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PAINTING NEW ORLEANS, LA

Often referred to as “The Big Easy”, this southern city is well known for its food, music and French heritage. New Orleans is the biggest city in Louisiana and lies on the Mississippi River. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the fun and festivities of the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

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Aunt Sally's Pralines


www.auntsallys.com
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Café du Monde


www.cafedumonde.com
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Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour


www.cajunencounters.com
STORY

New Orleans Cemetery Tours


www.neworleansonline.com
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Deanie's Seafood


www.deanies.com
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New Orleans School of Cooking


www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

NOMA: New Orleans Museum of Art



noma.org/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Take a Bayou tour

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www.cajunencounters.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Beignet’s at Café du Monde

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www.cafedumonde.com/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Eat at Johnny's Po’ Boy


Take your pick or eat all 4: Po’ Boy (shrimp recommended), Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice.

johnnyspoboys.com/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Take a sail on the paddlewheel Steamboat Natchez

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steamboatnatchez.com/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Blain Kern’s Mardis Gras World



www.mardigrasworld.com/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Jackson Square


Cabildo, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Park

www.experienceneworleans.com/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Take Cemetery Tour

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www.neworleansonline.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

National World War II Museum



nationalww2museum.org/
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Take a tour of the French Quarter



www.neworleanscvb.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★
FUN TRIVIA

SELECT ONE
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LANDMARK

Carriage Ride


www.neworleansonline.com
LANDMARK

Spotted Cat


www.spottedcatmusicclub.com
LANDMARK

St. Louis Cathedral


www.stlouiscathedral.org
LANDMARK

Steamboat Natchez


www.steamboatnatchez.com
HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

New Orleans, LA



The Mississippian peoples were chilling on the Bayouk Choupique when strange white people started showing up with these crazy French Accents. Well these Frenchmen kept coming and coming and when they found high ground on the north side of the a large crescent shaped bend in the Mississippi and south of Lake Pontchartrain that would make a great port. They gave the area some high falutin’ French name, after a Phillip II, Duke of Orléans, and Novelle Orleans was born in 1721. A year later it was made the capitol of French Louisiana (named after King Louis himself) and later that year much of it was swept away by a hurricane. When the British drove French settlers out of New Brunswick and off Price Edward Island, many of the displaced came to Louisiana becoming known as the Cajuns – not to be confused with the Creole of the area. Evangeline, Evangeline.

The Mississippian peoples were chilling on the Bayouk Choupique when strange white people started showing up with these crazy French Accents. Well these Frenchmen kept coming and coming and when they found high ground on the north side of the a large crescent shaped bend in the Mississippi and south of Lake Pontchartrain that would make a great port. They gave the area some high falutin’ French name, after a Phillip II, Duke of Orléans, and Novelle Orleans was born in 1721. A year later it was made the capitol of French Louisiana (named after King Louis himself) and later that year much of it was swept away by a hurricane. When the British drove French settlers out of New Brunswick and off Price Edward Island, many of the displaced came to Louisiana becoming known as the Cajuns – not to be confused with the Creole of the area. Evangeline, Evangeline.

In a unique land shuffle, around 1763 the French deeded Louisiana to the Spanish when the British took Florida after defeating the French in the 7 Years War. How that all worked out is beyond me. Suffice it to say that the residents were not happy about being chattel in the deal and rioted. They drove out the Spanish governor but the Spanish replenished, rearmed, and reclaimed the land, “My name is Alejandro O’Reilly , You stole me city. Prepare to die.” Then the city burned down…. twice. Not the New World Paradise the Spaniards were hoping for. After the second fire the first rendition of St Louis Cathedral was built. The Spanish were kind of feed up and so the deeded the land back to France around 1800. Napoleon was in a pinch for cash and swung a deal for the United States to purchase their claim in what became known as the Louisiana Purchase. “Nicely done Tom, nicely done.” In 1814 the British tried to take New Orleans but Colonel Jackson and some colonist, who took a little bacon and they took a little beans, teamed up with the Jean Lafitte, his pirate band, outlaws, free slaves and anyone else they could cobble together to defeat the British during the last major battle of the War of 1812 in 1814.

Trade and sugar kept the area booming. New Orleans became one of the most unique cities in America. Mark Twain called it, “The City that Care Forgot,” for the laid back pace. It was a center of culture, hosting the first Opera in America among other famous firsts. During the Civil War New Orleans was captured early and without a battle, escaping much of the destruction many other southern cities endured. After the war it was re-established as a center for trade. They hosted the 1884 World’s Fair. New Orleans was one of the most racially integrated cites in the country but was forced to segregate by government policies. The society of New Orleans mixed and flowed with cultures that came from all over the Caribbean, Canada, South America, and Europe all mixing and sharing flavors but never losing their own communities, a societal “gumbo” if you will. In 1927 a terrible flood almost took out the levees but the people persevered. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, zydeco, the roots of blues, rock, and modern music.

The most devastating event in New Orleans history was in August of 2005 with the land fall Hurricane Katrina. Having dodged the eye of the hurricane, New Orleans took a deep breath… and then horror hit. Stressed by the record storm surge of Katrina, the levees gave way flooding much of the city. Overwhelmed pumps gave out with all the debris from the storm. Thousands were stranded and the city became a post-apocalyptic nightmare for several months. Nearly 2000 people died. Three week later Hurricane Rita re-flooded the areas that were starting to drain. The people of the city mourned and then began resurrecting NOLA. Now, 10 years later, the city has mostly recovered but some of the scars still remain. The people of The Big Easy came back stronger than ever and celebrate life more vigorously than before and that is the legacy of the Crescent City, New Orleans.