20 Fun Facts about New Orleans

20 Fun Facts about New Orleans

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New Orleans is my favorite city in the world to visit. I may be a little biased since New Orleans is my birthplace and a place that I consider home. I still consider it my favorite place to visit.  

I am in love with all things NOLA!   

From its rich and detailed history, iconic food and music scene, zany and unique vibe and non-stop pace, there is just so much to see, do and discover in this fascinating Louisiana city. There is truly no other place in the world like New Orleans!  

Here are some fun facts about New Orleans. Check them out and I guarantee that you will learn so much more than you ever thought possible about “The Big Easy.” 

  1. New Orleans is located on the famous Mississippi River, near to the Gulf of Mexico. 
  1. As of 2024, the New Orleans metro area has a population of approximately 1,021,000
  1. The total land size of New Orleans is 350.2 square miles (901 sq km).
  1. The game of poker originated in New Orleans, as did the game craps. It was named craps due to its original name of “crapaud,” which is the French word for “frog.” This links back to the nickname many give to the French – “frog eaters.” 
  1. NOLA’s St Louis Cathedral is the oldest operating cathedral in the United States.  
  1. Many American homes have basements – but not in New Orleans. Due to the below sea level location of the city, most of the homes are instead raised off the ground.  
  1. The greater New Orleans region spans eight parishes, but the inner city is mostly Orleans Parish. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S that is not divided into counties. It is instead broken up into parishes.
  1. New Orleans’ Canal Street was once the widest street in the world. This is mainly due to the fact that – made obvious by its name – it was originally meant to be the location for a canal. 
  1. The city motto of New Orleans is “Laissez les bon temps rouler.” This French saying translates to “let the good times roll” – which really sums up the vibe of this great city!
  1. The city of New Orleans has many nicknames. The most popular is “The Big Easy.” It earned this nickname because of its laid back, easy-going vibe that is the opposite of the non-stop fast pace of New York City – or “The Big Apple.” Other Nick names are: “The Crescent City;” “The City That Care Forgot;” “NOLA;” “The City of Yes;” “Holly South;” “The Creole City.”
  1. The original streets of the city’s French Quarter are all named after French royalty and nobility. 
  1. New Orleans is known for its buzzing bar culture and is one of the few cities where alcohol is served 24 hours. Bars are allowed to be open all day every day, and drinking on the street is allowed granted the drink is in a plastic to-go cup. Most bars provide these, so the party really does not stop in NOLA! 

  1. Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans is the venue for many of the city’s biggest concerts and events. Did you know that each seat in the arena is a distinct color than the one next to it? This gives the illusion to the viewer that it is a full house even if it is not!
  1. The world’s first movie theatre, Vitascope Hall, was in New Orleans. 
  1. New Orleans is widely considered to be one of the United States’ most haunted and spooky cities. Voodoo was made popular in NOLA in the 1800’s by Marie Laveau, who was given the nickname of “The Voodoo Queen” for her penchant for exorcisms and voodoo practices.
  1. The tombs of New Orleans’ historical cemeteries are all located above ground. This is due to the high-water table in the area. It also makes for a fascinating addition to this paranormal hotspot. These tombs were once ritually decorated with ‘Immortelles,’ funeral wreaths made from beads, glass, and wire.
  1. The historic French Quarter of New Orleans is widely believed to be the most haunted part of the city. 
  1. The official colors of Mardi Gras have been around since 1872. The purple stands for justice, the green for faith, and the gold for power.
  1. Congo Square in Armstrong Park was a gathering location for slaves in New Orleans. Voodoo, spiritual ceremonies, singing and dancing were often done here, and it is still a popular meeting place for paranormal get-togethers. 
  1. The earliest beginnings of New Orleans date back to 1718, when French explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne founded the city and named it “La Nouvelle Orleans”. It grew from a small trading camp on the banks of the Mississippi River, eventually growing to encompass the French Quarter that still exists today. 

 

 

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