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Mardi Gras Indians

January 27, 2015 | Posted in: History
Mardi Gras Indians are a selective group of individuals who parade with the most elaborate costumes you will see during Mardi Gras. Most of the hand beaded, colorful works of wearable art take year... » Read More

Where Y'at?

January 8, 2015 | Posted in: New Orleans
New Orleanians have a distinctive dialect, but beyond that there are certain terms and phrases which are unique to the city and our culture. If you have ever felt confused or ignorant in conve... » Read More

200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

December 29, 2014 | Posted in: History
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, several local authors have released new literature re-examining the significance of this historic event. Most notable amon... » Read More

Christmas Decorations in New Orleans

December 22, 2014 | Posted in: New Orleans
December is a special time in New Orleans. The twinkling lights and festive holiday decorations overpower the Mardi Gras beads still hanging in the trees and balconies from years past, which typica... » Read More

New Orleans Ethnic Enclave Lost to History

December 13, 2014 | Posted in: History
Most people know that New Orleans is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures.  For example there is clear evidence of French influence in our food and street names, Spanish influen... » Read More

It's Harvest Season for Louisiana Sugarcane!

December 4, 2014 | Posted in: History
Ever since 1751, when the Jesuits first introduced sugarcane in southern Louisiana, this sweet crop has been an integral part of our economy and culture. Today, the sugarcane industry contribu... » Read More

Enjoy the Holiday Season at Celebration in the Oaks!

November 29, 2014 | Posted in: Festivals
    Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans City Park fundraiser that provides 13% of the operating budget of the park each year. This magical festival of illuminated artwork has bec... » Read More

New Orleans Street Names, Beyond Bourbon

November 21, 2014 | Posted in: History
         Everyone who has heard of New Orleans has most likely heard of Bourbon St. But did you know that Bourbon St. wasn't actually named after the delicious alco... » Read More

Plantation Time

November 17, 2014 | Posted in: History
Louisiana plantations in the second half of the 19th century were very much in a self-sufficient economy.  Since it took at least a week either by horse and buggy carriage along the river road... » Read More

Swamps in the Fall

November 10, 2014 | Posted in: Tours
People often ask:"Is it fun to do a swamp tour in the bayou in the fall and in the winter?" And the answer is: yes of course! You may see fewer alligators and snakes because reptil... » Read More

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