Maybe the ball doesn’t drop down in the Big Easy, but New Year’s in New Orleans is a unique event everyone should experience. Whether walking the streets of the French Quarter or dining in New Orleans’ finest restaurants, there is sure to be an event that suits your needs.
Jackson Square hosts the biggest party in the city with thousands on New Orleans’ finest. The city has it’s own traditions as “Baby Bacchus” drops from the top of Jax Brewery at midnight. The origin of peacefully dropping the infant of Saint John the Baptist stems from the strong influence of French Catholics that built the Crescent City. The drop is followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Mississippi River.
For a calmer night, make reservations at one of New Orleans’ restaurants. If you want to stay within the Garden District, the award-winning Commander’s Palace is just a block away from the Grand Victorian. Or you can head downtown on the Streetcar and dine among the New Year’s chaos. Many restaurants offer specials and packages to make the night extraordinary.
Discover New Orleans’ one-of-a-kind music scene on Frenchmen Street. There are dozens of bars and clubs that showcase unforgettable local artists, especially jazz. Bring in 2011 with Galactic, a funk/rock band, at Tipitina’s or Better Than Ezra, a rock band, at the House of Blues. You are sure to find a band that you can dance the night away while listening to live music.
Start off your New Year right by celebrating with your loved ones in New Orleans. It is the perfect place to drink and dine before your resolutions begin. And if this year’s resolution is to enjoy yourself, then it’s the first step in your quest to have the time of your life!