->''"New Orleans resembles Genoa or Marseilles, or Beirut or the Egyptian Alexandria, more than it does New York.... Like Havana and Port-au-Prince, New Orleans is within the orbit of a Hellenistic world that never touched the North Atlantic. The Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico form a homogenous, though interrupted, sea."''
-->-- '''A. J. Liebling''', ''The Earl of Louisiana'' (quoted in ''AConfederacyOfDunces'')

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[[caption-width-right:330:A Crescent City montage, courtesy of Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. From top left: A typical New Orleans mansion off St. Charles Avenue, a streetcar passing by Loyola University and Tulane University, the skyline of the Central Business District, Jackson Square, and a view of Royal Street in the French Quarter.]]

Ah, the Big Easy, famous for Mardi Gras, [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]], and jazz music, despite not inventing any of these. Commonly associated with the Cajun culture, despite being a few hours away from any of it. Also, hurricanes. The French have a consulate there. Another claim to fame is the food; you can find almost any kind of seafood (except lobster) here. The squeamish can rest easy about how well-cooked their food is.

* Some streets are narrow, because they were originally built for horse and carriage. Do not complain, they indicate that a natural disaster has never annihilated the surrounding area and created room for a wider road.
* Tourists think they're cute by pronouncing the name of the city "N'awlins. To not incur the wrath of a local, just go with "Nu-OH'rlins[[note]]For the city, at least. The parish would be pronounced "Or-LEANS".[[/note]]. Once you've lived here a couple years, your speech will naturally slur it down, but don't force it.
* If you ask for directions in New Orleans, don't expect to hear "North", "South", "East", or "West". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_metropolitan_area#.22Eastbank.22_and_.22Westbank.22 Due to the Mississippi River which curves through the middle of the city,]] you'll likely hear something like "Go up on Saint Charles Avenue" if you wish to leave the French Quarter and go Uptown, for example, even though to outsider's eyes, Saint Charles Avenue "appears" to go south and wind back up to going north. Although it sounds complicated, it's really not that hard to figure out when you look at a map. If you wish to study the geography a bit further, a good guide can be found [[http://wikitravel.org/en/New_Orleans#Knowing_which_way_is_up here.]]
** Another thing to remember: "Eastbank" and "Westbank" are in reference to the location of the river. This is probably what would trip up visitors the most, since there are fragments of the East Bank that are geographically west of the West Bank, and vice-versa.

Related tropes:
* TheBigEasy
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans
* {{Jazz}}
* SouthernGothic: New Orleans is a favorite setting for Southern Gothic works, especially in vampire fiction, perhaps because of the associating the area has with Voodoo.
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!!New Orleans in popular media:

* Season 9 of ''TheRealWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''
* ''Chief Wiggum PI'', the fake spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie.''
* ''K-Ville''
* ''New Orleans'' a 1947 film starring BillieHoliday and LouisArmstrong.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' features its [[TheMultiverse Earth-C]] counterpart, "Mew Orleans."
* ''TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', though it averts most tropes associated with the city
* Abby Scuito from ''{{NCIS}}'' hails from the city and would like to point out that the jazz is played after the burial.
* VideoGame/Left4Dead2's "The Parish" campaign takes place in the French Quarter.
* Creator/AnneRice. She authors some quite exquisite scenery about the Big Easy: ''Literature/ExitToEden'', ''InterviewWithAVampire'', ''[[MayDecemberRomance Belinda]]'', ''Feast of All Saints'', ''[[TheVampireChronicles Blood Canticle]]'', ''[[TheVampireChronicles Blackwood Farms]]'', ''Taltos, The Witching Hour'', ''[[TheVampireChronicles Memnoch the Devil]]'', and ''[[TheVampireChronicles The Tale of the Body Thief]]''.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''
* Werner Herzog's ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans''
* HBO's ''Series/{{Treme}}'', from the creators of ''Series/TheWire'', explores the aftermath of Katrina.
* ''ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''
* ''TheExpendables''. Oddly, the city is established by a sweeping crane shot of... Baton Rouge.
* The first ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight''.
* ''AStreetCarNamedDesire''
* ''GoneWithTheWind'' -- Rhett and Scarlett honeymoon in New Orleans
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' -- Roger and Andy honeymooned here too.
* ''AConfederacyOfDunces'', which many locals consider the most accurate portrayal the city has ever gotten.
* ''Film/DejaVu''
* One ''CalvinAndHobbes'' strip has Calvin wonder where people go when they die, to which Hobbes responds that he believes they play saxophone for an all-girl cabaret in New Orleans. "So you believe in Heaven?" "Call it what you like."
* New Orleans is ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'''s setting of choice, likely due to its association with vampire fiction.
* Nico Di Angelo spends some time in New Orleans before ''[[{{Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians}} The Sword of Hades]]'' starts.
* Hazel Levesque is from New Orleans in TheHeroesOfOlympus
* The Kane Siblings travel to New Orleans in ''[[{{Main/TheKaneChronicles}} The Red Pyramid]]'' to meet Anubis. Much like Nico above, he apparently likes the whole "celebrating death" thing.
* ''TheOriginals'', the spinoff of ''TheVampireDiaries'', is set here (and revels in its setting).
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven''
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