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Facts about New Orleans

The St. Charles streetcars have been running for more than 165 years and go 13 miles from Canal Street to the Garden District, past Tulane University. The Garden District contains many antebellum mansions and historical homes.

New Orleans has more than 35,000 buildings in the National Register of Historic Places, the highest number in the country. Two of the most famous are the Cabildo and The Presbytere, next to St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. The Cabildo is the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803, while The Presbytere has a large permanent exhibition on “Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana”.

Among the many historical museums in the city is the National World War II Museum.

The Louisiana Superdome was opened in 1976 and rebuilt in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina at a cost of $193 million. The Superdome has hosted more National Football League Super Bowls (6) than any other stadium. It also holds the record for the largest indoor concert; 87,500 fans saw the Rolling Stones play there in 1981.

Archie Manning, father of Peyton and Eli, quarterbacked the New Orleans Saints for 10 years but never had a winning season. He still lives in the Garden District and is an iconic figure in the city.

Beignets are a dough pastry deep fried and covered with powdered sugar. They can be found at the Café Du Monde on Jackson Square and at the Riverwalk near the Convention Center. Beignets are often served with coffee made from ground chicory beans.

Gumbo is a Creole dish made from seafood, chicken, or sausage with bell peppers, rice, celery, and onions. Its name comes from the African word for okra, which is one of the vegetables used in the mix.

The muffuletta and po’ boy are two kinds of sandwiches native to New Orleans. Muffulettas have been served at Central Grocery in the French Quarter for over a hundred years.

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