The first sign that you are a tourist in New Orleans is if you pronounce it as N’awlins. Locals actually pronounce the city name as New Awlins. That would totally be me, though I will try not to make that mistake on my next visit. 😉
I do not know a lot about Louisiana other than the French Quarter and the Art’s District in New Orleans. I am pretty much all about the food and art. I like both to be bold and colorful. And the food spicy and hot! This great city does not disappoint in either of those areas. Next time, I’d like to see more of the Garden District and Algiers. You will not find me at Mardi Gras as I tend to shy away from large crowds of drunk people. That’s just me.
Some interesting facts about Louisiana:
- The world famous “Mardi Gras” is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.
- The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had ended and more than a month before the news of the war’s end had reached Louisiana.
- Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.
- Baton Rouge hosted the 1983 Special Olympics International Summer Games at LSU.
- Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.
- Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
- Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the King of England.
- The Superdome in New Orleans is the worlds largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts. Height: 273 feet (82.3 meters), Diameter of Dome: 680 feet (210 meters), Area of Roof: 9.7 acres, Interior Space: 125,000,000 cubic feet, Total floor footage: 269,000 sq. ft. (82,342 sq. meters), Electrical Wiring: 400 miles (640 kilometers)
- Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway. The causeway connects Metairie with St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore. The causeway is 24 miles long.
- Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.