Straddling across the Mississippi River sits the city of New Orleans. The city is considered as one of the major ports in the United States and is considered the largest city in the state of Louisiana. Situated on the southeastern region of Louisiana, the city was named after Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, Regent of France.
As one of the oldest cities in the United States, it comes as no surprise that the city of New Orleans is known for its rich multicultural and multilingual heritage. The city is also known as the birthplace of jazz music. Locals and tourists alike can catch some of the up and coming jazz bands and performers at local bars dotted all over the city.
New Orleans is one of the top ten tourist destinations visited by travelers in the United States. Each year, about 10 million travelers come and visit the city of New Orleans, especially during the Mardi Gras festival, which is one of the most popular festivals observed in the country. Held during the Twelfth Night and lasting all through Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras festival features a vibrant display of color and music. At least one major parade is held each day during the entire festival which is closely followed by a masquerade ball held during the evening. Traditionally, the Mardi Gras celebration was held during the winter time and considered as a major social event, which is highlighted by the celebration of the debutants belonging to the upper social class living during this time.