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Tri NOLA: 125 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday.

125. Giving props to Pops while strolling Armstrong Park

124. Giving in to Mother Nature and dancing during downpours at Jazzfest

123. Carriage tour drivers who dress to match their colorful coaches

122. The white-tiled walls and overstuffed oyster loaf sandwiches at Casamento’s

121. Discovering unsung talent in one of the city’s many music clubs

120. Tracking a trail of powdered sugar down North Peters Street to its point of origin, Café Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde New Orleans
Beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde is a New Orleans rite of passage. (©Zack Smith/NOCVB)

119. The Mississippi-meets-Mekong mural at Maypop, a nod to the city’s cross-cultural cuisine

118. Suiting up in seersucker at Perlis

117. Getting hopped up on Grasshopper cocktails at Tujague’s, where the minty cocktail originated

116. Creating French Quarter ambiance in our own backyards with gas lamps from Bevolo

115. City Park’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, a salute to the city’s most prolific public artist

Enrique Alferez Scupture Garden New Orleans City Park
From 1929 until his death in 1999, artist Alférez created doazens of Art Deco-inspired artworks around the city. (©Shawn Fink)

114. The Holy Cross neighborhood’s twin “steamboat houses”

113. The undulating oaks lining St. Charles Avenue

112. The Audubon Zoo’s annual Mother’s Day concert, featuring “the Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Grammy winner Irma Thomas

111. Revisiting Bourbon Street’s 1950s heyday with the naughty-but-nice Burlesque Ballroom revue at the Jazz Playhouse

110. The Abita Mystery House—the mad, mad, mad, mad world of artist John Preble

Preble's playhouse is populated by more than 50,000 found objects. (©Lisa Walton)

109. The Historic New Orleans Collection’s “New Orleans, the Founding Era” exhibit

108. Artist and educator Richard Thomas, celebrating 40 years of exhibiting at Jazzfest

107. Shrimp in remoulade sauce at Arnaud’s, currently celebrating a century of Creole fine dining 

106. Sunday jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church

105. Brandi Couvillion’s cuff bracelets, patterned after early maps of the city

Brandi Couvillion jewelry New Orleans
Couvillion's cuffs are found in the gift shop at both the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. (©Brandi Couvillion)

104. Bellying up to the oyster bar at Bourbon House

103. Getting hands-on with history during the National WWII Museum’s White Glove Wednesday tours

102. Getting splashed by the Creole Queen’s massive, churning paddlewheel

101. Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau’s XXX-marked tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the second-most visited grave site in the U.S. (after Elvis, of course)

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 New Orleans
In addtion to Laveau, St. Louis No. 1 also counts the pyramid-shaped tomb of still-living actor Nicolas Cage. (©Shawn Fink)