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Secrets of the City:
New Orleans

Revealing all the untold stories of the Big Easy. From all the best local spots to the history of our iconic parades, check out the stories that make New Orleans unique!

Three Women Who Made New Orleans Music History

Visitors to New Orleans hear all about Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, and the other innovative musicians who made New Orleans the birthplace of jazz. But have you noticed that the usual list of jazz luminaries is a bit of an Andouille-sausage fest? This Women’s History Month, we’re setting the record straight and…

The Story of America’s Oldest Cocktail: the Sazerac

Hurricane, Vieux Carré, Ramos Gin Fizz, Hand Grenade – as America’s #1 party destination, it’s no surprise that NOLA has invented its fair share of classic cocktails. But often overlooked is the granddaddy of them all, America’s oldest mixed drink and NOLA’s official cocktail. We’re talking about the Sazerac. The story of the Sazerac begins…

Carnival in New Orleans!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Phunny Phorty Phellows? Huh? Every visitor to New Orleans has heard of our world-famous Mardi Gras celebration. But did you know that Mardi Gras is the last hurrah in a six-week-long Carnival season, when costumed parade krewes (that’s New Orleanean for crews, but…