Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Orleans

New Orleans has a real spirit. It's the most authentic of all American cities.
- Brad Pitt, Actor & New Orleans Resident

St. Louis Cemetery #1 was opened in 1789, replacing New Orleans' older St. Peter Cemetery. The renowned Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be interred in the Glapion family crypt.

When The Saints Go Marchin' In....Louis Armstrong Park. The park, located steps from the French Quarter, was created to honor New Orleans' favorite son, the great Louis Armstrong, and to preserve the site of Congo Square. 

Jackson Square has been the site of numerous movies -  Angel Heart, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, King Creole - and television series like K-Ville, Treme and Memphis Beat.

Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 season. Eventually 80 % of New Orleans and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded. Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond at The Presbytere  is a must-see exhibition on the history and science of these awesome storms – and their profound impact on our lives. 

New Orleans Cocktail Walking Tour Presents "Green Fairy" at Pirate's Alley Cafe & Olde Absinthe House: 1 oz absinthe herbal liqueur, 1 oz water, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tsp egg white & 1 dash Angostura® bitters.

The definitive Dixieland sound is created when one instrument (usually the trumpet) plays the melody or a recognizable paraphrase or variation on it, and the other instruments of the "front line" improvise around that melody. 

Horsepower in Royal Street. The prices at Royal Street art shops and antique stores tend to be very high - it has been listed as one of the most expensive places to shop in the world.

Mardi Gras 2013: The Ladies are ready for the Krewe of Carrollton. In 1924, a group calling itself "The Seventh District Carnival Club," presented its first parade on Mardi Gras day of that year with J.W. Fordyce as its King. Parading down Oak Street and around the Carrollton Avenue area of New Orleans, this club would continue to grow and eventually, in 1947, become known as the "Krewe of Carrollton".

....and here come the Krewe of Carrollton floats. Carrolton is the Fourth oldest Carnival parading organization, behind Rex, Proteus, and Zulu. 

The parades go on when the lights go down...These are The Knights of Sparta. The Knights of Sparta originated as a bal masque organization in 1951, staging elaborate tableaus for many years at the Municipal Auditorium. In 1981, the Knights began parading in Orleans Parish.

Take a day trip to the plantations: The most noted slave who lived on Oak Alley Plantation was a field slave named Antoine. He was listed as "Antoine, 38, Creole Negro gardener/expert grafter of pecan trees", with a value of $1,000 in the inventory of the estate.

Last season Mr Torres Jr. killed 77 alligators on this beautiful cajun swamp in Louisiana. The French bag and shoe manufacturers were extremely grateful.

New Orleans is THE place for foodies with fine dining and historic cafes all around the city from the bustling French Quarter to the picture-perfect uptown Garden District. The food blends fancy French cuisine with local cooking styles to create distinctive Creole and Cajun dishes that are original to the city. New Orleans School of Cooking knows how to make Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo - get the recipe

The secret of the gumbo flavour is "Joe's Stuff", Original Blend Seasoning. All Natural. No Preservatives. 

Oysters Rockefeller was originally created at the New Orleans restaurant Antoine's. The dish - created in 1899 - was named after John D. Rockefeller, for the intense richness of the sauce. Get the receipe 

The mayor of New Orleans offered his residence at the French Quarter to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Napoleon never made it, but they're still serving damn good Pimm's Cups there!

Listen to the sound of New Orleans Art. The New Orleans Arts District, NOAD is located in the historic American Sector, close to the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. The renaissance of this area began with the 1984 World’s Fair, and today is a thriving neighborhood of art galleries and world-class museums, restaurants, shops and private residences. 

Did you know Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to offer sales tax refunds to international visitors? This means: International visitors to the state of Louisiana are finding a shopping paradise in Louisiana – providing a sales tax refund for international shoppers on purchases made at nearly 900 tax free stores.

As of Super Bowl XLVII, 27 of 47 Super Bowls have been played in three cities; New Orleans (ten times), the Greater Miami area (ten times), or the Greater Los Angeles area (seven times). In 2013 the grandest, most-watched single event in American sports took place here at the gigantic Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Super Bowl Sunday:
When Over 100 Million People Get Together to See The World's Most Expensive TV Commercials.

Mardi Gras 2013
– been there, done that! The Grande Finale is always on Fat Tuesday with The Krewe of Zulu and The Krewe of Rex.

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