Jackson Square, New Orleans, full of history
If your New Year’s Eve plans take you near New Orleans this year, you might want to take in the midnight New Year’s festivities in the French Quarter. At the heart of the French Quarter is Jackson Square. Named after President Andrew Jackson, a statue of him on horseback stands in the square. This part of New Orleans takes you back to the mid 1800s, when most of the buildings were originally constructed. Horse and mule drawn carriages abound in this part of town for the tourist trade. Horse drawn wedding carriages are a common site. Noted for it’s mild climate local artists abound showing off their works in the square itself. Many artists have set up permanent open air stores in the square. Manicured lawns, bushes and flower beds add to the charm of the area. Surrounding Jackson Square is a wide range of restaurants for everyone’s taste buds. There is a local flavor to be savored in the museums and old buildings too. Many of the old buildings and hotels in the area are reputed to be haunted and there are tours of them if your want to add another aspect to your New Year’s eve itinerary. The French Quarter’s buildings survived Hurricane Katrina with minimal damage because it is on higher ground than the rest of New Orleans and the whole area is thriving today.
New Year’s Eve festivities
The Crescent City Countdown Club will be hosting the traditional New Year’s celebration. A glorious display of fireworks will be over the Mississippi River at midnight. To add a local touch they have added a gumbo pot drop to launch the fireworks display. There will be local live music, fire eaters, mimes and other roving entertainers throughout the area to keep you entertained. Add to that the traditional jazz music that New Orleans is noted for and you’ll have a New Year’s eve you will not soon forget. The celebration is set to begin at 9pm on December 31, 2007.
There are many smaller hotels and hostels in the area. The architecture of many of them is something to indulge yourself in if you are a history or art buff. Many of the hotels were former mansions of the wealthy of the area. You will find yourself fascinated by the old buildings and want to know more about the local legends and history. If you prefer a more up to date hotel there are many newly built modern hotels close to the French Quarter. Whichever accommodations you choose just be sure to book your room early.
A Web site to find out more
To find out more about the area, the New Year’s eve events and accommodations go to www.atneworleans.com There you will be able to find links to more New Orleans area information.
Enjoy your New Year’s eve party this year with a touch of Cajun and southern hospitality. Visit Jackson Square in New Orleans, LA
For more information go to At New Orleans.com