5 Things to Know About New Orleans
Sylvain Grandadam

New Orleans is a unique city unlike no other. If you haven’t yet booked your trip to the ESSENCE Festival, check out just a few reasons why you’ll want to squeeze in time to explore the Big Easy aside from the lineup of concerts and seminars.

Culture to the Max
New Orleans is infused with influences from Africa, the Carribean and even Europe. Traveling throughout the city, you’ll notice diversity in everything from the food to the music.

Fauborg Tremé
Did you know that Fauborg Tremé, which is just outside New Orleans’ French Quarter, is considered the oldest Black neighborhood in America as well as the origin of the Civil Rights Movement and the birthplace of jazz music?

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Notice the Architecture
New Orleans is heaven for any design lover. From Creole cottages to Shotgun-style homes, there are so many different architectural styles to love.

Louisiana’s Natural Resources
New Orleans’ economy is not only tied to tourism. Its cargo activity at its busy port, fishing, and its role in petroleum development are also crucial to the city.

New Orleans is the perfect city to visit with your family. Whether it’s attending the ESSENCE Festival’s free Family Reunion Day event taking place at the Woldenberg Park on Thursday, July 4, from 11 – 6 p.m. CST or exploring the many museums and other attractions in New Orleans, there’s more than enough to keep families occupied.