How can a city that throws the best parties on the planet possibly outdo itself to celebrate its own 300th Birthday?

New Orleans turns 300 in 2018. Founded by the French, who claimed a swampy stretch along the mouth of the Mississippi River as Nouvelle-Orleans. Explorer Jean-Baptiste de Bienville had hoped New Orleans would be a shining colonial jewel in the French crown, turned out to be a haven of flooding, disease, hurricanes and unrest. Given back and forth between the French and the Spanish, New Orleans was then dumped by Napoleon in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

To say this was their loss is the understatement of three centuries. A hybrid of European, Caribbean and African ethnicities, New Orleans became a hotbed of cultural innovation, making monumental contributions to America and the world. Some of these contributions include, American jazz, Creole cuisine, gospel music, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and neighborhood traditions such as second-line parades and the spectacular display of Mardi Gras Indians.

With all this activity and excitement, the pass 300 years have not been an easy road for the city of New Orleans. Disasters have struck with trials by fire and flood that honed a city reborn, resilient, surviving and thriving. Last year alone, some 10.45 million visitors ate, drank, shopped, danced and partied in New Orleans, finally surpassing pre-Katrina numbers. The mayor predicts that close to 14 million visitors will celebrate and visit in 2018.

If you are planning to be one of them, you can enjoy some special birthday events going on, but really, this citywide event is more about incorporating the 300th birthday theme into the already existing spectacle of events that make New Orleans what it is.

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