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CITY GUIDE


In the Aftermath of Katrina, and effort is underway to protect New Orlean's musical heritage.

Don't Stop the Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization backed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and several major clubs and hotels around San Francisco, to provide the evacuees not only with housing, meals and medical care, but also instruments and stages on which to play.

Read the complete article here.

 

Welcome to New Orleans also known as "the Big Easy, the Crescent City or the City that care forgot." Home of the most fascinating Carnival culture in North America and likewise a poetic swampland for great food, excellent music and a comfortable angle on a version of the good life that is all their own. For centuries there has been a nonstop party in the original city center known as the French Quarter. Here's the best place to find America's most distinguished regional cuisine called Creole or Cajun if you prefer its country cousin. Feel the energy of the original Dixieland rhythms that gave the world its most creative musical art form known as jazz. Go slow, the streets speak of a proud, fascinating history of free black expression in dialogue with European sophistication and Caribbean ease.
New Orleans is exceptional in the vigor with which one pursues pleasure. Appreciate the beauty of this journey which natives so graciously share with guests. This is a year round endeavor as shown by the robust nature of this list of annual events (carnaval.com/no/events/ ) Another new 2005 page is our Mardi Gras Tips

 

Best City Guides


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Brought to you by Gambit Weekly, the #1 weekly magazine which translates to strong Entertainment and Dining information although t the archives are no longer available. 
  
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The one & only daily paper the Times-Picayune puts some daily news and features here No search

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Deep site with ads everywhere including content.  See if New Orleans magazine archives are back

The Rest

Yahoo:New Orleans: City Guides || Travel || City || Metro
Cityguides listed increase to 28 from 22 in '97 inc./ excite
Experience New Orleans
by neworleansweb.org || Annual Events
Compucast makes websites and then can you visitor web traffic as well.
The New Orleans Connection City Guide by neworleansla.com 
New Orleans and South Louisiana tourism and culture
is located here too
NewOrleansOnLine.com  by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.
Who invite you to listen to Radio Free New Orleans on RealAudio

New Orleans ALaNet.com
Insiders' guide to New Orleans, including discount coupons.

Tourist Offices (Official Help)

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 The welcome center is right next to Jackson Square in the French Quarter at 529 St. Ann St. Call 504-566-5003 / 1-800-672-6124 1520 Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112. 
Greater New Orleans Black Tourism Network

Both groups share an office at the Superdome
1- 800-725-5652, 504-523-5623
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>The Chamber - New Orleans & the River Region ||

w/ nolalive.com  contacts || directory  || metrovision.org/ 
A membership-driven organization of more than 2,800 companies in the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist

Greater New Orleans Area
Greater New Orleans Listings  
Just four miles from downtown New Orleans is where the 1815 Battle of New Orleans was fought in St. Bernard Parish. Remember Louisiana uses the word parishes instead of counties. The 6th largest lake in the country, Lake Ponchartrain, is nearby, and if you get up to  the North side of the lake on a swamp tour or such you can visit 
St. James Parish
Is just up the great river and an important part of the huge port industry. Famous for their December Christmas Bonfires
Bywater neighborhood  
The historic neighborhood just down river from the French Quarter.
Where to Stay
NEW ORLEANS HOTEL 
Sorted
Alphabetically, by Price. Discount Reservations, Real-Time Pricing, Instant Confirmation. Brought to you by Carnaval.com in association with TravelNow.com. RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW!

LOCAL RESERVATION SERVICES
A Room With A View | reservation request
Providing quality hotels for clients at affordable rates ... free
New Orleans Bed & Breakfast and Accommodations 
"For  20 years we have successfully matched guests and hosts!"
For  20 years we have successfully matched guests and hosts!"
Big Easy/ French Quarter Lodging
One call or e-mail makes finding the right place quick and simple.
French Quarter Accommodation service
A Free Service to all clients
More Reservation services in Marketplace

GRAND HOTELS

FRENCH QUARTER and/or Bed & Breakfast
Gay B & Bs
Long-Term Stays

Visit our Carnaval.com Marketplace Link List for advance direct connection by e-mail with your destination hosts

Places to Eat
Dining is a passionate art form in New Orleans

Gabit-NO.com Best of New Orleans
Database, Cuisines, price ranges, excellent detail.

nolalive.com/tourism/restaurants Restaurants by nolalive.com || Dining Guide - searchable by location, cuisine, price, etc.
Top Ten
Brunches || Romantic ||  Pizza Places || Seafood || Tried and True



Large database & restaurant reviews

Antoines.com
the New Orleans institution since 1840 

You get address/phone plus map it/drive it and begin w\ 14 categories

Food
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restaurant reviews, recipes forums & features

Eating Out roughguides.com Coffee Bars || French Quarter || Outside the Quarter
"Creole food derives from the French and Spanish colonists and their black slaves. A lot of it, like red beans and rice (traditionally Monday lunch), shows a strong Caribbean influence. Cajun food is more rustic, based upon the roux, a tasty brown sauce, and using shallots, parsley, peppers, pork and garlic"
The Creole & Cajun Recipe Page gumbopages.com
Award-winning popular site by Chuck Taggart
Mardi Gras Party Food by mardigrasday.com
Baron Desmond for Blake & Assoc.

