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Mardi Gras Hotel Guide & Local Info
New Orleans is the home of blues, Cajun cuisine, and Mardi Gras. As the locals say, “Let the good times roll”. The city’s cultural influence are a unique combination of European, Caribbean and African influence all of which make it a one of a kind city.
New Orleans is known by many names including’The Big Easy’, and ‘The City That Care Forgot’. Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, overwhelming the city’s levees and causing one of the worst man-made disasters of recent times. Since then there has been extensive rebuilding and investment to the historic French Quarter and the beautiful Garden District.
The cultural hub is the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carré), though the graceful houses with ornate wrought-iron balconies are actually Spanish in style. New Orleans has 17 National Historic Districts, with more than 35,000 listed buildings. The finest examples of these are mostly situated in the Garden District, and best viewed from the rattling streetcar.
The citywide carnival of Mardi Gras (late February or early March), includes bead throwing, street musicians, jazz music, and plenty of debauchery. Just about any week in the Big Easy is exciting even when it’s not an official New Orleans holiday celebration.