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New Orleans Tricentennial
Celebrating 300 Years in 2018

2018 marks the city of New Orleans’ 300th Anniversary and a time full of celebrations of our rich history, unique traditions and diverse culture. The Tricentennial will be a time to reflect on our past, embrace the wonderful, hospitable city that we have become, look forward to our exciting future ahead.

Continue to check back with us for everything 2018 has to offer. With events, projects and celebrations galore, the Tricentennial is the ideal year to visit New Orleans. Be sure to visit 2018nola.com for details, too!

A Brief History

1718 marks the year Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville founded New Orleans near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Jackson Square was the Place d’Armes, the center point of the city. The French Quarter soon followed, populated with colonists.

The French ruled the city until 1763, when it was taken over by the Spanish. The French regained their control in 1803, before selling it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. Much of the French and Spanish culture and architecture is very relevant to the city today.

The city of New Orleans has been through and overcome so many hurdles – such as the devastating Hurricane Katrina and levee failure in 2005. The city rebuilt as it has always done, and brought the community together to make the city better than ever. Now as 2018 approaches, both locals and visitors can take this opportunity to acknowledge the resilience, rich culture, and diversity of our one-of-a-kind city.

For more information about the history of New Orleans and how the Tricentennial will reflect upon it, visit the Tricentennial's official website or check out resources like The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Special Projects

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the cities historic buildings, parks and roads were rebuilt and restored. Throughout the Tricentennial year, more renovations and improvements will undergo to make the city more successful in the next 300 years.

Gallier Hall
The Historic Gallier Hall is undergoing full-scale restoration and preservation as the legacy project of the Tricentennial. The renovations will preserve the landmark and allow for better use in centuries to come.

Louis Armstrong International Airport
Louis Armstrong International Airport is undergo construction – adding a new North Terminal with over 650,000 sq. ft., two concourses, 30 gates and local vendors.

Other City Improvements
With major efforts to repair citywide roads, Bourbon Street is undergoing an upgrade. The most carousing street in the city has not been upgraded since 1928. The street is currently replacing existing drain and water lines, sewer lines, gas pipes and electrical conduits. The street will be resurfaced with concrete, making it a pedestrian only corridor.

The streetcar routes have been increased with the Rampart and St. Claude line and the Loyola Avenue line. Public transportation continues to be an important focus to the city.

The Lafitte Greenway bicycle and pedestrian trail and park stretches 2.6 miles from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. The conversion of an industrial railway into a recreational space connects neighborhoods, encourages outdoor activity, improves cyclist’s paths and features storm water retentions.

The New Orleans Riverfront has also been restored to become a lovely public urban green space. Visitors and locals can walk in Crescent Park, a stretch along the river that connects the Bywater neighborhood to the French Market. Not only has this restoration of the riverfront provided another beautiful space for people (and pets!) to enjoy and engage the community within, but the park provides incredible views of the downtown New Orleans skyline.

In the past 2 years, five remodeled recreation centers opened around the city. The centers feature computers, wi-fi and new programs such as robotics and Chevron Future Leaders program. The centers are encouraging places for the city’s youth to learn and grow.

Events

In honor of the Tricentennial, there will be a variety of events unique to 2018 and annual events will be bigger than ever! The celebration will kick off with Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Official Countdown. To check out the events planned for the year so far, visit 2018nola.com/events and our year-at-a-glance calendar for annual celebrations.

Merchandise

Support the New Orleans Tricentennial and show off your pride by purchasing some of the exclusive 2018 merchandise. From flags and license plates to Mignon Faget jewelry and Harley London cufflinks, 2018nola.com/merchandise is your place to shop.

For updates and information about the New Orleans Tricentennial, stay tuned to 2018nola.com.

 
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