These are images taken during 7 days trip to New Orleans, Louisiana in Ferbuary & March 2011, during Mardi Gras carnival. It was very intensive trip through the most beautiful New Orleans sceneries, nature and culture, music, exotica and magic.
It was my third travel to the Crescent City and I do hope not last. I love New Orleans :)
New Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles which reflect the city's historical roots and unique multicultural heritage. Though New Orleans possesses numerous structures of national architectural significance, it is equally, if not more, revered for its enormous, largely-intact (even post-Katrina) historic built environment. Twenty National Register Historic Districts have been established, and fourteen local historic districts aid in the preservation of this tout ensemble. Thirteen of the local historic districts are administered by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), while one - the French Quarter - is administered by the Vieux Carre Commission (VCC).
New Orleans has always been a significant center for music, showcasing its intertwined European, Latin American, and African cultures. New Orleans' unique musical heritage was born in its pre-American and early American days from a unique blending of European instruments with African rhythms. As the only North American city to allow slaves to gather in public and play their native music (largely in Congo Square, now located within Louis Armstrong Park), New Orleans gave birth to an indigenous music: jazz. Soon, brass bands formed, gaining popular attraction that still holds today. The city's music was later significantly influenced by Acadiana, home of Cajun and Zydeco music, and Delta blues. New Orleans was home to a distinctive brand of rhythm and blues that contributed greatly to the growth of rock and roll in the 1960s. New Orleans also became a hotbed for funk music in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the late 1980s, it had developed its own localized variant of hip hop, called bounce music.
The city's several nicknames are very illustrative: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City that Care Forgot, America's Most Interesting City, Hollywood South, The Northernmost Caribbean City