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Washington Square Park is a historic open public space which is bordered by gorgeous little streets, all replete with French influences. A temporary campground offering music and free food was set up here during the relief work post Hurricane Katrina. As of now, the park plays host to numerous city celebrations, art and music festivals where all of the townsfolk come out to participate.
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park provides an ideal platform for all to experience and share the cultural history of jazz in New Orleans. The park aims to educate visitors through its database of information, on the origin and development of jazz in America. A hallmark feature of this site is the Perseverance Hall, where black jazz performers played for black or white audiences in the 1800's. The park hosts special jazz events several times a year. The seasonal concerts for Christmas are extremely popular.
Stretched along the length of the Mississippi river, the Crescent Park offers 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometers) of paved trails, picnic areas and stunning views of the New Orleans skyline. This riverfront park has a promenade that also features benches for sitting and a nifty bridge called the Piety Street Arch that connects Charles Street to Piety Wharf. Bring your pets here for a quick walk or simply gaze at the mighty river during sunset.
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, has been around since the 1700's when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. The center of the park showcases a large statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the St. Louis Cathedral, which is a minor Basilica. The old city hall in the square is where the ultimate version of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The square was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Louis Armstrong Park, made of grassy knolls and lagoons, is named after world-famous musician and native son, Louis Armstrong. His statue, by Elizabeth Cartlett, is near the brightly lit entrance on the outer boundary of the French Quarter. Ironically, Armstrong was not allowed to play in the now well-known clubs during his career. Other landmarks including Congo Square and the Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium surround the park.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park consists of six sites in and around New Orleans. The park honors Cajun culture in general and Jean Lafitte in particular. Lafitte was a notorious pirate and smuggler, who came to the aid of General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and is a great starting place for information regarding the other sites around New Orleans.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.
In what appears to be a presumptuous gesture if not an eccentric one, actor Nicolas Cage has already picked out a burial site for himself. Located in the St. Louis Cemetery No.1, Cage has purchased a rather dramatic white pyramid that will serve as a tombstone after his death. The pyramid grave stands 9-feet (2.74 meters) tall and displays the Latin maxim 'Omnia Ab Uno', meaning 'Everything from one'. As much as Nicolas Cage feels at peace about choosing his resting place, the locals of the city do not seem to mirror his feelings, seeing as that the pyramid occupies quite a lot of place in the already cramped cemetery.