New Years parties in
New Orleans live up to the partying image of this fabled city on the Mississippi River. The city is such a popular tourist attraction and is known for so many things that the NYE 2012 into 2013 New Years events in New Orleans will be only one part of the year-round party schedule. This is not to diminish New Years Eve in bayou country. It is as fun and crazy as anywhere else in the world and has a decidedly Mardi Gras feel. Many head for the Crescent City Countdown. Though Bourbon Street bars do booming business day and night, official celebrations take place in Jackson Square and as an alternative to the classic ball drop, a nine-foot fleur de lis descends at the Jax Brewery building, after which, fireworks explode over the Mississippi.
One of the biggest New Orleans New Years Eve events is the Street Party in the French Quarter. There is a fireworks display at midnight and all of the clubs and bars in the districts open early and stay open late. As you might imagine a throng of people descend upon the French Quarter to ring in the holiday and take New Years photos of the show. As such, be prepared for congestion. This is the meeting place for one of the largest New Years parties in
New Orleans. Rather than attempting to take a car into the chaos, opt for public transport or a taxi. Besides the many New Years parties in New Orleans that take place in luxury hotels and restaurants, and inside bars and homes, several popular events open to the general public are a great option. The Street Party is one of the best in the city.
For another flavor of the city on the big night head down to Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square for the NOLA New Year’s Eve celebration.
Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is also the site for one of this year’s most festive celebrations. With a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River, the streets will be reminiscent of Mardi Gras: full of street performers, live music, Cajun cuisine.