The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, giving back to those around us and reflecting on the things we're most thankful for in our lives. All across the globe as people gather around their tables and prepare to give thanks, New Orleanians have a number of uniquely NOLA things to be thankful for. Here’s a list of some of the things we’re most thankful for in the Crescent City.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

New Orleanian Cuisine

It comes as no surprise that New Orleans cuisine is some of the tastiest and most sought after around the world. Delicacies such as fresh crawfish and seafood, hot gumbo, overstuffed po-boys, ice cold snowballs and beignets powdered to perfection make a kitchen full of thankfulness!

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Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Year-Round Festivals

In New Orleans, regular weekends transform into three-day festivities on a monthly basis. We are thankful to be in a city that finds just about any and every reason to celebrate. Food, music, art, history and even seasons - there’s a festival for just about everything in the Crescent City. Southern Decadence, Bayou Bacchanal, Carnaval Latino and Algiers Fest are just a few of the many unique and niche fests here in New Orleans. Explore more here.

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photo courtesy of Henry Howard Hotel

Unmatched Hospitality & Southern Charm

Lodging in New Orleans isn’t your typical stay. The city’s Southern Charm and uniquely New Orleans hospitality makes every visit feel like a home away from home. Accommodations such as The Moor, Inn at the Old Jail, the Henry Howard and Catahoula Hotel have a way of making guests feel like family and friends rather than customers and reservations.

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Justen Williams, NOTMC

Living History of the City

This history of New Orleans is one filled with trailblazing contributions of diverse groups and individuals. We’re thankful to be in a city with a rich legacy and heritage, and even more thankful for the tour guides, artists, historians and museums curators who preserve and tell the history of the city. Centers, museums and galleries such as The Backstreet Cultural Museum, The Cabildo, Axiom Art Gallery, Deutsches Haus, the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, Le Musee de f.p.c. and much more continue to share the stories that make up New Orleans. For a full list of historic homes, museums, galleries or other attractions, visit here.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

NOLA Neighborhoods

From Uptown to Downtown, Central City to Mid-City and Treme to Algiers - nobody does neighborhoods quite like New Orleans. There’s something new around every corner and something special along every street. We’re thankful for neighborhoods that tell stories and people who bring them to life!

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Justen Williams, NOTMC

Unique Culture

New Orleans has a one of a kind culture that just can’t be duplicated. From Mardi Gras Indians to Second Line Parades there are several characteristics about the city that can’t be found elsewhere. Experience the culture through creative arts by booking a Sip & Sew session or mixing your very New Orleans original cocktail at the New Orleans Drink Lab.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Daily Live Music

New Orleans is a stomping grounds for live music! During any day of the week and throughout any part of the city, you’re likely to hear the sounds of live music in your eardrum. How many other cities can say that? Frenchmen Street is always a good go-to for live music but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path with a truly authentic New Orleans feel stop by Prime Example Jazz Club. This Seventh Ward gem is a hangout New Orleanians are truly thankful for.

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Cheryl Gerber, NOTMC

New Orleans Saints

Two words: WHO DAT?! We’re thankful for players that give their all, die-hard fans for continued support and pride, and of course, Saints Sundays meant for game day apparel and extreme tailgating! For a full list of home games, visit here.

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Ashley Lorraine, NOTMC

Endless Istagrammable Scenery

We’re thankful that we can always “Do it for the Gram,” here in the Crescent City. Historic homes, local artists murals and breathtaking views make posting on Instagram as easy as can be. Jackson Square, Studio Be, Cafe du Monde, Crescent Park, the Sculpture Garden and the St. Charles Streetcar are just a few spots that make the perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo-op. Your followers will be thankful too.

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Zack Smith, NOTMC

Mardi Gras

Everywhere else, Tuesdays are ordinary but here in New Orleans, we own Tuesdays! And our favorite Tuesday of them all is Fat Tuesday! We’re thankful for the parades, the throws, the King Cakes and celebrations that come with Mardi Gras in New Orleans!