New Orleans, famous for the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812,
is the largest city and metropolitan area in the US state of Louisiana and
a major port in the country. The city is a hotbed of French and Spanish
Creole architecture and gastronomic arts and is also the birthplace of Jazz
music. New Orleans is known for its annual celebrations of Mardi Gras
festival. For those interested in the city’s architecture, New Orleans
boasts a large number of shotgun and the bungalow style houses in addition
to Creole cottages and American townhouses.
Things to do in New Orleans
Mardi Gras celebrations
The holiday of Mardi Gras is a yearly, two-week-long celebration in New
Orleans. The celebrations run two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday,
the day before Ash Wednesday and organize one major parade every day. The
finest of these parades is reserved for last 5 days as the city is absorbed
in masquerade balls.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Also named as Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a
popular daytime music event celebrated between the last weekend of April
and first weekend of May. This festival features music performances of
several other music genres too but is particularly focused on Jazz music.
Jackson Square is a beautiful historic park in the French Quarter of New
Orleans. It is imprinted in the history of the US since it is where
Louisiana was inherited to the country’s map after the Louisiana Purchase
in 1803. The northern side of this square features three 18th-century
colonial-era buildings, none more well-known than the St. Louis Cathedral
that was designated as a minor Basilica by Pope Paul VI.
Best Time to Visit New Orleans
Best time to book flights from Cleveland to New Orleans is in the months of
February to May. It is the season when tourists can have a great time
enjoying the city’s Mardi Gras festival. One can book flights from CLE to
MSY during summers to enjoy famous cultural events like Tennessee
Williams/Literary Festival, French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Festival.