New Orleans - All Reasons To Visit.

New Orleans has gone through a lot as a city, but more important than that, this city has bones. So here is what You should now about this great City:

  • New Orleans is where opera was first performed in the U.S., back in 1796.
  • The first Mardi Gras parade took place on Shrove Tuesday 1838 in New Orleans.
  • New Orleans is the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, the second largest in the U.S. and the third largest in the world in volume of cargo handled.
  • The Superdome is the largest enclosed stadium/arena in the world.
  • The first U.S. theater was established in New Orleans.
  • Antoine’s, established in 1840, is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Louisiana.
  • The name “Uncle Sam” was coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. territory — goods labeled “U.S.” were said to be from “Uncle Sam.”
  • Poker was invented in New Orleans in the 1700s.
  • When individual states had their own currency, the Louisiana dix (French for 10) was a favored currency for trade. In English they became known as “dixies” and the term “Dixieland” was coined.
  • New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which still reigns supreme in the city today. Later, jazz spawned both the blues and rock and roll.
  •  After became a part of the United States, New Orleans also began to play a large role in international relations as it developed into a large port. The port then played a role in the Atlantic slave trade but also the exportation of different commodities and the importing of international goods for the rest of the nation up the Mississippi River.
  •  Throughout the rest of the 1800s and into the 20th century, New Orleans continued to grow rapidly as its port and fishing industry remained important for the rest of the country. In the end of the 20th century, growth in New Orleans continued but planners became aware of the city's vulnerability to flooding after erosion of wetlands and marshes.
  •  In August 2005, New Orleans was hit by the category five Hurricane Katrina and 80% of the city was flooded after a failure of the city's levees. 1,500 people died in Hurricane Katrina and much of the city's population permanently relocated.
  • New Orleans is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain about 105 miles (169 km) north of the Gulf of Mexico. The total area of the city is 350.2 square miles (901 sq km).

  • 1. Dead bodies cannot be buried underground.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    The water levels are so high in New Orleans that the dead need to be laid to rest in tombs above ground so their bodies will not resurface.

    2. Five school children haunt the Andrew Jackson Hotel.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    This hotel is said to be haunted by five small boys who were killed in a fire when the building was a boarding school in 1778. Guests say other ghosts in the hotel include a nun who leapt from the window and a Confederate solider.

    3. There’s a vampire in the French Quarter.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Ramon, one of the first-known vampires in New Orleans, still haunts the French Quarter. In the 1830s, Ramon owned a home in the French Quarter with many servants. When Ramon died and the servants dug a hole for his body in the garden, they found dozens of bodies buried there that had been drained of all of their blood. The servants kept disappearing after his death. Some say Ramon still lurks at night.

    4. Funerals have their own soundtrack.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Jazz funerals began when more than 41,000 people in New Orleans died from yellow fever from 1817–1905. People began to believe that the dead were coming back to infect the living, so during funeral processions the body was carried in a random route through the streets to “confuse” the deceased so they would forget where they lived. Jazz music was added to celebrate the person’s life.

    5. Some families never leave a corpse’s side to keep them from coming back as a vampire.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    This is called “sitting up with the dead.” The corpse is never left unattended until the body is buried. The tradition began in the 1800s. If there was a sign of paranormal activity, the family would call a witch doctor to make sure the corpse did not come back as something evil and unnatural.

    6. A sultan was buried alive.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    In the 1840s, a sultan from Turkey rented the Gardette-Laprete house in New Orleans where he created a harem. One afternoon an onlooker noticed blood draining from the home. When the authorities broke down the door, they found dead bodies everywhere. Every person in the house had been killed. They discovered the sultan’s body in a shallow grave behind the house. He had apparently been buried alive. No one ever found out who the murderer was.

    7. Werewolves are said to prowl New Orleans.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Since the 1800s, people say werewolves hunt in the surrounding swamps and cemeteries of New Orleans.

    8. A voodoo queen lurks in the Saint Louis Cemetery.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) is said to be buried here and regularly haunts the area. She places curses on whomever trespasses. Her large snake, Zombi, is said to be buried with her.

    9. Graves are often left open.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Many graves in New Orleans can be found open because grave robbers can easily access all of the tombs above ground.

    10. An old woman’s ghost sits on hotel beds at Le Pavilion Hotel.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    People have allegedly reported that an a old gray-haired woman sat on the side of their bed when they stayed there. They could feel the weight of her body and her cold hands stroking their head while she said, “I will never let you go.”

    11. Dead doctors and soldiers roam the Hotel Provincial.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    Parts of this hotel were once a Civil War Confederate hospital. It is haunted with the medical staff and wounded soldiers who reach out for help and moan. The hotel staff have seen bloodstains appear and disappear on the sheets.

    12. The LaLaurie estate used to have a human centipede torture attic.

    12 Creepy Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans
    In the 1830s, Madame LaLaurie tortured her slaves in horrific ways. In her attic, she strapped her slaves to operating tables and performed botched sex-change operations, bizarre amputations, and other horrific medical experiments. It is rumored that their souls haunt the property. To this day, the house has not had a single owner for more than a five-year period.

    13. It’s pronounced New Or-luns, not New Or-leans.

    Unless you want a giant neon sign hanging from your forehead that reads “I am not from here.”

    14. It is known as the “Crescent City”.

    Because of its moon-like shape hugging the Mississippi River.

    15. Two words: The food.

    Okay here’s some more words: In New Orleans beignets have been a staple of Creole cuisine, and is the basis for one of the city’s most popular dives: Cafe du Monde. The delicacies were even named the Louisiana state doughnut back in 1986. Unfortunately not every state has named their own doughnut. Call your local congressman today to rectify this egregious matter.

    16. Speaking of which, in New Orleans it’s not a “sub,” it’s a “poboy.”

    17. The term “Dixieland” originates in the city.

    Dixieland referenes the Old South and the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans performers. It’s since been used as a name for pretty much every middle-of-nowhere rinky-dink theme park ever.

    18. The first opera in the U.S. was performed in New Orleans way back in 1796.

    They may not be popular nowadays but this early form of performance art is easily traceable to having influenced the influx of the theater arts in the US, including the myriad interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays stateside and the eruption of Broadway throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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