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Tri NOLA: 75 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday.

51. The Court of Two Sisters’ century-old wisteria vine canopy and daily jazz brunch

52. Retracing 300 years of history on French Quarter walking tours

53. Watching the culinary magic unfold while dining at the kitchen table at Commander’s Palace

54. Picking up French accents, such as olive jars and anduze pots, at Antiques de Provence

55. Nottoway Plantation’s period-perfect, all-white ballroom

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway's ornate frieze work consists of 4,200 yards of plastering, 1,500 feet of cornicing and 140 feet of scroll ornamentation. (©Nottoway Plantation)

56. Watching the pros hand-roll Vieux Carré stogies at Cigar Factory New Orleans

57. Confederacy of Cruisers’ two-wheeled, three-sheets cocktail tour

58. Edible St. Joseph Day altars

59. GW Fins’ sizzling oysters and fresh-made biscuits 

60. The Tennessee Williams Festival’s annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in Jackson Square

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Contestants channel their inner Brandos during the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest. (©Shawn Fink)

61. Catching cabbages—and kisses—during the Irish Chanel St. Patrick’s Day Parade

62. The blue-ribbon fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House

63. The “Paris green” ironwork and copper-plated bathtub at Gallier House

64. Swinging back in time at the National WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen

65. Getting a whiff of springtime backyard crawfish boils

New Orleans crawfish
Crawfish are generally available from December through May. (©Shawn Fink)

66. Posing for pictures with Fats Domino, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and others at New Orleans Musical Legends Park

67. The mule-drawn Roman Chewing Candy cart distributing its trademark taffy along St. Charles Avenue as it has since 1915

68. Galatoire’s puffy soufflé potatoes and spirited Friday lunch crowd 

69. The Napoleon-topped water fountain and business card-covered walls at the Old Absinthe House

70. Seeing fine-feathered Mardi Gras Indians strut through the streets on Super Sunday

Mardi Gras Indian New Orleans
Super Sunday, which generally falls on the third weekend in March, kicks off from A.L. Davis Park. (©Pableaux Johnson/GNOCVB)

71. Catching the Carnival spirit long after the parades have passed with a visit to Mardi Gras World

72. The Steamboat Natchez’s calliope piping out “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” during afternoon downpours

73. Killer PoBoys’ gourmet twists on the city’s signature sandwich

74. Aligning our chakras amid “Two Centuries of Louisiana History” at during Yoga at the Cabildo

75. Eyeing alligators—and getting eyed back—on an Airboat Adventures tour 

For the first 50 things we love click here.  

Airboat Adventures New Orleans
Ever petted an alligator? You will on an Airboat Adventures tour. (©Shawn Fink)