Twelve Fun Facts About New Orleans!

New Orleans  is a major United States port. (credit: Getty  Images)
New Orleans is a major United States port. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. (credit: Getty Images)
Did you know that New Orleans is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France? (credit: Getty Images)
Did you know that New Orleans is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France? (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. (credit: Getty Images)
La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded May 7, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company, under the leadership and direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. (credit: Getty Images)
La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded May 7, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company, under the leadership and direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. (credit: Getty Images)
In 2005, New Orleans was catastrophically affected by what many deemed one of if not the worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. (credit: Getty Images)
In 2005, New Orleans was catastrophically affected by what many deemed one of if not the worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. (credit: Getty Images)
The population of New Orleans was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. (credit: Getty Images)
The population of New Orleans was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans will host the Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, February 3 the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans will host the Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, February 3 the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (credit: Getty Images)
Known for Mardi Gras, the French Quarter and other attractions, New Orleans continues to bring rich culture to many who visit! (credit: Getty Images)
Known for Mardi Gras, the French Quarter and other attractions, New Orleans continues to bring rich culture to many who visit! (credit: Getty Images)
Did you know that the first Mardi Gras parade took place on Shrove Tuesday 1838 in New Orleans? (credit: Getty Images)
Did you know that the first Mardi Gras parade took place on Shrove Tuesday 1838 in New Orleans? (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, which still reigns supreme in the city to this day. (credit: Getty Images)
New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, which still reigns supreme in the city to this day. (credit: Getty Images)
Poker was invented in New Orleans in the 1700s! (credit: Getty Images)
Poker was invented in New Orleans in the 1700s! (credit: Getty Images)
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