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Mardi Gras Carnival

Mardi Gras and Carnival have long been the marquee events in New Orleans, dating back to the first parade in 1827. Attracting thousands of people each year, the festivities trace their origins to the French (Mardi Gras being a bastardization of the French for "Fat Tuesday"). Carnival takes place in the early weeks of the season, signaled in with Bacchus-level balls that are invitation-only and serve to celebrate each krewe (private club) and the new debutantes. The final weeks lead up to Mardi Gras and feature the familiar street parades.
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New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA)

Created in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) originally had only nine pieces on display. Today, it houses over 40,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other objects. NOMA is well known for its collections of French, Japanese, African, and American art, photography, and glass. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a phenomenal five-acre attraction that has some of America's most important and treasured sculptural pieces. The collection is outside under a canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss.
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Canal Street

The legendary Canal Street is often referred to as New Orleans' "Main Street." Utilized as the point of origin for any tour of the Crescent City, scenic and historic sights are never far away. Many of the street's historic buildings are now home to up-scale hotels like the Ritz Carlton, and the Shops at Canal Place feature household brand names. Canal Street hosts parades during Mardi Gras and puts on stunning lighting displays during Christmas, making it a primary destination for many travelers.
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The National WWII Museum

Ordained as America’s National WWII Museum by Congress, the Museum is a must-see for locals, visitors, and citizens in general. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion displays artifacts of the war and D-Day, Home Front and the Pacific Theater. Watch Tom Hanks' exclusive production "Beyond All Boundaries" in the 4-D Solomon Victory Theater. The Stage Door Canteen glistens with music and entertainment of the era, and the American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop provide dining by Chef John Besh.
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Audubon Aquarium Of The Americas

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is adjacent to the French Quarter, right on the Mississippi River, which adds to the Aquarium's intrinsically inspiring aura. It displays, among other things, a vibrant world of Caribbean coral reef with a walk-through tunnel, sea otters and penguins engaging in play, and a 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit which allows you to visit the gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays. Guests are even encouraged to feed the parakeets, and get up close and personal with a sting ray.
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