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.
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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.
New Orleans: Where you will find great food, amazing music, fun times, history and a city like no other!
Best places to see live music in New Orleans (not to be missed):
The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman St
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse on Bourbon St
Preservation Hall is one of the most quaint and down-to-earth venues you will ever see. No drinks served or bathrooms but this is the real deal folks
Tipitina’s – venture out of the French Quarter and you will find some of the best musicians playing at Tipitina’s.
House of Blues
One Eyed Jacks
Looking to catch some of the best local musicians in NOLA? Make sure to pickup the Offbeat magazine to find out who is playing where and you may get lucky enough to see one of these amazing musicians.
Rebirth Brass Band Hot 8 Brass Band Soul Rebels Brass Band Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Galactic Papa Grows Funk Dr John Kermit Ruffins Irvin Mayfield – you might even catch him at his Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street Lost Bayou Ramblers