|St Patrick's Day, when the clothes, drinks, and (later on) gutters ran green!|
I was in the city during a couple of celebrations: St Patrick's Day and St Joseph's Day.
More after the jump:
|St Joseph's Day: Lessez les bons temps roulez!|
Music infuses just about everything in New Orleans. It's hard to turn a corner without hearing a live band. After a while, I just started ducking into open doors, letting my ears lead the way!
In some parts of downtown NOLA, you see more tourists than locals. One note there. Tourists are treated really well, without the jaded snobbery you'll see in a lot of cities. A lot of Nawleans locals just seem to be all about enjoying life, and though visitors may only be there for a few days, while they're around, they're certainly welcome to join the ride. Mind you, tourism has got to be a lifeblood of the local businesses, so for sure (and I confirmed this with a local bus driver) the cops don't tolerate any BS when it comes to mistreating or hassling visitors.
Wow, here's something you can spend a long time exploring. New Orleans has, over the centuries, built up a legacy of architectural innovation and variety that few US cities can match.
You've got your 2-3 story buildings with decorated balconies.....
.....not to mention gorgeous late 19th to mid-20th buildings in the business district.
You can take a free ferry across the Mississippi to visit Algiers, an historic neighborhood that still houses some beautiful old houses. It's not at all a touristy area, which is good in a way since it's less built up, but maybe not so good since it doesn't seem as safe to roam as its more famous cousin across the river.
|This place is ready for the river to rise.|
|Along the levee|
Then you have the intangibles, the authentic touches that bring character to a city. From the friendly people to the art scene to the one-of-a-kind street scenes, New Orleans has plenty of character.
|This is Frenchman Ave, one of my favorite streets.|