NOLA Welcomes in the New Year with Fireworks and Fun!

 

If you’re planning on finding a nice, quiet destination to ring in the New Year; a place where you can relax and recuperate from the hectic holidays, then you'll definitely want to steer clear of the French Quarter. Then again, I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the inhabitants of this great city know how to party hearty when it comes to celebrating the New Year! In fact, they are expecting that about 50,000 revelers will be on hand for New Orleans 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration.
 
As is the tradition, Jackson Square will be the epicenter of the festivities, with performances continuing up to the midnight countdown, given by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Then a newly renovated fleur de lis ornament will make its drop from a pole atop the Brewery Condominiums, signaling the start of a spectacular fireworks display called: “Symphony in the Sky”. 
 
But no New Year’s celebration would be complete without the arrival of Baby New Year himself, and New Orleans’ now famous 6’ tall toddler, clad in a purple and gold diaper and still wearing his Saints helmet (added to his wardrobe in 2010 when the Saints won the Super Bowl) will once again be hanging out on the corner of the JAX rooftop overlooking the partiers. This year, he will also have an LSU and a Hornets flag with him, along with some other surprises symbolizing the spirit of this wild city.
 
Now if you are the type who wants to avoid the crowds — well, as much as one possibly can on New Year’s Eve! — you can still catch the amazing fireworks on board the Steamboat Natchez. They are hosting what sounds like a great party, with hors d’ oeuvres, various food stations, a premium brand open bar, live music, and, as I mentioned, the perfect spot to view the pyrotechnical display without the huge crowds. (The boat sails from 10:30 p.m.. to 12:30 a.m.. Tickets cost $175 and are available through the Steamboat Natchez website.)
 
But for me, I like being a part of the pulse of the people (especially when the people are New Orleanians!) so NOLA’s spectacular, New Year’s Eve Celebration is an event not to be missed! 
 
New Year's Eve Schedule of Events
on Decatur Street at Jackson Square: 
9:00 – 9:40 Brassaholics 
9:40 – 10:00 MCs 
10:00 – 10:40 Mia Borders 
10:40 – 11:00 MCs 
11:00 – 11:40 Bonerama 
11:40 – 12:00 MCs and countdown
 
I'd like to wish a very Happy and Healthy New Year to all our friends in Louisiana, and beyond!

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