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New Orleans: A Place Like No Other 

New Orleans, NOLA, N’awlins, The Big Easy, The Crescent City – no matter what you prefer to call this historic and distinctive city, there is clearly something about it that charms tourists and locals alike. With its deep and diverse historical and cultural backgrounds, it’s no surprise that New Orleans lays claim to quite a list of unique attributes and fun facts.

  • Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday.7

  • The game of craps was brought in New Orleans by Bernard de Marigny.8

  • The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872.  Purple represents justice, the green for faith, and the gold for power. 8

  • Each seat in the Superdome is a different color than the one next to it, providing the illusion of a full house even when some are empty. 8

  • Tulane’s school of business is the oldest college of commerce in the U.S. 8

  • The total mileage of New Orleans’s canals both above and below the ground exceeds that of Venice, Italy. 8

  • The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continually operating cathedral in the United States. 8

  • Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. that does not have counties. Instead, its political subdivisions are called parishes.

  • The New Orleans Superdome is the world’s largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts.

  • Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.

  • In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault. 6

  • The Saint Charles streetcar line in New Orleans and the San Francisco, California cable cars are the nation’s only mobile national monuments. 6

  • New Orleans is known to where Voodoo was introduced into the U.S. 6

  • New Orleans has over 20 historic districts, the highest number in the U.S., according to the National Register. 6

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records New Orleans is home to the longest continuous bridge in the world– the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. 6

  • New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music.

  • The first opera in the United States was performed in the 1790s in New Orleans. 6

  • New Orleans is the birthplace of Louis Armstrong, Truman Capote, Reese Whiterspoon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lil Wayne.

  • Because of its sea-level location, 90% of burials in New Orleans cemeteries are located in aboveground tombs. 8