On-line Cajun & Creole Food Websites
See all the diffenent ways to get dot-com as a URL

Getting Around
maps.yahoo.com
h Police Unit 

BUS  RTA office 569-2700 101 Dauphine, 4th floor,  Schedules available Fare: $1.00;   VISITOR PASSES $4.00 for one day, $8.00 for three days. for unlimited ridership on all streetcar and bus lines. 
Don't miss riding the St. Charles Streetcar through the Garden District to capture New Orleans and transit at its best. 

TAXICAB  $1.70 drop charge + $.50 for each additional passenger. $3.00 per person for special events or meter rate if greater. Compliments or complaints?  Taxicab Bureau  565-6272

Car & Car Rental Read the meters before you park and double check the signposts after you park. They tow a lot of cars in the downtown area!
 The impound lot
is located at 400 N. Claiborne Ave, under the I-10, behind the  St. Louis cemetary. It may be close to the French Quarter, but the nearby Iberville housing projects mean you will be advised to Not Walk There. You will need your  license plate number

 

Grayline New Orleans

Districts or Neighborhoods

The city is centered around the French Quarter (or Vieux Carré) its well preserved original settlement. Cross Canal Street to the begining of theCBD (Central Business District). Closer to the river is the early "American section", spreads from Canal Street to Howard Avenue, incorporating the Arts District or Warehouse District. Take the St. Charles Streetcar into the Garden District.  Across the river is Algiers which features the same old Spanish architecture of the French Quarter.

French Quarter roughguides.com Along Chartres and Royal Streets|| Bourbon Street and around || Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue|| Jackson Square
The Garden District and Audubon Park 
 
|| Outside the French Quarter

Maps
French Quarter  by frenchquarter.com

Many features inc.\look-up & directions by Vicinity w\ Etak maps Their business look-up works best for chains like Kinkos.
Look up their advertisers, fast, Etak maps. For example if you wanted to look up something you remembered from the web you could get the location of all the
Mapquest Mapped by NOAlive - Address Locator too
Nightlife & Live Music
Map It by Address

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http://www.bestofneworleans.com Best of New Orleans Music Listings by gambit-no || Search Music & The Arts

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The French Quarter
The Heart of New Orleans  Mardi Gras is also known  as  Vieux Carre, pronounced voo carRAY, which means  Old Square in French.
Frenchquarter.com
Has some great pages amongst its growing commercial links including.
The French Quarter by gatewayNO
Gateway New Orleans also checks in with their list of the fun & free
Exploring Jackson Square by neworleansweb.org
"I had an order of  beignets and cafe au lait" (beignets are N.O. donuts)
In the French Quarter, 5 of the 8 historic State buildings  open their collections to the public. The Cabildo /Arsenal & the Presbytere on Jackson Square, The 1850 House in the historic Pontalba Apartments and the Old U.S. Mint near the French Market.
Tours -New Orleans (more )
TourNewOrleans
Historic Walking tours
Exclusive visits to the buildings of author Anne's own properties
Swamp Tours
Only 40 minutes from the French Quarter the Treasure Island Swamps of Barataria await you
Historic New Orleans Walking Tours, Inc.
Offering cemetery, voodoo, and Garden District Tours with author Robert Florence.
Steamboat Natchez
Cruise Down the Mississippi on New Orleans' only Steamboat
Aquarium Zoo Cruise or Mississippi Jazz Cruise
More Tours in Marketplace
Events & Festivals
The Regional Travel Page has more to offer under Festivals & Holidays December is also an extra special time of year in New Orleans

Events & Festivals || Music by bestofneworleans.com
Annual guide sorted by month with some urls. Music guide by icorp.net with sort for neighborhood & genre ending in general description and mapblast locator
Tracks special events & festivals but is best at club listings, concerts
For New Orleans, LA
InsideNewOrleans.com Calendar
Events by month, as well as a schedule of annual events,
NewOrleansLA.com Connection: Calendar of Events

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Since its modest 1970 birth at historic Congo Square, the festival has grown to become arguably the world’s best annual music festival. Held over 10 days, featuring hundreds of musical acts, the festival showcases New Orleans proud heritage as the cradle of jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel and zydeco.

