500 members and sees about 15,000 guests to its parades every year.


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Of it’s circa 80 parades per year, their parades are the largest the city sees.

11. The motto of the Endymion Krewe is “Throw Until It Hurts”.


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Meaning you are guaranteed to get cool stuff hurled precariously close to your face at any moment.

12. Endymion has also been grand marshaled by many a famous face, such as Marisa Tomei, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Costner, Kelly Clarkson, and Maroon 5.


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13. Speaking of famous people, a ton of them were born in the city.


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They are known to return every now and then for a visit, including Reese Witherspoon, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ellen DeGeneres (who was actually born right outside the city in Metairie).

14. Lee Harvey Oswald, president JFK’s assassin, was born in New Orleans in 1939.


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This factoid is meant to counterbalance all the positives on this list; otherwise, the world may step into chaos.

15. History question: During the Civil War, what was the largest city in the Confederate States of America? You guessed it: New Orleans.


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Like most Southern cities, it has a storied and bloody history that shows how it’s grown over the years, but also one that can’t be ignored. Just avoid asking everyone which side their great grandparents fought for.

16. It was New Orleans where voodoo was first introduced into the United States.


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In fact, in the 1800s Voodoo queens became central figures in the culture. In New Orleans, Marie Laveau gained prominence amongst these figures. She was an oracle, performed exorcisms, and overthrew the other queens in the city. Because of this influence she is remembered to this day. Fun fact: her tomb in the New Orleans cemetery even warrants more visitors than Elvis Presley’s in Tennessee. That’s a legacy.

17. Vampires and werewolves and fae-folk… oh, you get it.


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HBO’s uber-popular southern paranormal drama “True Blood” takes place in the fictional town of Bon-Temps, LA and throws a gallon of supernatural paint at the wall to see what sticks. What does this have to do with New Orleans? Not much, but it’s probably the most recognizable popular culture representation of a Louisianian town and is hard to ignore because of it. Just don’t let the were-panthers scare you off.

18. Louisiana is 1 of 2 states in the U.S. that does not have counties.


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Instead, the state prefers the term “parishes.” Unsurprisingly, New Orleans is situated in Orleans Parish.

19. The city was originally founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville for the sole purpose of being safe from hurricanes.


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An act that would today earn him his own facepalm gif.

20. The French Quarter, known as the heart of New Orleans.


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A popular tourist stop for shopping and street vendors. It’s actually the small square area that Bienville first founded when he discovered the area. Thirteen city blocks long by six deep – the original boundaries of New Orleans.

21. Alcohol is practically given away in the city and can be found at any time of day.


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Bars stay open day and night, and because of the city’s festivals happening throughout the year, most bars give patrons little to-go cups for their favorite poisons. Inebriation, ahoy!

22. Like gambling? Thank New Orleans.


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The city was the place where both craps and poker were invented.

23. The first opera in the U.S. was performed in New Orleans way back in 1796.


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They may not be popular nowadays but this early form of performance art is easily traceable to having influenced the influx of the theater arts in the US, including the myriad interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays stateside and the eruption of Broadway throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

24. The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in 2010.


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I’m not a big sports guy, but I got out of pretty much all my classes the day after, so I’m with everyone who consider this to be a generally cool thing.

25. Treme (pronounced tre-may).


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Once known as the “Back of Town,” is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans and is widely known as a racially mixed area. It’s an integral center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture. HBO made the polarizing TV show “Treme,” chronicling life of a cast of characters living in this lesser off section of the city. Sorry, no joke here. Have you seen “Treme?” They mean business on that show.

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posted on: May 28, 2013
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  1. Scoopaloop

    This is not good.

    • May in response to Scoopaloop

      Agreed. Completely cringe-worthy. Out of New Orleans’ almost 300 year history, he pulls crap that someone would figure out after a week being here. As long as you’re coherent (and not puking all over the Quarter,) this stuff is a no-brainer. A simple google search would yield better info than this.

  2. Andrea

    Love #1. Also – if you live there, Mardi Gras is the only acceptable time to wear beads.

    • guywithanantfarm in response to Andrea

      Not true- St. Patty’s Day is also acceptable provided they are green or white…

      • Nolaart in response to guywithanantfarm

        St. Joseph day if they are red and white. Any Saints game day if they are black and gold.

