Louisiana Local Customs

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Louisiana Local Customs

  • Drinking

    New Orleans Local Customs

    One of the first things I was told when I arrived in New Orleans was the recommendation to be careful with “hurricane” cocktails, because their sweet taste is deceiving, and there is more alcohol in them than one may suspect. I had one, but no more because it was indeed a bit too sweet for my taste. Anyway I enquired about the recipe, and I found...

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  • Speech

    New Orleans Local Customs

    Local terms that may be unfamiliar to those from outside the area: - Neutral Ground The central median of a road or highway. There's an interesting history behind how this was derived, going back the 17th century. - CC's Community Coffee House. This is a small chain of coffee shops run by the Louisiana coffee company. If a New Orleanian refers to...

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  • Beads

    New Orleans Local Customs

    The tradition of throwing beads during the Mardi Gras parade dates back to the 19th century. At the time, the strings of beads were made of glass and although these weren't very expensive, the arrival of cheap plastic beads on the market helped increase the amount of beads thrown during the parade. You get a pretty good idea of just how many...

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  • Street Performers

    New Orleans Local Customs

    One of the highly embraced local customs in New Orleans is the art of Busking. For those who are not familiar with the term, busking is the act of performing services on the street for entertainment, solely on the basis of tips. There is no better place to see these actors, artisans, and performers than in and around Jackson Square in the...

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  • Food of N.O.

    New Orleans Local Customs

    UPDATE: A fire on July 27, 2012 destroyed the Hubig's factory... The owners have stated they plan to rebuild, and I cannot wait until they do - Hubig's pies are one of those things I truly miss about New Orleans, and I am anxious to taste them again. Watch this...

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  • Mardi Gras

    New Orleans Local Customs

    Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans is arguably something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Mardi Gras beads (photo courtesy of morgueFile.com)From the parades to the spirited culture and the zesty Creole food, there’s truly something for everyone who visits New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Louisiana native Allison Gouaux...

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  • People

    New Orleans Local Customs

    Some of these people are locals, others are visitors, but they all look happy and smile at the tourist-photographer! I sometimes “steal” pictures, but the ones I like to make the most are the asked for ones; a bit posed, but at least the smiles are for me! And the smiles denote also the nice atmosphere you find in the streets of New Orleans, even...

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  • History

    New Orleans Local Customs

    On January 7, 1815, the eve of the Battle of New Orleans, citizens spent the night in the old Ursuline convent on Chartres Street praying to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for victory. Fearing the arrival of British guns at their doors, they asked for a miracle and promised to dedicate the city to her if she helped them win an impossible battle— a...

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  • Voodoo

    New Orleans Local Customs

    Getting your palms read by a voodoo person is essential New Orleans behavior. You just have to do this. If I remember rightly the place I went to was up towards the Frenchman St end of Bourbon St. It was quaint and had a bit of character to the shop. An essential ingredient if you want the real New Orleans experience. In general you can get the...

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  • Information

    New Orleans Local Customs

    New Orleans is very classic...very south...and therefore, very hot in the summer. Therefore, if traveling May-August be prepared. Air conditioning is not something that is a top priority in most of the major attractions: jazz clubs, restaurants. I would bring a plastic fan, hand-held fan, water bottles, hats, sunglasses, cool clothing, etc,...

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  • Jazz /Music

    New Orleans Local Customs

    New Orleans is famous for street bands, where no drums or string bass are used. This is interesting because this contrasts dramatically with the roots and typical presence of drums by African-American musicians. Here, the bass is produced by the tuba, and the percussion is the percussive intensity of the players style in this brass instruments. No...

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  • Get Arrested?

    New Orleans Local Customs

    Dealing with the police and the court system in New Orleans can be difficult for out-of-town visitors. Bail is usually higher and more difficult to post, even for minor offenses, if you are not local. Tourists, convention participants and partygoers should be aware that the New Orleans Police Department enforces laws as strictly as possible and...

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  • Museums

    New Orleans Local Customs

    The Presbytere, matches the Cabildo (Town Hall) on the other side of the St. Louis Cathedral. Originally it was called the Casa Curial (Ecclesiastical House) because it was built on the site of the residence, or "presbytere", of the Capuchin monks c 1791. In 1834, it became a courthouse and the mansard roof was added in 1847. The cupola is being...

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  • Horses/Mules

    New Orleans Local Customs

    It's common to see cops on horses throughout the French Quarter - especially at midnight on Fat Tuesday. All the horses line up in the street and move in unison down the street as people are ordered off (as I mentioned in one of my Mardi Gras tips). This tends to make New Orleans at midnight on Fat Tuesday seem like Gotham City -eerie and strange....

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  • The Coonass meaning

    Being from Louisiana and a decendant of a cajun I just wanted to give my two bits worth of the coonass theory. Coonass is a term used by the cajuns from the deep south to describe those of us who are not full blooded cajuns and also just as the southerners are called rebels and the North called yankees, the southern Louisiana consider anyone in...

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  • Rolling Pin Bed

    In two different old homes, we heard the story of the rolling pin bed. This must be something local to Louisiana, because I have heard of spool beds, sleigh beds and four poster beds, but never had heard of a rolling pin bed. In this case the rolling pin is a part of the headboard but it set on pegs so that it can be detached. The mattresses are...

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  • The city of New Orleans

    The city of New Orleans was founded by Bienville in 1718 and was named after Duc d'Orleans. The oldest and most famous part of New Orleans is the Vieux Carre, the French Quarter, what isn't really a square but rectangular in shape. In a way the name is misleading too. In 1788, a fire destroyed the French Quarter, 856 buildings burned down. The fire...

