There’s no doubt about it: the people of New Orleans are very creative and know how to ‘let the good times roll.’ In fact, Mardi Gras was canceled during the pandemic of 1918, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from decorating their homes. In addition to a traditional parade, house floats were built, decorated by thousands of volunteers and local artists. Whether you are looking for a unique art form or simply want to experience New Orleans culture, you can’t go wrong in the French Quarter.
The city was originally located on the Mississippi River, but as it grew, it spread beyond its original location. The saucer-shaped land of the city makes it particularly vulnerable to flooding, and the average annual rainfall is 1,448 mm. This meant that the city always needed a levee system to protect itself from flooding but in 2005 Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed the levees and caused four-fifths of the city to flood.
The French Quarter is home to a number of notable landmarks, including the famous Lafayette Pharmacy. This old pharmacy is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of its deceased patients. The second owner of the Lafayette Pharmacy was the evil Dr. Joseph Dupas. Today, the Lafayette Pharmacy is a popular location for both haunted tours of the French Quarter and the Escape Game, which involve a team of players trying to solve intricate puzzles in one hour.