  3. Jay Bienvenu

    If True Blood truly is the most recognizable popular culture representation of a Louisianian town, then we have a major image problem to fix.

    Also, Louisiana isn’t the only state that doesn’t have counties. Alaska doesn’t either.

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Jay Bienvenu

      Thanks for the heads up. Article updated.

    • bob in response to Jay Bienvenu

      It says 1 of 2 states. Read before you speak.

      • Liz in response to bob

        Because of the comment, the article was updated. Read the thread before you speak.

    • Jill in response to Jay Bienvenu

      Jay– The article stated that Louisiana is ONE OF TWO STATES that do not have counties.

    • Richard Bienvenu in response to Jay Bienvenu

      I think this post is great!! It shows the diversity of the place. There is so much to see and do. The True Blood thing is just a bit of fun. I mean, you know, this area does have a reputation for voodoo and vampires and all that. So why not capitalize on it.

      What’s great about it is that it shows New Orleans and Louisiana has gotten a growing reputation for a place where popular TV series and movies can be made. This brings a lot business to the region which is good for the state.

      New Orleans is a great destination and folks come from all over the world to enjoy all that it has to offer. It’s one of the top 10 destinations in fact. That’s saying a lot.

  4. Trailer Park Jesus

    #6 is a bit misleading. While it’s true that most of the original buildings, built under French control (1718 – 1763) burned down, the Spanish never really populated New Orleans with colonists. The Spanish government inherited the French speaking citizens, and they rebuilt the city after the two major fires, which occurred under Spanish rule. The French didn’t suddenly become more Spanish influenced, as the French always far out-numbered the Spanish in New Orleans.

    • Cheryl David in response to Trailer Park Jesus

      Amen & thank goodness!

    • Randy in response to Trailer Park Jesus

      The photograph shows Greek Revival architecture – not Spanish.

  5. Tim

    Number 10: the 15,000 guests is the number of people who buy tickets to attend the after-parade party. The number of people who enjoy the parade along the streets of New Orleans is probably more than 100,000.

    • papa-noel in response to Tim

      you forgot to mention Gaston the Alligator, Papa Noel, the way we pronounce certain words, the rising housing costs, the extreme lack of public parking in the French Quarter, how a Planter’s Punch from the Old Absinthe House is substantially like a Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane and either one of these drinks has the ability to knock a grown man on his rear and miss a day of life and work and disable him from even thinking about driving a car, you also forgot to mention the fact that these two drinks are so sweet as to render them far more innocent tasting than they have a right to be, you also forgot to mention the sweltering mind-numbing humid high heat summers that will have you running for the a/c as if it were a sainted object, and of course, you forgot to mention the ongoing crime and it’s 50 year reign in new orleans … also the corruption and the parties and the wonderful people. and also, tell them to stay away from PJ’s Coffee because it is just brown water and way overpriced.

      • Fijimom in response to papa-noel

        What?! PJ’s coffee is the best! Plus it originated in New Orleans, unlike that Seattle swill.

    • Cajun Doll in response to Tim

      I caught that, too, Tim. However, I would guess that it probably has over 100,000 viewers.

  6. G-Thang

    Great piece. I love NOLA! But, please spell cemetery right. Also, quotation marks go after a period.

    • Tara Singletary in response to G-Thang

      Actually, many grammar teachers teach that a period goes after quotation marks. It depends on who taught you.

      • Kim in response to Tara Singletary

        It actually depends on the style being used as to whether punctuation goes inside or outside of quotation marks. It is not based on who taught you. Associated Press style dictates that punctuation marks go inside of quotation marks, but MLA and APA style dictate that punctuation goes outside of quotation marks. I use and teach two of these styles.

        • Annie in response to Kim

          MLA is inside the quotation marks.

        • Teacher in response to Kim

          APA also requires commas and periods be inside the quotation marks, (also a teacher here). From Purdue University’s OWL website:

          Quotation Marks

          “Use quotation marks to enclose direct quotations. Note that commas and periods are placed inside the closing quotation mark, and colons and semicolons are placed outside. The placement of question and exclamation marks depends on the situation.”

  7. Tara Singletary

    Correction to #8: The Superdome is THE world’s largest indoor arena, not one of the largest.

