A National Historic Landmark that has also been named one of America’s Great Public Spaces, Jackson Square is the historic heart of New Orleans. Under the French, it went by the name the Place d’Armes and it wasn’t until the first half of the 19th century that it was renamed Jackson Square, after General (and later President) Andrew Jackson who was victorious in the Battle in New Orleans. Its long history is reflected in the 18th-century buildings on its perimeter, including the St. Louis Cathedral. The square, however, is also significant in Frenchy’s personal history. “This is where I first started painting, when I was a short little kid,” he says. “Those were the days. I got the green light to paint the brass bands, and then followed many of the musicians who I first met here as they moved on to the city’s clubs. I’ve spent hundreds of hours painting in this special place.” —Randy “Frenchy” Frechette
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New Year's Eve, New Orleans Style
In New York, New Year's Eve revolves around the ball drop in Times Square. In New Orleans, they have their own tradition: At midnight, a giant Fleur de Lis descends and kicks off the Symphony in the Sky fireworks over the Mississippi. Since 2000, the 125-lb. Baby New Year, who sometimes wears a Saints helmet and survived Hurricane Katrina, has also been part of the festivities.
By Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
One of the most famous areas in the French Quarter besides Bourbon Street is Jackson Square. It's grounds are bustling around the clock with tourists, photographers, artists, street performers, and locals. Anytime of the year is the perfect time to visit Jackson Square, just do not forget a camera.
By Melanie B
The Heart of NOLA
Jackson Square is the center of one of my favorite American cities, New Orleans. I recently explored the city and became immediately enamored by all it had to offer. From its art and culture to its rich history, New Orleans is a beautiful town. Jackson Square is surrounded by artists selling their work. Just walking around the square feels like you're at a modern art museum. The center of the square is usually pretty deserted, so it makes for a lovely place to sit and cool off after trekking through the city.
By Beth Weeks
Take a Stroll in Jackson Square
New Orleans is a fantastic city! Take the time to do some exploring of the famous French Quarter and you will be sure to come across the beautiful Jackson Square. It is a popular site for both visitors and locals. This famous landmark is surrounded by many historic buildings, including St. Louis Cathedral, which is pictured here. Also be sure to check out the numerous artists and merchants in the area. You can get some amazing artwork. I bought a beautiful picture as a souvenir. Jackson Square also faces the Mississippi River, so be sure to walk a little more and check out more amazing views.
Eating Banana Foster French Toast at Stanley's, attending church on Ash Wednesday, Jackson Square is filled with a number of things to see and do.
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