History

Jefferson Highway

Before his company created Better Homes & Gardens and other memorable magazines, Edwin T. Meredith covered America’s farms. Almost exactly 100 years ago he was reporting on transportation trends, noting the rise of the automobile and the completion of the…

Soldiers On Parade

  This past Saturday I watched a Veterans Day parade along Harrison Avenue. The crowd clapped politely as troops from the various services marched by. (Even the Boy Scouts got cheers.) Probably no one realized that some of the cross…

This Time Of Year Is A Grave Affair

  “You should celebrate the end of a love affair as they celebrate death in New Orleans, with songs, laughter, dancing and a lot of wine.” —Francoise Sagan   Death may be a solemn affair in other parts of the…

Why All Saints Day Means More In New Orleans

  My hunch on why New Orleanians are so ceremonial about death is that they celebrate life so fervently. We take Ash Wednesday more seriously than in most places because we play so hard the day before, Mardi Gras. Jazz…

Spirits of Louisiana

  There’s so much to love about the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge despite that Mark Twain once called it “pathetic." The castle-like structure sits on a hill facing the Mississippi River in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge,…

The Ghost of City Park

  Long before there was a Scream Park on City Park’s Scout Island there were other apparitions that haunted the oaks. There was, for example, a story of love gone wrong. One version of the saga is that a wealthy…

Carling Dinkler: How tourism got started in New Orleans

Carling Dinkler is founder of Custom Conventions Destination Solutions, a New Orleans-based Destination Management Company. Dinkler’s company provides tourists and conventioneers with turnkey packages that offer visitors a broad range of New Orleans’ experiences. Dinkler’s enduring success is the result…

A War's Last Act: 73 Years Ago Next Week

  Except for the few people gathered around him, there seemed nothing special about the old man seated at a table in the cavernous Morial Convention Hall. To those who bothered to ask him questions, he gave the answers that he…

The Reign From Spain: Thoughts On The Monarchy

To all of you anti-monarchist commenters out there please chill, this one time. Last week s visit to New Orleans by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, real reigning monarchs, presented probably the only chance I will ever…

Home Plate: What New Orleans Gave To Baseball

  At one time, the Triple-A baseball team formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs was a farm club of the Houston Astros. When an announcement of the affiliation was first made, a joke around town was that the local…

A Different Easter Date: The Cause Continues

In 2016, Justin Portal Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and, as such, the head of the Anglican church, predicted Easter will soon be standardized between the Christian religions. "We had warned the government that this was coming up. I would…

celebrate new orleans

With 300 years of history, the Big Easy offers something for everyone during her birthday year

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Louisiana Postcard Collection, Mss. 3645, 3754, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.   Dear Julia, Can you or Poydras explain how the Chinese resturant on Veterans next to the old Roy Rogers came to have…

Snowball Men

How George Ortolano and Ernest Hansen Created an Industry

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, There is an endangered and bedraggled building that recently caught my eye on St. Bernard Avenue near Rocheblave. It has a vaguely Chinese look but its original lines are obscured by later additions, graffiti and the wire fencing…

Ash Wednesday

ARTHUR NEAD Illustration   I once worked in an office where on the day after Mardi Gras I noticed the two girls at the front desk each had made ashen crosses on the others’ forehead. At first I thought it…