    • Kim in response to Tara Singletary

      It was until the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, near Dallas, Texas, was built.
      The Cowboys Stadium is larger at 3 million square feet than the Louisiana Superdome’s 269,000 square ft.It’s taller,larger,holds more people (80,000 vs 65,000, and the Cowboy’s is expandable to 80,000),has more bathrooms,suites, and concession areas. – See more at: http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-bigger-cowboys-stadium-or-louisiana-superdome#sthash.ZDAJaI2w.dpuf

      • TBB in response to Kim

        Actually, the Louisiana Superdome can hold 80,000 spectators, and over 100,000 for concerts or other events where the floor is open to the public. The Saints only sell 65,000 tickets or closer to 69,000 to guarantee sell outs each Sunday so they can claim to have sold out AND have the games broadcast locally.

  8. McLyle

    Thank you for putting these colorful fun facts together. I can only assume it took quite a bit of work.

    • Teacher in response to McLyle

      I enjoyed this piece as well. Also, I would like to thank whoever is monitoring these comments for correcting a typo in one of my posts. That was so kind of you! <3

  9. BB

    #21, it’s “go cup” – Unless you want a giant neon sign hanging from your forehead that reads “I am not from here.”

  10. nina

    well i grew up in new orleans and chalmette and i was born in chalmette … and i pronounce it like this; NEW OR LEE ANS and i am pretty dang sure you aren’t going to correct me, now are you?

    i do NOT say NEW OR LUNS and i never ever have.

    • Ann in response to nina

      I don’t think anything coming out of Chalemette is ever considered the standard for anything in New Orleans LOL

      • Kris in response to Ann

        Lol Ann! That is the truth.
        And to answer your question Nina we wouldn’t correct you just make fun of you for being a Chalmation.

      • Jamais in response to Ann

        Ann-
        Best response ever.

      • May in response to Ann

        Ann, you win the prize of the internet! :D Still can’t stop laughing.

      • Cheryl David in response to Ann

        Now that’s the troot, sha!

    • Rose in response to nina

      New Or-lee-uns is how we said it Uptown. More like Nyeew Ahr-lea-yuns, but definitely three syllables in Orleans.

      • liz m c in response to Rose

        My Grandpa, Major Francis Martello arrested Lee Harvey Oswald just a few months before he shot JFK : )

        jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/martell1.htm

      • TBB in response to Rose

        That’s the Uptown and Carrollton upper class pronunciation…”Nyoo Awl-yuns” after the “hurrakin.”

      • C Myers in response to Rose

        You got it–the old money pronounce it thus and, when I was growing up, all the broadcasters still said it that way. The recent spread of the “lazy” way? I blame that on every idiot reporter who visited after Katrina.

    • Valerie in response to nina

      Born and raised in New Orleans….its pronounced New Orluns in the 9th ward and there abouts.

    • Guywithanantfarm in response to nina

      Depends on where ya at- in Kenner we say New Orluns … well not really we say “in town” if ya going there…

    • Dumb in response to nina

      Well you’re saying it wrong. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE says it the way it’s listed in this article. Sorry that you’re from DA PARISH, but either way you’re not from New Orleans.

    • LCO in response to nina

      It’s Nu-Awlins to me, now and forever. Also “my-nez” not “mayo-naise”. Yep, my period is outside the quotation marks. I’m from down the bayou, you gotta excuse me.

      • Cheryl David in response to LCO

        Thanks for my-nez! Also we flush terlits, & cook with erl! Born & raised in The City. Anyone Remember when you wrote a letter, you wrote name, address & THE CITY on the envelope? Rice is eaten at most every meal & if your food is smothered it’s dang good!

    • Karen in response to nina

      Born in the Nint’ Wawd and raised in Kennah….I have always pronounced it “New Awlins” (NOT N’awlins), as do most of my family, including the ones born and raised in da Parish. :)

    • Just Me in response to nina

      I was born in New Orleans and grew up in Eastern St. Bernard Parish. Depending on how bent you are on pronouncing R’s, it’s either New Or-luns or New Aw-luns.

      What I’d like to know is why the writer didn’t mention some historical facts. Here are some that were overlooked: The Pontalba apartments, which are at Jackson Square, are the oldest apartments in the country; the Louisiana Purchase was signed in the Cabildo, which is also at Jackson Square. Just a few blocks away, on Esplanade Avenue, is the old U.S. Mint. It is the only mint that produced both Confederate and U.S. coins. Also, the Audubon Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country?

