1) The food! New Orleans has some of the best food in the country.
2) New Orleans also has some of the best black-owned restaurants. Be sure to check out Lil Dizzy’s Café and Café Dauphine in the lower 9th ward. It’s off the beaten path, but well worth the trip!
3) The History: In New Orleans the history of slavery and the relationships between the French and Africans were unique in that they allowed a continuation of African cultural practices, from music to marketplace.
4) Mardi Gras. No, not get drunk/flash Mardi Gras. “The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans are Black community organizations that celebrate their unique cultural heritage and reinforce community involvement in traditional practices. The Indians first paraded as the Black Indians of Mardi Gras Day more than a century ago to honor and celebrate the free and enslaved Black community’s alliances with Native Americans before and after Emancipation. The iconography in Tribe practices reveals a deep reverence held by early Blacks in New Orleans for the way that Native Americans fought European colonization.”
5) Music is everywhere! From the man playing the trumpet while paying for parking to the many jazz bars on Frenchman street to a second line.
6) The architecture is absolutely beautiful.
7) Dancing occurs anywhere
8) And everywhere
9) Literally everywhere
10) No Really….Everywhere
What are you waiting for?!?