New Orleans Tricentennial: What to Do in the Summer

2018 marks 300 years since Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, founded the City of La Nouvelle Orleans on a stretch of high land near the mouth of the Mississippi. With New Orleans, Bienville succeeded in establishing a vital link between the Mississippi River, the great highway of commerce for North America, and the rest of the world. For three centuries, the people and cultures of France, Spain, Africa, the Caribbean, America and more have found a home in New Orleans, shaping and being shaped by the Crescent City. Celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial by experiencing a taste of what this unique city has to offer.

Take a Little History…

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<p>It starts in the French Quarter, the oldest part of the city and one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. A number of buildings date to the early and mid-18th Century. Take a <a href=walking tour through the quarter to visit grand monuments like the Old Ursuline Convent, built in 1745, and the majestic St. Louis Cathedral. Cool off with a stop at one of the oldest sites in town, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, parts of which date to 1722. Not only is it one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans, it is generally considered to be the oldest continuously operating bar in the United States.

Mix in Some Culture…

Even though carnival season happens earlier in the year, visitors in summer can still get a taste of Mardi Gras at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, where the pageantry is on display all year long. New Orleans also has a well known cultural affinity for the macabre and occult, you can visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the voodoo museum, or take a ghost tour to see for yourself.

And Shake It Up!

New Orleans is famous for many things. History, food, ghosts, architecture, the list goes on. But the greatest gift the city has given to the world is its wonderful music. The beating heart of jazz music is Congo Square, just across Rampart St. from the French Quarter in Armstrong Park. It was there that slaves from all over Africa combined the rhythmic traditions of their continent with the instruments and harmonies of Europe into what would come to be known as jazz. Visit the Jazz Museum or see a show at Preservation Hall. And if you’re fortunate enough to be in town from August 3rd to 5th, check out the Satchmo Summerfest celebrating Louis Armstrong, one of the city’s best-known musicians.

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