      As for the comments about Chalmette, please keep in mind that the Battle of New Orleans was fought there. Many people who live(d) in Chalmette and Arabi moved there from the ninth ward in New Orleans.

  11. Infrogmation

    Mardi Gras was already over a thousand years old when it was first brought to America by European colonists. Mobile Alabama no more originated Mardi Gras than they originated the French language.

    • Lucirush in response to Infrogmation

      Just to let you know, “Infrogmation,” as a Mobilian, we never said we originated Mardi Gras, a/k/a “Carnival.” Our city was founded in 1702 by Bienville, who later founded New Orleans in 1718. The French settlers with him initiated the first Mardi Gras/Carnival celebration in the New World in 1703. In other words, they brought the celebration from France.

      • PasDeOops in response to Lucirush

        If you want to get really technical, Iberville entered the mouth of the Mississippi on Lundi Gras in 1699. The next day – Mardi Gras – made camp further upriver (outside of present-day NOLA) and named the spot “Point du Mardi Gras” in celebration of both the achievement & holiday. Iberville & Mobile happened in 1702, and even then it was technically part of Louisiana.

  12. Auntie Ann

    Wow, with so many errors in this list, it seems like it might not be worth having. This list is a bunch of general facts that just about any tourist would know or quickly learn once they set foot here. Why not tell people that the city and parish of Orleans actually spans the river? Describe for your readers what it means when they might hear the phrase “across the river” or “uptown” or “Garden District” rather than harping on Treme. That’s not a great place for people to go. Or how about all of the booming areas uptown, or local performance venues (Mahalia Jackson theater, for instance) or refer to the number of music festivals that happen in the city throughout the year. I wonder if McLyle as being sarcastic in saying that compiling this list must have taken a lot of work.

  13. humidiste

    If you consider Cafe du Monde to be a “dive,” you’d better keep to the main drags and avoid everywhere else. Also, when Bienville founded the city it WAS safe from hurricanes. We had hundreds of miles of land between us and the Gulf, mostly wetlands that soaked up storm surge and barrier islands that protected us. Even after Katrina the French Quarter was high and dry. Before Bienville the Native Americans had a settlement here because it was HIGH GROUND at the confluence of a river and bayous, with a lake to the north for easy portage. We did not start out as a “bowl,” (famous inaccuracy) — our land has been sinking since the Army Corps of Engineers redirected the natural course of the Mississippi (which regularly deposited silt and replenished the land) — and, especially, the oil companies dug canals throughout the protective land between us and the Gulf which brings the water in! Word to your readers: DON’T move to New Orleans unless you are tough, it’s not for lightweights and people who only want to party.

  14. Jamie

    Did the author just google a bunch of facts about New Orleans? It sure looks like it. He isn’t even from New Orleans…

  15. Leslie J. Almeida

    That photo of an “oyster poboy” should be credited to its original source, a Fort Walton Beach, FL restaurant. Anyone from New Orleans can tell that’s not real French bread. Google (Images) is your friend.

  16. Ceasar

    That thing is cool accept, I got Balled Out by some of New Orleans Veteran Scholar Musicians about that same word, Dixieland. Their claim was that back in the game musicians came here from Chicago and heard the New Orleans Sound and went home to Chicago trying to play the music they heard in New Orleans. THEY gave it the name DIXIELAND. This same Music is actually called Traditional Jazz……Please don’t let Dr. Edward Kidd Jordan and a few others who are STILL here, hear you use that term in that context…Of course this is America and you can call it what U want. But note that sometimes there can be a difference in what people wanna call something and what it actually is..No Offense…..

  17. Jess

    These facts are more correct than others I’ve seen, but some are a bit…stretched, or oddly put (like, I do not even consider a po-boy and a sub the same thing–I’ve always thought of them as different sandwiches).

