How does a city go about celebrating a 300-year birthday? Well, when that city is New Orleans, it’s with a year-long party! No matter when you visit during the year, you’ll find events to honor one of the country’s oldest and most treasured cities.
The New Orleans Tricentennial is a celebration of our rich history, diversity, and culture and a testament to the perseverance shown through tougher times. Head down to Jackson Square and you’ll be standing in the heart of the original city, which was ruled by the French until 1763 when the Spanish took over. France regained control briefly before selling New Orleans to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. During the 1800’s NOLA grew to be the wealthiest city in the country, a booming port with 170,000 residents. The 20th Century brought a new kind of fame as jazz was born and swept the nation.
Now it’s time to celebrate! Tricentennial festivities begin this first week in January, with a big King’s Day party and fireworks. Other January events include a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday block party, a restaging of an opera last performed in 1894, and a special exhibition at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Check out the Tricentennial website to stay updated on the year’s events, including more specifics about the ones listed here.
January 6, 2018
.King’s Day Celebration and Fireworks. This kick-off to our Tricentennial and Mardi Gras season will be highlighted by fireworks on the river at 9:00 p.m.
January 7, 2018
Tricentennial Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. The Mass, arranged by the Diocese of New Orleans, will be at 11:00 a.m.
January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration. The day begins with a ceremony at the historic Al Davis Park, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; followed by a block party on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 25 – 28, 2018
Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera. The McIlhenny Company, makers of TABASCO® Sauce, are celebrating the Tricentennial and the 150 anniversary of the company by sponsoring this spicy opera. Last performed in 1894, the performance will be produced by New Orleans Opera Association at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré.
February 27 – May 27, 2018
New Orleans, the Founding Era. This Historic New Orleans Collection free exhibit will be a multifaceted exploration of New Orleans’ early years and inhabitants.
These are just a few of the early-scheduled events. More venues—large and small—will be joining in the celebration throughout the year. Plan to come and join in the party. After all, it’s once in 300 years!
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