New Orleans Local Customs

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  • 1. Drinking

    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...

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  • 2. Speech

    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...

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  • 3. Beads

    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...

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  • 4. Food of N.O.

    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...

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  • 5. Street Performers

    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,...

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  • 6. Mardi Gras

    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...

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  • 7. History

    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...

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  • 8. People

    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...

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  • 9. Voodoo

    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...

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  • 10. Jazz /Music

    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...

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  • 11. Information

    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...

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  • 12. Get Arrested?

    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....

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  • 13. Horses/Mules

    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...

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  • 14. Museums

    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...

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  • 15. Hot Stuff

    Tabasco, Louisiana's famous hot pepper sauce, is actually made on Avery Island, 140 miles from New Orleans, but it plays a big role in the Big Easy's cuisine....

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  • 16. Call Them "Streetcars", not "Trolleys"

    New Orleans residents recognize the although their electrified railcars are not unique, and are referred to as trolleys most everywhere else in the world, they...

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  • 17. Christmas in New Orleans: Miracle on Fulton Street

    The Miracle on Fulton Street is an annual holiday celebration on the pedestrian walkway between the Harrah's parking garage and entrance to Harrah's Hotel....

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  • 18. Christmas in New Orleans: Celebration in the Oaks

    Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans tradition. In beautiful City Park, the $7 admission fee (under 3 are admitted for free) gets you access to the walking...

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  • 19. Jingle Jangle Jingle - Here Comes Mr. Bingle!

    Mr. Bingle is the snowman assistant to Santa Claus, and mascot of the former Maison Blanche department stores (now Dillard’s) much beloved of the residents of...

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  • 20. Crescent City Classic Run

    On the morning of our first full day in New Orleans, we ventured onto our balcony to witness what seemed like thousands of people obviously running in some...

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  • 21. north of st. ann street

    new orleans has a very large gay and lesbian population and the french quarter is a gay and lesbian tourist attraction. st. ann street runs east and west...

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  • 22. Cash Only

    Be aware. There are several restaurants and clubs and such which only take cash. Adolfo's on Frenchman Street and the Honey Island Swamp Tour are two examples...

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  • 23. Bus Art!

    As we left the Le Pavillon Hotel to wander through town, we came across these colorfully painted buses tucked along sidewalks and terraces. They reminded us of...

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  • 24. Voodoo in Louisiana?

    Voodoo came to New Orleans with the slave trade--the majority coming from Benin, West Africa. Through the years, it became integrated with the Catholic...

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  • 25. The Jazz Funeral

    New Orleans has the unique tradition of The Jazz Funeral, something we did not witness on our visit to this city.Renowned New Orleans jazzman, Sidney Bechet...

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