Let’s face it: the allure of New Orleans is pretty strong. In the famous words often attributed to Tennessee Williams, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Not to knock Cleveland, but The Crescent City does have a unique magnetism, and the steady influx of transplants here is no surprise. There are, however, distinct differences between native New Orleanians and your average Johnny-Come-Live-Here-Lately. Here are the ones that tend to stick out.
Transplants: Think it’s a perfectly lovely idea to take a nice long stroll home through the Treme at 3am.
Natives: It’s Uber-o’clock, because we are not messing around with that.
Transplants: Just “show up” to view a Mardi Gras parade
Natives: Have a game plan in place, involving timing, strategic viewing locations, the precise amount of beer, and, if there are kids involved, definitely a ladder.