New Orleans

There are 1,250,247 people in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

In 2018 New Orleans celebrated her tricentennial. After 300 years, the history, art, and ethnicities have developed into a rich, vibrant culture like no other.  We are proud of our diversity and it keeps things exciting. 

The summers are hot and humid but the winters are mild. Locals say that the four seasons in NOLA are Carnival (Mardi Gras), Crawfish, Hurricane and Football.  We like to eat; there are more than 1400 restaurants and some pretty spectacular food trucks lining the streets.

wKnown as "The City that Care Forgot," New Orleans is always bustling with excitement. After all, it's home to Bourbon St., the largest free party in the world.  Any time of any day, this street in the heart of the French Quarter serves as an outdoor mall of entertainment for thousands of revelers.  There are dance clubs, jazz halls, karaoke bars, street performers and many more to tickle even the pickiest fancy. 

If you'd like a break from the frenzy of Bourbon St, just a two block walk in any direction will take you to one of the many live theaters in town, including Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, the oldest community theater in the United States. 

Indeed, the rich history of the city adds an elegant charm to every scene, song and silhouette within.  Home to such literary knowns as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice, New Orleans offers one of the wealthiest offerings of drama, musicals, comedy clubs, chamber music and art galleries that you'll find in any metropolitan area.

Enjoy fishing? Hunting? New Orleans has it all. Surrounded by water, fishing is more than a hobby for New Orleanians.  And with dense marsh, grass, and woodlands a stone's throw away, no wonder Louisiana's license plate reads "Sportsman's Paradise." 

Do you like pro football, basketball, baseball, rugby or soccer? Sports fans have more than enough to keep them busy with the Saints, Pelicans, and other professional teams in town.  There's a reason New Orleans has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city, it's tailgate heaven.

Then, for one month each year, the entire region rings in the Mardi Gras season with parades through every part of town.  Celebrities, bands and floats dance down the streets throwing beads and doubloons.  With a parade somewhere nearly every night, you don't have to go to Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras comes to you!

Commuting to downtown can always be done in a matter of minutes, with the worst rush hour commute taking about half an hour.  Streetcars run through much of the uptown, midcity and downtown areas adding a level of unrivaled class to public transportation.  Finally, whether flying to meet a client or for that last minute trip to the Bahamas, Louis Armstrong International Airport is a short cab ride away.



The city is generally “pet friendly” and NOLA is a top city for cyclists. NOLA  has made an effort in recent years to improve access for cyclists, creating more than 100 miles of bikeways.  Parks, museums, and festivals are a short ride from most areas in the city.  Most parks and many of the numerous art, food, cultural and music festivals are free. There is a calendar of events at the bottom of this page.

We have a booming biomedical corridor that draws experts and specialists from across the globe. 

Living in New Orleans is as affordable as it is convenient. The monthly payment on a suburban house is often less than the monthly rent of an efficiency apartment in other cities.

Everyone's heard someone say, "It's a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."  The opposite is true of New Orleans. That's because there's no way to truly enjoy everything that New Orleans has to offer with just a visit. Whether you're a sportsman, an art fanatic, a dance fiend, or just enjoy friendly crowds, there's something for everyone.



2019 New Orleans Festival Calendar

MARCH 2019


 new orleans