Red beans and rice on Monday. Jazz funerals. Baby Dolls and debutante balls. New Orleans is a city of habits that over the centuries have evolved into venerable traditions. Such things start small: a brass band jam beneath a Claiborne Avenue overpass, an irreverent Carnival krewe inspired by Star Wars, a Poland Avenue gathering spot that goes from good idea to iconic Sunday night. How ever a New Orleans tradition is born, once established, it becomes cherished – a thing to dote upon and defend. Discover some of New Orleans oldest and newest rituals here.