Known affectionately as ‘the Big Easy’, New Orleans holidays take you to a Louisiana city located on the southern end of the mighty Mississippi River, right beside the Gulf of Mexico. Often referred to as a ‘melting pot’, the wonderful city of New Orleans is a unique fusion of a great many cultures, drawing influences from French, African and American traditions to name but a few.
New Orleans Mardi Gras
Given its eclectic cultural origins, it’s fair to say that there is no place quite like New Orleans, and it has a one of a kind festival atmosphere that lasts all year ‘round. The most well-known celebration in New Orleans has got to be the world famous Mardi Gras carnival and parade. Celebrated during the run up to Easter, Mardi Gras is an explosion of colour, flamboyancy and fun! Of course, outside of Mardi Gras season, there is always time for a party in New Orleans.
While New York City is often referred to as ‘the city that never sleeps’, Bourbon Street certainly gives it a run for its money! Fabled for its many bars and clubs which never close, Bourbon Street is party central and THE place to be at night time on your holiday to New Orleans. During the day though, it takes on a totally different visage, and is a place to go see world class live music performances and eat out at authentic local eateries.