New Orleans is a city that knows how to celebrate!  The city’s reputation for decadence is legendary, and you don’t have to wait for Mardi Gras to party in the streets.  You’ll also find wonderful jazz, amazing food and intriguing museums. Ride a streetcar, visit a casino or just spend time strolling through the French Quarter - a weekend in New Orleans offers limitless possibilities.

New Orleans is my home town and although what the previous contributor wrote is all true.  The New Orleans I love is not about partying, but the charm of its architecture and the diversity of our citizens.  Right now the flooding has some of our neighborhoods on their knees.  The bad news is that areas like the Lake Front, Mid City and the lower 9th ward will probably not be the same for years, if ever.  The good news is that older portions of the city are alive and recovering fairly well.   Our local paper, The Times Picayune, published a map of the footprint of the city in the 1870’s, it was exactly the areas that did not flood.  So please visit. See the old world charm of the French Quarter and the stately mansions of the Garden District.  Eat at one of the restaurant in my neighborhood of Carrollton like Jacques-imo’s, Ninja or G & B’s Patio.  You might even want to take one of the tours of the flooded areas and when you return home spread the word about how much help we need re-building. 

Post-Katrina New Orleans

New Orleans has the welcome mat out bigger than ever.  We were hit hard, but we're still here.  Mardi Gras hosted over three hundred thousand visitors.  Five hundred thousand attended the Jazz and Heritage Festival!   We are coming back. 

Our economic recovery depends on getting the word out that Katrina did not take our spirit.  It did not take away the great restaurants, nightlife and charm of this unique city.    The historic neighborhoods were virtually untouched by the storm.  The plantation homes were untouched.  Most of our swamps are open for tours.  Our city tours now include a lot of information and sights relative to Katrina.  We need visitors now more than ever.  We want to bring our people home.  We have a lot of homes to build.  We hope that you will help by spending some time in one of the world's greatest cities.  New Orleans.