N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater - Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest 2017
N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater - Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest 2017
N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater - Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest 2017
Carnaval Latino
Carnaval Latino
Carnaval Latino

Multicultural New Orleans

The many places and people who helped create New Orleans

Many cultures made New Orleans: Cajun and Creole. French and Spanish. German. Latino, Irish and African. Along the river, in the streets, on the porches and under the eaves, newcomers settling in the Crescent City built upon their own native traditions to fashion the distinctive and elaborate culture the entire world knows as New Orleans. Whether it’s the accent, the food, the music or the architecture, this city is one of the most unique in the world thanks to the contributions made by the people who built it. Discover more about the cultures that created modern New Orleans.

  • There are pocket museums dedicated to saluting these cultural and ethnic treasures all around town, casting a light on the transformative powers that came together to form New Orleans, America’s... Read More
  • Celebrating New Orleans culture is always done accompanied by food, music and art. And the diversity that has made New Orleans the vibrant, magnetic place that it is sets the stage for a kaleidoscope... Read More
  • With new direct flights to Europe and South America lining up on the tarmac, New Orleans is seeing a growing number of foreign visitors speaking a host of languages beyond English. And really... Read More
  • Informed by centuries of Technicolor culture and a simmering stew of ethnicities, New Orleans speak is as individual as the city that inspires it.  Read More
  • Let the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau assist with your Family Reunion by completing the Free Hotel Assistance Form. Read More
Multicultural Traditions
  • Colorful costumes, lively dancing and joyful music fill the streets of New Orleans when the Mardi Gras Indians parade. Read More
  • The jazz funeral celebrates life and mourns death. New Orleanians use music as a way to "cut loose" and help heal.  Read More
  • Second lining has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body.” At one time, second line parades were mostly associated with social aid and... Read More
  • Enslaved West African brought Voodoo to New Orleans, where it mixed with Catholic rituals and gained popularity among Haitian followers.  Read More
Multicultural History
  • African American culture has made New Orleans the authentic city it is today: Mardi Gras Indians, the Krewe of Zulu, Second Lines, the birth of Jazz, Voodoo, Congo Square and more! Read More
  • Cajun influence is seen throughout Louisiana: the famous seasonings of Chef Paul Prudhomme, crawfish boils, Cajun and Zydeco music at the Fais Do Do stage at Jazz Fest and more! Read More
  • Creoles popularized the dice game craps, brought the Creole cottages and shotgun houses of the Marigny, and built the creole cuisine of restaurants on Frenchmen Street. Read More
  • French culture has always influenced New Orleans traditions; the French Catholics brought Mardi Gras, Catholic schools and jazz funerals. Learn about other French influence, here! Read More

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