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Best Shrimp and Grits in New Orleans | Delicious, Southern Fare

When it comes to Southern, soulful dining, there are few cities that can do it as good as New Orleans.  Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a variety of New Orleans restaurants know what it takes to craft a Southern, … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Orleans | Free, Family-Friendly

St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans.  If you’ve been, you know.  When March 17 rolls around, New Orleans residents and visitors alike flood the streets of neighborhoods like the French Quarter for a day of drinking, merriment, and celebration in … Read More

Hottest Night Clubs in New Orleans | Dance, Live Music, and More

If you’re looking for a wild nightclub experience, you’ve definitely come to the right place if you’re in New Orleans.  From some of the country’s best bars on Bourbon Street to elegant clubs throughout Downtown, this area has no shortage … Read More

Restaurant Delivery in New Orleans | Pizza, Cheese Steaks, + More

So you’re out partying in New Orleans, then head home or back to the hotel and realize you’re starving.  Or maybe just want a great taste of some New Orleans dining without leaving the couch.  No worries.  You’ve got a … Read More

Best Creole Restaurants in New Orleans | Affordable, Upscale

Creole cuisine, it’s the flagship food of New Orleans and a magical mix of flavors and textures from cultures all around the world.  Creole cuisine is a direct reflection on melting pot of cultures that call New Orleans home.   … Read More

Best Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans | Krewes, Floats, Bands

Ahh, Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Does it get any better?  This year, you can bet the parades leading up to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, February 21st will not only be plentiful, but bigger and better than ever.  When … Read More

Best Bars on Bourbon Street | Historic, Sports, Karaoke, + More!

Ahh, Bourbon Street.  This tiny, historic strip in the French Quarter is a cultural hub of New Orleans filled with everything from souvenir shops to some of the best bars in the country, great restaurants and, of course, Mardi Gras. … Read More

Best Places to Stay for Mardi Gras | Great Locations, Best Deals

If you’re looking to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 21, you’ve definitely got a wide variety of hotels, from the elegant and classy to comforting and affordable, to choose from.  This list will provide you with … Read More

History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans | Why do we Celebrate?

Sure, we all love to party during Mardi Gras, but sometimes it’s easy to forget why.  Over time, this citywide celebration has grown to be one of the most massive parties in the entire country and is definitely one you … Read More

Best Spring Break Destinations in the U.S. | Beaches, Hotels

When it comes to Spring Break vacations in this country of ours, there is definitely no shortage of great, warm locales where you can kick your feet up and relax.  They come in all shapes and sizes with each offering … Read More

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To New Orleans locals, ?Downtown? has always meant the neighborhoods along the Mississippi River east of Canal Street, including the French Quarter and Ninth Ward. The Central Business District astride lower Canal Street is not considered downtown. In 1974, however, the Louisiana Legislature felt necessitated to redefine the term Downtown New Orleans to include the lower Garden District, as well as the area around the Superdome.

The heart of downtown New Orleans is the French Quarter. During the day the area is an eclectic mixture of Creole design, crowded narrow streets, quaint shops, restaurants, and a mixture of aromas. Around Jackson Square there are artists displaying their work, street performers and the line of weary-looking horses hitched to elaborate buggies awaiting their next sightseeing fare.

Along Decatur Street you can enjoy Creole French coffee and beignets at the French Market, or a great muffaletto from the Central Grocery Store, or wander through the flea market stalls, visit the Jackson Brewery, the site of a variety of stores and shops.

At night the scene changes like a Jekyll and Hyde. Automobile traffic ceases and the streets are filled with revelers, curb-to-curb. The walls of the clubs are folded, opening them to the streets, there are bright lights . . . and everywhere, the music, the jazz sound of The Big Easy. On balconies overlooking the streets of the Quarter are private parties and observers of the street scene. Seeing the regular evening crowds and riotous revelry, one can only imagine how it is here during the Marti Gras.