    And I do wish we would not bicker so much about the correct way to pronounce certain words in NOLA, particularly “New Orleans” itself!! Gosh, there are SO many accents in New Orleans, all originating from different sources–I am no expert but I know that many people believe that the German immigrants brought a sort of twang (which may explain the New York-like aspect of some New Orleans accents), as did all the French and Spanish and African and Italian and Irish immigrants…

    Yes, “New Or-luns” is what I typically hear in everyday speech from all my peers and neighbors. But in so many native songs, I hear “New Or-LEENS” because it rhymes with much more, I’m sure. Also, people here say “Nawlins,” “New Ah-lee-uns,” and as my grandma (who I’ve always thought of as having a creole-ish New Orleans accent) says, “New Ahh-yuns,” all of which I think of as fine ways to pronounce it. And I try not to dis anyone who pronounces all the syllables (i.e. “New Or-le-ans”) because, well, in French all 3 syllables in Orleans are pronounced!

    I will say that “New Or-LEENS” seems to be much less common (when speaking, not singing) among native New Orleanians, but sometimes when it is pronounced with a more Southern/New Orleans accent, it does not sound extremely out of the ordinary. Yes, I don’t like the sound of that pronunciation as much, and it is the pronunciation I personally think to be furthest from the French pronunciation. I tend to guess that people who say it like that are not from here, and I sometimes politely inform them that most (but not all!!!) people from New Orleans will pronounce it “New Or-luns” or some variation; just rarely “New Or-LEENS.”

    But then I have to laugh because the ‘Orleans’ in “Orleans Parish” is generally pronounced “Or-LEENS.” So I just think it’s silly to get so one-sided about the ‘correct pronunciation’ thing, because even among native New Orleanians, there is no standard pronunciation.

    • Jamais in response to Jess

      …and as my grandma (who I’ve always thought of as having a creole-ish New Orleans accent) says, “New Ahh-yuns,” all of which I think of as fine ways to pronounce it.

      “New Ahh-yunns” is how my grandmother, great aunts, mother and all of their friends pronounced it. They were fairly elegant in their manner and from Metairie, Uptown and throughout the River Parishes up to Pointe Coupee. However, none of the men pronounced it this way, seeming to prefer the more spare “New Or-lins”.

  18. Jess

    Just to give an example of a song to my last comment:

    “Do you know what it MEANS
    To miss New OrLEENS”

    and every native New Awh-leanian knows and loves that song without immediately blaming the singer because “omg he’s pronouncing it wrong ugh!!!!”

  19. Kim

    It is also nicknamed The City that Care Forgot–
    The medians are called neutral grounds; We eat snow balls not snow cones and the humidity is overbearing at times!

    • Valerie Heidel in response to Kim

      And we make groceries….lol

      • Teacher in response to Valerie Heidel

        Yes, we do!

        And when we give, it’s just a little lagniappe down here in Na-awlins (which is how I say it – I must be wrong, lol).

        I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the Big Easy yet.

    • Jamais in response to Kim

      That one is an old new Orleans favorite and mine as well…I think most new Orleanians hate “The Big Easy” or at least they should. It is an outsiders moniker thrown on the the city.

      It should be outlawed.

      • Teacher in response to Jamais

        I should have read further before my making my other comment about the Big Easy. :)

  20. Jorge

    Wow Jess! It’s people like you that take the fun out of New Orleans. You need to clam down and enjoy the city, not worry about the particulars of the city’s pronunciation.

  21. Joy

    Oh good grief!! It was a general list. It said 25 things not all of them. And who cares who originated Mardi Gras. Who cares how New Orleans is pronounced. New Orleans, like any city on the planet has its personality. And pros and cons. That city can be your best friend or worst enemy.

  22. Erica

    All I know that’s not a real po boy. That’s bread doesn’t look right…

  23. Wm

    The bridge across the lake is 16 miles long which is not the longest in the world!! between Baton Rhough & Lafette is one thats is 27 miles long!!!! If you like living Dangously go to Na-Leans!

    • Erica in response to Wm

      Actually, the Causeway bridge is 24 miles long and is indeed considered the longest continuous bridge in the world. I believe the bridge between Baton Rouge and Lafayette is approximately 18 miles long, but I could be mistaken about that part.

  24. Jamais

    #6 Most of the building around today actually have more of a Spanish history.
    This is quite misleading. The original Vieux Carre was rebuilt after the 1788 fire during the Spanish administration…that is why only the French Quarter has a sense of Spanish Colonial design, utilizing planning and details borrowed from older areas of Spanish conquest in the Americas. The picture is a poor representation of the post because it shows the Esplanade Ridge homes which are decidedly of Greek Revival and Italianate design, built decades after the Louisiana purchase. The city at large is a wonderful mix of countless styles and has it’s own vernacular architecture found now where else.