New Orleans Jazz Festival
Check out the Official Web Site or call The Jazz and Heritage Foundation at 504-522-4786
New Orleans Jazzfest
Many page site with images and sound clips from icorp.net.

Museums & Attractions
YAHOO Driving Directions || Map It by Address
Ever heard of Donna's Bar? ever visit DonnasBarandGrill.com?
Discount Coupons for New Orleans Visitor Attractions
Find almost 30 in our Aforum.com/NewOrleans area where you can tell the rest of us about any other discounts out there
Twelve Attractions by BestofNewOrleans.com
Besides the standards you can find out more about Entergy IMAX Theater (Right next door to the Aquarium with a 5 1/2 story screen and amazing surrond sound), New Orleans Fair Grounds whose horse racing season is Dec thru March, Global Wildlife Center one hour north, Louisiana Nature & Astronomy Center,  and St. Louis Cathedral which is the oldest practicing cathedral in the United States and the spiritual center of the French Quarter
Twenty-eight Places of Interest by cresentcity.com

"A nice way to see the Garden District is to make reservations at Commander's Palace for lunch, take the street car to the Garden District and walk to Commanders. " list of New Orleans Museums  
Some 27 w/ phone & address.

Aquarium of the Americas
One of the best anywhere, in scenic Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Audubon Parks
Take an interactive stroll or go in person to their three parks
101 cool things
The 1,500 acres make this popular mid-city park with many things to see and do the nation's 5th largest urban park in the nation
Plantation Dependency House
Just 25 minutes from downtown New Orleans on the Mississippi
Fort Pike, an essential step  for the defense of a young American nation.

Voodoo
Traces its roots back to the the West African Yoruban people and is now practiced by over 60 million people worldwide. Also known as the Vodon or Candomble religion. New Orleans is considered the capital of Voodoo in the USA. New Orleans special relationship with death goes beyond the happy brass funeral bands. Learn more about how the dead rise from the swamps.
Haunted by NOLAlive ||Vampire sightings || Ghost Stories || Voodoo
Plenty of content from the Daily paper inc. author Ann Rice in the news...
"If the Coven Ball is getting a little tame for your tastes, maybe Madame Elisandrya can whip up something special for you."
Requires a plug-in for home-page viewing, a looker

Lots of links & photos
Voodoo by religioustolerance.org
Authoritative guide

Some photos of voodoo related places.
 
Kids
Mardi G. Raccoon by mardi.com
Cool places and things for Kids in New Orleans & Louisiana
Here's four ideas for you.
Forum/Chat/Talk About It

You can also CHAT about the sights at their bourbocam
A  view of the world's wildest street from Cat's Meow, 701 Bourbon
New Orleans at Aforum.com
Discover the power of global Carnaval by beginning at this outpost
Memory Book
at neworleansweb.org
Photos
 FOTO Gallery
 [F] Sightseeing Fotos
 [F] Galleries & Posters
Detroit Publishing's American Memory  
Search the Library of Congress archives for "New Orleans" to see hundreds of pre-1920's photos.
Sound
  • WWOZ.org 90.7FM!
    Playing blues, jazz, cajun, zydeco, gospel, Brazilian, Caribbean and more, 
  • www.tulane.edu/~wtul Eclectic Tulane University student run; 
  • satchmo.comSatchmoY2K || satchmo.com  by Sonicnet covering all eras and genres of Louisiana music.
  • KBON 101.1 FM || KBON.com variety with a Louisiana flavor from Eunice, LA; 
  • Listen || RadioLouisiane.com The Voice of French America Cajun, Zydeco Franco-American & Louisiana Creole music  
Video
 

 

Music
We're in the process of moving music to its own expanded new page where it will be joining our Samba, Soca, Salsa sections as Swamp Music
OffBeat  
Is the nation's most musical city's music magazine.
We recommend Offbeat's Graffiti Wall for last minute changes,

