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February 9, 2021
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

COVID-19 may have canceled parades for 2021, but it couldn't erase Mardi Gras entirely. Creativity flourished around the Crescent City in the form of a new tradition: house floats.




January 31, 2021
By THNOC's Visitor Services Department

The food of south Louisiana has as many stories as it has flavors. We look into the backstories of some famous dishes, some of which may be surprising.




December 16, 2020
By Xiomara Blanco, Cecilia Hock, and Kurt Owens

In this video, Interpretation Assistant Kurt Owens discusses some of Kemper and Leila Williams's holiday traditions as well as their joy in the season.




December 11, 2020
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

We spoke with Lance Nichols, whose role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, launched his acting career in major Hollywood films.




December 11, 2020
Visitor Services Department

What does it mean to be Cajun? We explore the roots of this complicated identity through 12 individual stories.




November 17, 2020
By Katherine Jolliff Dunn and Emily Perkins

As New Orleans braces for a vastly downsized Carnival 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, THNOC is looking back at each cancellation, focusing on what the city was like at that time, the activities of the krewes during the downtime, and the celebrations that did take place despite the shutdown of big parades.




October 27, 2020
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

The Historic New Orleans Collection joins Jessica B. Harris’s friends around the world in celebrating her most recent honor, the 2020 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.




October 16, 2020
Molly Cleaver, editor

What do we mean when we talk about Cajun Country?  The answers are tied up in race, class, language, and, of course, history.




September 18, 2020
By Dhani Adomaitis, Madeline Drace, Michelle Harrison, and Cecilia Hock

For years, cinephiles have lamented a lack of originality coming out of Hollywood studios. However, there’s no shortage of stories waiting to be told onscreen, and that’s where we can be of use to studio bosses.




August 21, 2020
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

The 1951 film of Tennessee Williams’s New Orleans-set A Streetcar Named Desire won multiple Academy Awards and is considered a landmark of American cinema. To prepare for the August 24, 2020, #NolaMovieNight group re-watch of the film, First Draft returned to local dialect coach and acting teacher Francine Segal for insight into the film’s accents (always of interest to New Orleanians) and acting styles.




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