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  • Annual Events - Natchitoches

    JANUARY - Creole Heritage Festival. Demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of traditional Creole music, dance, food ways, folk, crafts, art and religious traditions are included in the day\'s activities. APRIL – Jazz R & B Festival. Lots of sounds of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Cajun and Zydeco musicians from across the South. Over 20 bands playing...

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  • Legal Drinking Age

    The drinking age in Louisiana is 21 years old. Drinking in public in New Orleans is permitted as long as you do not have an open or glass container. Be sure to ask the bar or restaurant for a "to go cup"..

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  • Yearly Events - New Orleans

    February : Mardi GrasMarch : Super Sunday, Mardi Gras Indians FestivalApril : Jazz and Heritage FestivalMay : New Orleans Wine and Food FestivalJune : International Arts Festival (formerly Reggae Riddums)July : Russian Summer FestivalAugust : Satchmo Summer FestOctober : Swampfest, New Orleans Film and Video Festival, Fresh Art FestivalDecember :...

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  • Annual Events - Shreveport

    January : Mardi Gras In the Ark-La-Tex. This is a regional celebration of the carnival season which features parades, balls and other special events. April : NIKE Shreveport Open Golf Tournament, an annual event for professional golfers from throughout the country. Held at Southern Trace. May : Ark-La-Tex Jazz and Gumbo Festival. An annual weekend...

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  • Weather

    Louisiana’s subtropical climate makes for one of the longest growing seasons in the national, officially lasting from 220 days per year in North Louisiana to as many as 350 days in the south.Shreveport’s annual average temperatures range from 66 to 69ºF (18.9 to 20.6ºC), with July averaging 82ºF (27.8ºC) and January averaging 53ºF...

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  • en Francaise

    There is almost no place in Louisiana where a traveller HAS to know French to get by. Knowing reasonable English is fine. However, there are some places in South Louisiana where French is spoken predominantly.

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  • The melting pot of the south

    There is a rich diversity of peoples in Louisiana. They include the original Indian inhabitants, plus the descendants of a variety of settlers, among whom were the French, Spanish, English, German, Acadians, West Indians, Africans, Irish and Italians and now include almost every nationality on earth. The original French colonists were soon joined...

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  • Louisiana Coon Ass

    The Term-'Coonass' 'Coonass is a controversial term in the Cajun lexicon: to some Cajuns it is regarded as the supreme ethnic slur, meaning 'ignorant, backwards Cajun'; to others the term is a badge of pride, much like the word Chicano is for Mexican Americans. In South Louisiana, for example, one can often see bumper stickers reading 'Warning —...

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  • There is a difference in the...

    There is a difference in the northern and southern part of Louisiana in the accent you will hear when people talk. I have always enjoyed our travels in the southern part of Louisiana, I think because there seems to always be some sort of a festival going on somewhere to celebrate something. I just love to hear that Cajun (slang expression for...

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  • Mardi Gras

    The big happening in New Orleans is the famous carneval Mardi Gras . I were luckie enough to be there once , during the carneval week end and I enjoyed it.

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  • Go to the Jazz & Heritage...

    Go to the Jazz & Heritage Fest. Here is a link http://www.insidenew rleans.com/partners/nojazzfest/

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  • THIS IS THE SIGHT OF THE...

    THIS IS THE SIGHT OF THE EVANGELINE OAK, A TREE MADE FAMOUS BY THE POEM BY LONGFELLOW.

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  • HERE WE HAVE A MONUMENT TO THE...

    HERE WE HAVE A MONUMENT TO THE GANGSTER TEAM OF BONNIE AND CLYDE, ERECTED AT THE SPOT WHERE THEY WERE MERCILESSLY GUNNED DOWN BY THE LAW. SO SAD...

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  • CAN YOU GUYS MAKE OUT WHAT...

    CAN YOU GUYS MAKE OUT WHAT THIS SIGN SAYS? BOY, IF THAT'S NOT CULTURE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!

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  • New Orleans' climate is...

    New Orleans' climate is influenced by its subtropical latitude and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. It's hot, wet and sticky for most of the year - other times it's just wet. February through April is the best time to visit, when an easygoing climate coincides with the city's two most spectacular events, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. May sees the heat...

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  • Make sure to visit some of...

    Make sure to visit some of the smaller parishesIf you go to a party and eat king cake, here are some things you should know:King cakes are ring shaped, with multi-colored sugar on top. They are only made during Mardi Gras. The sugar is dyed purple, green and gold (the colors symbolizing Mardi Gras). Be careful when eating the pieces of cake, for...

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  • New Orleans is more than just...

    New Orleans is more than just a fun city. The French quarters are a prove of that. By the way, let me inform you that the so-called French quarters are actually bunch of Spanish XVIII style houses, as the guide said. Yes, as you might know, Span held possesion of Lousiana by the end of XVIII century and a Spanish governor and aristrocacy took over...

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  • THE ONLY REAL CULTURE HERE IS...

    THE ONLY REAL CULTURE HERE IS GOOD FOOD, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND WARM HEARTED PEOPLE.NEW ORLEANS IS NOT MARDI GRAS, JAZZ FEST, AND ONLY GOOD TIMES. WE STILL HAVE CARING PEOPLE HERE WHO DO NOT DRINK, PARTY, DANCE, OR DO DRUGS!!

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  • Don't be shocked by the...

    Don't be shocked by the sleeze....at first it is a little odd but you get used to it. Also it is not fancy...French Quarter is well used, dirty and a smell looms all day.Summer will greet you with intense humidity. Shower, then walk outside and you feel like you need another one immediately.

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