If Bourbon Street is the "Center of Partying" for New Orleans, Jackson Square is the center of Cajun/Creole/Big Easy-Lifestyle. Located in the French Quarter this market place is surrounded by a church, and old French houses with lots of nice shops and restaurants. Sit down on a bench and observe the people on the square. A lot of street artists like musicians, jugglers, painters and breakdancers show their talents on Jackson Square. Lots of thieves, too. So watch your wallet.
Andrew Jackson was a major general in the War of 1812 and was a national hero because of his defeat of the British at New Orleans. His war accolades eventually won him the Presidency of the United States in 1832. The Square's statue of Jackson on his horse is one of the most recognizable monuments in New Orleans. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is bordered by the St Louis Cathedral, Cafe duMonde, the Mississippi River, and many, many shops. It is just a few hundred meters from the French Market, major hotels, a mall, and Bourbon St.
Nestled in Jackson Square, the imfamous St Louis Cathedral is a symbol of New Orleans. I trully enjoy the time I spent there both walking in the square looking at the mimes, artists, musicians, gypsys, and even the con-artists.
During the day the streets around Jackson Square: St Peter, Chartres and St Ann streets are full of artists. You will see magicians, blues musicians, brass bands and even palmists.
Jackson Square is great. It's usually filled with street performers, artists, fortune tellers and the like. Always something going on. It's a great place to just sit down and people watch.
Toward the river you will find a seating area developed for a variety of entertainers. They usually do 2+ shows a day and seem to draw a crowd.
An interesting area with St Louis Cathedral making it quite a focal point. There are psychic readers, street paints, musicians and performers all around the square to entertain you.
Jackson Square--Artists, street musicians,sightseeing, or just plain resting for or after you trip through the French Quarters.
Jackson Square is a pedestrian mall, and an iron fence that has been used for decades by artists, at times numbering 300 or more, who work
and display at Jackson Square.
Jackson Square, Here you will find street proformers, live music, buggy rides. You can even get you palm read or talk to a voodoo priestess.
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