The City of New Orleans Celebrates 295th Birthday



New Orleans Skyline – source: Wikimedia, public domain


The city of New Orleans is celebrating its 295th birthday. Founded on May 7, 1718, it was named after Orle’ans, a city located on the Loire River in France. New Orleans is well-known for its culinary delights, great music, many festivals, perhaps most notably Mardi Gras. It’s the birthplace of jazz, home of the Saints, and French Market do-nuts.

As a New Orleans native, turned Montanan (8 years ago), I thought I’d take a moment and celebrate the city’s uniqueness by listing some trivia and a few of my favorite things.

  • Food
    • Seafood, gumbo, jambalaya
    • Coffee & chicory and beignets
    • Snowballs – nectar, spearmint, and chocolate (nobody makes the ice as fine as  in New Orleans)
    • Po-boys and muffalettas
    • Ponchatoula Strawberries
  • Music and Festivals
    • Rock
    • Blues
    • Jazz Fest
    • Mardi Gras
    • Strawberry Festival

  • Architecture
    • French and Spanish style in and around the French Quarter
    • Creole cottages
    • Shotgun house
    • Stately mansions.
  • Alligators
    • Old Hard Hide
  • Flowers and trees
    • Azaleas
    • Magnolias
    • Spanish Moss
    • Oak Trees
  • Parks
    • City Park and Storyland
    • Audubon Park and Zoo
    • The Lakefront and Old Beach
  • Monikers
    • The Crescent City
    • The City That Care Forgot
    • The Big Easy
Happy Birthday New Orleans!

Please visit our column New Orleans Roots for more insight about life in New Orleans.


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