  25. Gaye

    Not a bad list for a novice tourist. The only thing I would quibble about is that the mention of Spanish architecture should show buildings in the French Quarter, which are Spanish-influenced with their courtyards and wrought iron grill works (influenced ultimately by the Moors in Spain), and not the houses shown in that picture.

  26. Jamais

    #17.. True Blood is a poor representation of Louisiana in general and actually set in North Louisiana which is about as opposite of New Orleans as you can get and still be in the same state.

    Please get rid of that post..its embarrassing.

    You want vampires in New Orleans, read Anne Rice..you want werewolves, check out the Loupe Garou of the Bayou Goula stories.

  27. Gil Batzri

    On the topic of Dixieland: (from wikipedia)

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origins of this nickname remain obscure. According to A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles (1951), by Mitford M. Mathews, three theories most commonly attempt to explain the term:

    The word “Dixie” refers to privately issued currency originally from the Citizens State Bank (located in the French Quarter of New Orleans) and then other banks in Louisiana.[4] These banks issued ten-dollar notes,[5] labeled “Dix”, French for “ten”, on the reverse side. The notes were known as “Dixies” by English-speaking southerners, and the area around New Orleans and the French-speaking parts of Louisiana came to be known as “Dixieland”. Eventually, usage of the term broadened to refer to most of the Southern States.

    The word preserves the name of a “Mr. Dixy”, a slave owner on Manhattan Island[citation needed], where slavery was legal until 1827. His rule was so kind that “Dixy’s Land” became famed far and wide as an elysium abounding in material comforts.

    “Dixie” derives from Jeremiah Dixon, a surveyor of the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and, for the most part, free and slave states (Delaware, a Union border state, and slave state up to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, lay north and east of the famous survey line.)

    To me the currency theory makes the most sense, and to me the music is Traditional Jazz.

  28. Bart

    People ! egh! i came and stayed in New Orleans so I could sit in a bar and not hear people but this complaining finds me somehow? I will unplug- So I could have any kind of sandwich, including a po-boy! For the record “I love the heat and the warm wet blanket that comes with it, I would have nothing else with my Gin” The above piece was a nice lil reminder of only a few things about this great city. thank You! I just returned home from the mountains, 70 degrees, and as soon as I landed, Wiped the familiar sweat from my brow and thought good to be home. I love all of you New Orleans!

  29. Matt

    This article exemplifies lazy and, quite frankly, terrible writing. A Canadian tourist could have scribbled something more vivid on a bar napkin.
    Also, the fact that you think Endymion embodies New Orleans’ Carnival only shows how clueless you really are about the city. I challenge you to allow me to write a bigger, better list about the Big Easy. Please, for the sake of your readers.

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Matt

      Yes of course! I just emailed you to follow up. Mitchell, the author of this post, is a long time resident of Louisiana and went to school in Louisiana, so we thought he’d be a pretty good authority.

      • May in response to Chris Kolmar

        Lafayette is NOT New Orleans. According to his LinkedIn and Facebook pages, Mitchel Broussard from Acadiana- Kaplan then went to college in Lafayette. It doesn’t even appear that he’s ever lived in NOLA.

        Lafayette is 4 hours away from New Orleans. Your comments are like saying someone from Buffalo is from NYC. Or Los Angeles to San Fran. Completely different history and culture.

        Amazing what 5 seconds on google can reveal.

        • uptown in response to May

          not sure how it takes u 4 hours to get to Lafayette.u must drive slow and make lots of stops.maybe you should google the directions.

          • May in response to uptown

            I live in the heart of the city (Mid-City) so every time I go to Lafayette, it’s usually evacuation time or for work. So I have to fight Jefferson Parish traffic and Baton Rouge traffic. It always takes at least an hour to get out of that horrible Baton Rouge traffic. So unless you’re going there late at night, I’ve never managed to get to Lafayette under 3-4 hours. And yes, since I’m a lady, I do take pit stops.

          • Candylady in response to uptown

            Natchitoches la (say Nakuhtish) is 4 hours away

        • C Myers in response to May

          If you can get out in four hours during evacuation (which takes most people eight), that’s no benchmark for anything. I concur with the others in that, generally, the trip between NOLA and Lft. is two and a half to three hours. My college friends always seemed to look at Lafayette as an extension of the GNO burbs, LOL.

