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Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

My Big Milestone Birthday With Beyoncé

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

Beyoncé and I share a birthday. On September 4, one of us will be 50 years old. By reading that sentence out loud, it marks the first time I acknowledge what I've been silently obsessing about for the better part of a year. I'm actually turning 50. In countless ways, that fact seems impossible to me.

Travel Buff Andrew McCarthy Gets A Taste of New Orleans

Nadine Cheung | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

New Orleans is a vibrant town known for its music, entertainment and food, and travel expert Andrew McCarthy knows exactly where to experience it all....

New Orleans Saint Patrick's Day(s)!!

Kenny Klein | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Most cities celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in the usual way: a parade, green beer, and the belief that everyone can enjoy the privilege of being Irish for one day. But here in New Orleans, we don't just have a parade: we have four parades!

Mardi Gras 2014: Soggy Fun in the Marigny!

Kenny Klein | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Every year I play a little game with myself on Mardi Gras. I dare myself to last ten minutes on Bourbon Street. Just ten minutes...

Chewbacchus Mardi Gras Parade Awesomeness!

Kenny Klein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Because I have a girfriend who is a krewe co-captain, and several geek friends who are captains, parade mistresses and ChewbacchanAliens, I have the privilege of being involved in watching various aspects of planning and executing this awesome parade.

10 Places Every American Should See

Budget Travel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for domestic destinations every citizen should visit -- from pop culture icons to patriotic landmarks.

New Orleans: The Day The Music (Nearly) Died

Kenny Klein | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Kenny Klein

Just before the holidays, word got out among musicians that the city council was voting on a new noise ordinance. This ordinance would severely limit the amount of sound a band could make while performing on the streets or in a club.

New Orleans Street Music

Kenny Klein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Kenny Klein

I think it's fair to say that among the top reasons people visit New Orleans, setting aside food, booze and certain anatomical parts of women that also begin with B, is our music. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and blues, and our heritage as a music city is strong.

Resonance: What Really Does Happen When You Revisit Memorable Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Each place we travel to have different levels of resonance -- embraceable at different stages of life, unique to each individual, and in our own turn. What place has resonated with you recently?

Where to Enjoy A Cajun Winter

iLoveInns | Posted 01.26.2013 | Travel
iLoveInns

New Orleans is known for being a fun-filled city, but imagine visiting during an especially energy-charged event. Join the crowd in the French Quarter...

Spirited Renovation for W New Orleans French Quarter

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 12.02.2012 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

When W New Orleans French Quarter hotel first revealed its redesigned Marie Laveau themed room, hospitality staff entering to clean the room saw the g...

PHOTOS: UFO Over New Orleans Moved 'As Fast As Lightning'

Lee Speigel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Weird News

A man was strolling through the French Quarter of New Orleans when something in the sky caught his attention long enough for him to take a picture of ...

Ready for Mardi Gras? Galactic Drops Carnivale Electricos, and Stanton Moore Talks About It

Sal Nunziato | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Sal Nunziato

It seemed inevitable, but we finally have New Orleans premier band celebrating Mardi Gras on a new record.

Festive us! Holidays at New Orleans French Quarter Hotels

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 02.06.2012 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

New Orleans has long been a top holiday travel destination, and a key element of return visits are the only in New Orleans traditions in French Quarte...

New Orleans Police Chief's Best May Not Be Good Enough

James Perry | Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime
James Perry

Something must be done, but we need more than just random action, we need real results. The long-term key to making New Orleans safe lies in addressing root causes of crime.

16 Shot, 2 Fatally, On Halloween In New Orleans

AP | By MARY FOSTER | Posted 01.01.2012 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS -- Sixteen people were shot and at least two killed in a bloody Halloween in New Orleans that included gunfire on Bourbon Street, the tour...

Heading To The Big Easy? Read Our Guide To Family Vacations In New Orleans

The Huffington Post | Nikol Purvis | Posted 10.18.2011 | Travel

Family vacations in New Orleans can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pretrip homework. To make planning easier, w...

Record High Mardi Gras Crowds in New Orleans (PHOTOS)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"Down in New Orleans where the blues was born, it takes a cool cat to blow a horn" - Mardi Gras Mambo. Mardi Gras season is in high gear in the City o...

Raiding the Closet

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Deily-Swearingen

Seems the closet isn't just for homosexuals who fear societal and familial disapproval anymore. It's also for hypocrites who don't want to lose their soap boxes and megaphones.

Shop Like an Egyptian: Interview With Owner of Pharaoh's Cave in NOLA

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Khaled Hegazzi of Alexandria, Egypt, proprietor of Pharaoh's Cave retail shop in New Orleans' French Quarter, has cause for celebration as crowds in E...

New Orleans: Fido-Friendly Fun

Christine Buckley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Buckley

Road tripping with your dog is at the same time rewarding, comforting and challenging. But when I decided to explore New Orleans with my dog, I questioned my sanity.

24 Hours in New Orleans: Beyond Bourbon Street

Melanie Nayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Melanie Nayer

You can hear the music immediately upon turning onto Canal Street. Sounds of trombones and French horns, acoustic guitars and bottle-capped tap shoes float their way down the streets of the French Quarter.

The Dichotomy of Haiti: Hell Meets, well, Heaven

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There is a fundamental dichotomy in Haiti between Heaven and Hell. I chose to embrace its heaven while trying to eradicate its hell.

Essential Tourist Traps, Part Five: Jazz National Park, New Orleans

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eric Lurio

In 1987, Congress declared jazz "a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support, and resources." Harmless enough, but how exactly does that turn into a misbegotten National Park?