New Orleans is full of parties, and we all know you never really need another reason to party in this city. But this year, we’re celebrating 300 years of this town’s existence — and what better way to start off the year than a Carnival-themed celebration? January 6 marks the beginning of Carnival season each year, and this Saturday, there will be two parades: Joan of Arc at 6 p.m., and Phunny Phorty Phellows at 7:00 p.m. You’ll also see Mardi Gras-themed fireworks on the river, beginning at 9 p.m. On Sunday, an opening mass will be held at St. Louis Cathedral for 11 a.m.
There’s quite a bit more to celebrate than the city’s birthday, though. In fact, the city has a few big upcoming projects that will help improve infrastructure and communities in the city and surrounding areas. A new Four Seasons Hotel will replace the World Trade Center on Canal Street. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is undergoing renovations to expand the North Terminal, expected to open February 2019, which will help business and recreational travel. And even if you haven’t been to too many places in New Orleans, surely you’ve been to Bourbon Street. Reconstruction on Bourbon will include improved drain and water lines, sewer lines, gas pipes, and a new concrete surface.
Although May 1718 is when New Orleans was actually established, there will be tricentennial celebrations up to and past Carnival season. A few include Solidary & Solitary, an African American art exhibit regarding black culture and struggle; The Church in the Crescent, an exhibit exploring Catholicism in New Orleans; Women of New Orleans, a composition of events that honor women who were instrumental in New Orleans’s development and history; Prospect 4, an event showcasing contemporary art all around the city; and a celebration program and community block party honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The list goes on, so visit 2018nola.com for more information.