  30. Mike

    The Sicilian Mafia also originated in New Orleans and spread all over America.

  31. Randy

    They exit 85A sign is on I12 on the outskirts of Slidell.

  32. Lisa

    The important aspect of Treme (the show is unimportant) Is that it is the oldest african american neighborhood and the 1st place where freed slaves could own property. Thats history right there!

  33. Gaynel

    And that piece of land that divides the street, that’s the Neutral Ground, where we would stand for the parades when I was a kid. And how about the way we pronounce Cal-lee-ope St. and Mel-po-meen St. I could go on and on.

  34. Rosie

    Why so much about Endymion? They aren’t the original Super Krewe. That would be Bacchus. Endymion is fine, but give a little time to Rex or Bacchus or even Muses.

  35. C Myers

    “New OR-lee-anz”–just ask the most educated people, like John Larroquette, Cokie Roberts, et al. :)

    • ohbutno in response to C Myers

      The fact is, it is pronounced differently by natives and newbies alike.

  36. Jake Smith

    So much not on here that is what someone moving here should really know. How about the fact that the Westbank is south of the city. Upperline is south of Lowerline. Streetcars not trolleys. How about the fact that ALL locals avoid Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras (and most other times). That Dixieland came from Tennesseans and Kentuckians on their flatboats coming down to earn their “Dix’s”..And because they couldn’t speak correctly even back then, pronounced it like Dicks. How about how we pronounce Burgundy, and why. The list goes on and on and on…I have only lived in New Orleans for 6 years, but I am a tour guide now on the side and know more about the city than this guy…that’s sad if he is truly from the greatest city on the planet.

  37. araw504

    Funny…I can tell the author isn’t from here!

    Talk about irony.

  38. ohbutno

    1. Did an Endymion Krew member write this?
    2. I recognize at least two photos that are not properly sourced. They were taken by former co-workers of mine by the now defunct daily newspaper.
    3. “Treme” chronicles the lives of a cast of characters (some based on actual New Orleans residents) recovering from Hurricane Katrina in this personality-rich section of the city.

  39. Wolfpack

    Nobody GAF about how you pronounce New Orleans. All you need to know about living in this city is where the traffic cameras are, lock your car doors, and if someone tells you that they “know where you got them shoes at”, keep walking.

  40. ccndylady

    #8 has purple and red lights.Those are the voodoo AFL colors.It means they won a game at the time this picture was taken!

  41. Chris Brooks

    New Orleans has A LOT of history.
    As much as any place in America, more than most.
    Old cities are the best, with their layers of history all visible at once like patches on a living quilt.
    It’s too bad that the political powers in N.O have let it fall so badly in to disrepair.
    I think it’s best days are behind it.
    Most folks who had never been there before Katrina think the storm nearly destroyed it.
    But it’s been badly run down for a long time.

  42. Mr.J

    I enjoyed reading most of the comments because for the most part they seem authentic.speaking of authentic the next those ”hollywood types” come down to neworleans to do a movie make it clear to them to stop screwing up our neworleans accent with their goofy phony version of it.a classic example was the 1986 movie the big easy,what a poor portrayal of a neworleans accent!hollywood if you would have did your homework first you would have found out that many new orleanians speak with a brooklyn sounding accent.the movie the big easy need to be redone and called the real big easy and get the accent right this time.also to Mr.Benson,the owner of the neworleans hornets basketball team i wish you would make a very passionate effort to reclaim our team rightful name back,and that is the neworleans jazz.there is no other name that personifies this city,s passion for basketball more than that one.to the jazz nation at home and abroad make your voices heard to Mr.Benson……NewOrleans Jazz forever…neworleans pelicans never.in conclusion i would like to say to the powers that be,do a better job of showing neworleans skyline more abroad,in the hands of skilled photographer our skyline has the potential to look very impressive.finally i would like to say keep those ”jazzy Zatarain commercials” coming,enjoy watching them and ”Popeyes”you need to freshen up your commercials with some funky neworleans style flavor,there,s a wealth of it out there,i,m more than sure you will find whatever you are looking for.

  43. Sophie

    Nice to know

  44. Nakescha Collins

    Going to New Orleans will be fun and new for me and my family I hop I have a great time

 

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