Fun facts about New Orleans...
Actress Reese Witherspooon and author Ann Rice were born in New Orleans.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which gave birth to the blues and rock and roll music.
Canal Street, once the widest street in the world, was named for a canal that was planed for, but never built, in the median. For decades, the only use for the median was public transportation, mostly by the Canal St. Streetcars.
The first New Orleans 'Skyscraper' was built in 1807. It was the first four-story building in the city, and is still standing and in use, on the corner of Royal St. and St. Peter St, in the French Quarter.
New Orleans is where the first opera was performed in the United States (1796)
New Orleans is the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico
Antoine's in New Orleans, established in 1840, is the state's oldest continuously operating restaurant.
The Superdome in New Orleans is the largest enclosed stadium in the world.
New Orleans is the home of the oldest pharmacy in America at 514 Chartres St. in the French Quarter. Prescriptions were called, 'cocktails.'
Source of some of these facts: VisitMardiGras, The Rental and AARP.