A Real N'awlins Tour, "Ya Heard Me!"

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On high ground, 100 miles froom the mouth of the Mississippi River, in 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville founded New Orleans. in 1722, a hurricane destroyed the original City which was centered around the Place d’Armes, which is now Jackson Square. It is after these events that the City was rebuit and laid out in a grid pattern to which we now call the French Quarter. Before the The French regained control of the colony in 1803, and shortly thereafter sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase, the French had ruled over the city until 1763 and then they ceded the territory to the Spanish. As the birthplace of early jazz in the 1900s, the twentieth century brought on a new era, notably in music. New Orleans became a cultural beacon throughout the United States as jazz music swept the nation in the next few decades. After World War II, the city became a tourist destination and remains so to this day, drawing millions for events such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras. The earliest reference to Mardi Gras "Carnival" appears in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans. 1872 was the year that a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival, Rex, to preside over the first daytime parade. To honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff's family colors of purple, green and gold as Carnival's official colors. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. This was also the Mardi Gras season that Carnival's improbable anthem, "If Ever I Cease to Love," was cemented, due in part to the Duke's fondness for the tune. 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the "Mardi Gras Act," making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is. (Courtesy "Mardi Gras History", MardiGrasNewOrleans.Com)
New Orleans has become "Hollywood South", as Louisiana tax incentives has inspired film and tv makers to film Louisiana. New Orleans boasts the most diverse portfolio of film and television work in the State of Louisiana, catering to the largest of studio features, smallest of independent projects, and a wide range of television and commercial production. New Orleans has a huge filmography list, having such movies made here such as Big Momma's House 2, Deja Vu, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 12 Rounds, Treme (HBO), The Mechanic, RED, Green Lantern, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2nd Unit), G.I. Joe Retaliation, NCIS: New Orleans, 12 Years A Slave, Ender's Game, Top Chef Season 11, and many, many more. (See http://www.filmneworleans.org/for-the-local-community/filmed-in-new-orleans/filmography/ for a full listing.)

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