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The Atlas Obscura Guide To New Orleans
102 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in New Orleans, Louisiana
Updated February 22, 2024
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A Music Lover’s Guide to New Orleans
Perched at the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans has been a crossroads of cultures since its first indigenous inhabitants. Just over a century ago, the interplay of West African, European, and Caribbean influences in the Crescent City forged the signature sound of American jazz. Today, thanks to the culture bearers who have passed this musical tradition down over generations, you can still hear what those jazz geniuses were cooking up. What’s more, music infuses every part of life in New Orleans, from football games to funeral processions, parades to public parks. Here are 10 places to immerse yourself in the rich landscape of New Orleans’ musical scene.
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Strange Tombs and Cemeteries in New Orleans
The most unusual final resting places in the Big Easy's "Cities of the Dead."
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