5. The festivals
Nearly every weekend in New Orleans brings a new celebration. Seafood, Creole gumbo, art, oysters, tomatoes, Greek culture, literature, po-boys, film, the fact it's Thursday, you name it, we’ll celebrate it. It’s always a party down here, and that’s the way we like it. Ever had someone cheerfully toss cabbages and potatoes to you from a parade float? Visit NOLA for St. Paddy’s Day. Want to cross-dress in all red for a charity run or enjoy an entire weekend of world-class burlesque? Want to experience a “running of the bulls,” where the “bulls” are actually roller derby girls? NOLA has that too.