Music Links

The state of jazz in the world of music by the respected music industry sage, Clive Davis. "
Marsalis's eminence as a classical interpreter is unquestioned. But his pronouncements on musical tradition and his activist role in New York have aroused resentment among performers and critics alike."
Marsalis's eminence as a classical interpreter is unquestioned. But his pronouncements on musical tradition and his activist role in New York have aroused resentment among performers and critics alike."
Royal Musical Families of New Orleans
Wynton Marsalis Discography by CD-U
Is likely to be the most influential person in music since the reign of fellow cajun Louis Armstrong. His father and teacher Ellis Marsalis is the premier modern jazz pianist of New Orleans and his other sons Branford and Defeayo are jazz stars as well.
The Marsalis Family by gatewayno.com
Harry Connick Jr.  | Discography by CD-U
Is a great jazz musician and singer, a movie star, son of the Harry Connick Sr. the New Orleans D.A., and a founding leader of the Krewe of Orpheus. New at Amazon.com
It Had To Be You [IMPORT]

Neville Brothers Official || Discography by CD-U
Are synonymous with New Orleans music. From Amazon.com New in '99 Valence Street Released in '98 Live at Tipitina's || Treacherous: A History of the Nevilles

NEW ORLEANS: BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ
The music called Jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of Ragtime, marching band music, and Blues.  When the long simmering musical gumbo of turn of the century New Orleans spilled over with Dixieland jazz, the nation was electrified by its exuberant driving tempos, infectious melodies and inspired improvisation. Today, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band preserves the early history of jazz playing classics like "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" which show off the syncopated musical accents derived from the combination of driving march rhythms and blues-influenced progressions.
Traditional Jazz (Dixieland)
Learn more or join the mailing list.
Jazz Greats of New Orleans by gatewayNO
Including Fats Domino the first great piano player of jazz Jell Roll Morton

Louis Armstrong by libertyhall.com | Discography by CD-U

B0000029JW.m.gif (18345 bytes)Superstar Louis Armstrong (1900-1971) of New Orleans was not only the single most important person in jazz history but also a beloved, wonderful character. The great Satchmo established jazz as an expression of creative individuality and an authentic American art form. His famous gravel-voiced renditions of classics like Hello Dolly, Sunny Side of the Street, Basin Street Blues and America the Beautiful are only surpassed by his legendary trumpet playing. Perhaps the greatest musical genius of the 20th century he was also America's ambassador to the world for half a century.
A product of ?404 http://www.technoir.net/jazz/louie.html New Orleans, his mentor was the father of "hot jazz" New at amazon.com An American Icon [BOX SET]
A good First Cd try 16 Most Requested Songs || CD-U Discography

Dr. John at CD-U
You've made it to the right place at the right time! Enjoy this  gritty voiced Jazz singer from New Orleans!

CAJUN- ZYDECO- SWAMP MUSIC
The English triggered exodus of long-standing French settlers from the Arcadian region of Canada (now called Nova Scotia) led to decades of longing and wandering before the strength of their culture led most to resettle as subsistence farmers in Southern Louisiana where they were welcomed by fellow French-speaking Catholics. Their music, a product of a reconstructed culture with additional influences from the local free people of color evolved over two centuries as a combination of lonesome voice, harmonious fiddle and boisterous accordion on top of rhythm guitar and an iron triangle. Cajun and zydeco music began its continuing popular resurgence in the 1970's and continues to grow in popularity today through recordings and music festivals held throughout the country.
Visit our selection of classic, reviewed and new CD's in our Carnaval.com /Aforum
 
Steve Winick's Allons Á Lafayette is about Cajun music past to present.
THE BLUES

||The Blues Ring List
Webmaster's describe their sites
History

A History of New Orleans  
By Donald McNabb & Lee Madere (8 pages).
Historic New Orleans Collection hnoc.org  
Where the City's colorful past comes alive.
Louisiana State Museum
Arts & Culture
New Orleans Opera  
Celebrating 200 years of Opera, but first the Mardi Gras
Lists of Links
Yahoo:New Orleans: City Guides || Travel || City || Metro
Cityguides listed increase to 28 from 22 in '97 inc./ excite Shakeout time yet
Greater New Orleans Listings bylapage.com
Comprehensive Web Guide like us and the mining company

carnaval.com/no/events/ - Annual Event Link List

Gay & Lesbian
Cresent City.com
by Ambush Inc. the same folks who bring you www.gaymardigras.com & www.gayneworleans.com  among others
Impactnews.com
|| [email protected] ||
Since 1977 Serving Lesbian - Gay New Orleans and the Gulf South no archives:(
African-American
  "Kinesthesis, a term popularized by dance scholars, refers to the restored behavior of a people, unwritten acts of memory that carry in the flow of body rhythms across time." Jason Berry  there is a scholarly body of work exploring the shared inheritance of New Orleans and many Caribbean cultures
History selections from newOrleansOnLine.com

BlackNewOrleans.com
BlackNewOrleans.com

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