Its status as a world-famous tourist destination is due in part to its
architecture, music, cuisine, its annual Mardi
Gras, and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often
referred to as "The most unique city in America."
The Greater New Orleans population was
approximately 1.4 million people prior to Hurricane
Katrina (the metro area has rebounded to 1.2 million since,
according to the Census Bureau). The Greater New Orleans
area is still Louisiana's largest urban center. The population of
the city itself was 484,674 according to the 2000 U.S. Census. A population study from
July 2006 to March 2007 found that the city gained 32,000 people
during that seven month time frame, bringing its population to
255,000, or 56% of its pre-Katrina population. (read
The first part of the Aquarium takes you on a journey through
the Caribbean. You enter through the 30 foot tunnel surrounded by
17 ft of water which is approximately 132,000 gallons of water.
You then head upstairs to the Amazon Exhibit. This is located in
a glass structure that gives the Aquarium an original and
noticeable flair. The humidity, mist, and noise all adds the
authenticity of this exhibit. Some of the highlights of this area
are the Parrots, Anaconda, and Piranhas. (read more . . .
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo and Pops,
was an American jazz musician.
Armstrong was a charismatic, innovative performer whose inspired
improvised soloing was the main influence for a fundamental change
in jazz, shifting its focus from collective melodic playing, often arranged in
one way or another, to the solo player and improvised soloing. One
of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century, he first
achieved fame as a cornet
player, later on switching to trumpet, but toward the end of his career he
was best known as a vocalist and became one of the most influential
jazz singers. (read more...)
...the Saint Charles streetcar line in New Orleans and the San
Francisco, California cable cars are the nation's only mobile
...The Battle of New Orleans, which made
a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had
ended and more than a month before the news of the war's end had
...The Louisiana Superdome is the world's
largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts?
"It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world
until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an
American has not seen the United States until he has seen
Mardi-Gras in New Orleans."