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Port Of New Orleans directions and parking information

Erato Street Terminal
1100 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-1733

Travel Time: 16 miles from the New Orleans International Airport; travel time is approximately 40 minutes.

Directions to the Port

From Interstate 10 East to New Orleans
•    Follow the signs to the New Orleans Business District, U.S 90 West, Crescent City Connection to the West Bank.
•    Take exit 11-C, Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street.
•    Proceed down the ramp to the ground level.
•    At the second traffic light, turn right. This is Tchoupitoulas Street.
•    At the next traffic light, turn left. This is Henderson Street.
•    Go two blocks (cross over the railroad tracks) and turn left. This is Port of New Orleans Place.
•    The Erato Street Terminal is directly ahead. Harbor Police will be directing traffic.

Parking Information:

$16.00 per day (Rates subject to change by the Port Authority)
•    6-story building; garage on floors 3-6; 1000 parking spaces.
•    Full payment due upon entering the parking garage.
•    Accepted forms of payment: U.S Dollars; Credit Cards
•    The garage is secure, lighted and patrolled.
•    Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit.
•    No advance reservations required.

Parking: $32.00 per day (for oversized vehicles) Rates subject to change by the Port Authority.
•    Oversized vehicles or those that take up more than one space will be directed to the Poydras Street Parking Lot after unloading luggage and passengers at the Erato Street Terminal.
•    The outdoor lot has 75 spaces and is secure, lighted and patrolled.
•    There is a shuttle available to bring you back to the Erato Cruise Terminal.
•    Call ahead for space at: 504 525-5476; ask for Mr. Leonard Smith.


Facts At A Glance

Size: 48,523 sq miles/125,675 sq km.
Capital: Baton Rouge
Population: 4,372,000 (1999)
Time: GMT - 6. Daylight Saving Time is observed.
Cultural Heritage: African American, Anglo-European, French Acadian (Cajun), Native American, Spanish, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian.
Economy: Oil and petrochemicals, agriculture, timber, fishing and tourism.
Population: 1.2 million
Area: 200 sq miles (515 sq km)
Telephone area code: 504
Emergency Number: 911.

Best time to visit

Summers are hot and winters mild. Average temperature for northern part of the state is 38-60F/3-16C in winter and 70-95F/21-35C in summer. Winter in the south runs 44-67F/7-19C, and summer 70-95F/21-35C. Humidity usually high in summer.
Hurricanes occasionally appear from the Gulf of Mexico July-October. Unlikely to effect visitors but advisable to check forecasts during hurricane watches, especially coastal areas. Most attractions open year round. Swimmers will find Gulf water temperatures at 84F/28C in August but only 64F/16C in February.
State Overview

Louisiana's marshy Mississippi Valley is one of the most attractive areas of the USA. New Orleans, its largest city, is one of the country's major tourist destinations, famed worldwide for Dixieland jazz, architecture, superb cuisine and its unique French Quarter.

Louisiana has had five different capital cities: New Orleans, Donaldsonville, Opelousas, Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
Louisiana is the largest U.S. producer of furs, including pelts from the nutria which thrives in the bayou country. It's a mean rascal - a cross between a beaver and a giant rat.

There are about 7,500miles/12,000km of navigable streams and major rivers in Louisiana, including the Mississippi, Ouachita, Red and Atchafalaya.
Lowest point in the state is in New Orleans, 5ft/1.5m below sea level.
Minimum age for drivers in Louisiana is 15. Legal drinking age is 21.
Louisiana ranks second in the U.S. for production of natural gas.
Toledo Bend Lake is the largest man-made reservoir in the South and the fifth largest in U.S.

Historic Overview of New orleans

Ten different flags have flown over Louisiana, creating a unique ethnic mix of people, Some groups even combined to form distinct new cultures.
For example, in New Orleans, white Creoles directly descended from the early Spanish and French settlers mingled with African slaves and their descendants to form a new class of citizens known as the gens de couleur libres, or "free people of color."

They became a refined group of light-skinned blacks who at one time owned their own slaves and often sent their children to school in Paris.
The bayou country upriver from New Orleans was settled by the Cajuns - descendants of the French Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia in the 1700s - who became adept at navigating their way through the swamps in carved wooden boats known as pirogues.

The northern part of the state was settled by Scottish-Irish farmers arriving from Alabama and Georgia in the mid-19th century. There's even a group known as the Islenos, descended from Canary Islanders who first arrived in 1770.
Before the procession of flags began, Native Americans lived along bluffs of the lower Mississippi Valley. Tribes in the area were part of the Mississippian culture that produced ceremonial temples and burial mounds.

Most groups abandoned these practices before European explorers arrived but one tribe in Louisiana, the Natchez, retained many of the practices, which allowed Europeans to observe a culture far different from most others they encountered in North America.

The first Europeans - Spaniards Cabez de Vaca, Panfil de Narvarez and Hernando de Soto - arrived in the 16th century. In 1682, Frenchman Sieur de La Salle laid claim to the area and named it after his king, Louis XIV.

Parts of Louisiana switched from Spanish rule to British and back to the French again before Napoleon sold most of the state to the U.S. in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The part east of the Mississippi had been in U.S. hands since the end of the Revolutionary War. Louisiana joined the Confederacy in 1861.
After the Civil War, its economy floundered and it remained weak right up to the early 1900s when its petroleum resources became lucrative. But the benefits of the oil money went into relatively few hands. The lingering poverty and uncertainty planted the seeds for the rise of strongman-governor Huey P. Long, The King fish.
He led the building of the state's modern infrastructure while building a huge power base for himself. He was assassinated in 1935.
Today, Louisiana's economy runs mainly on agriculture and agribusiness, petrochemicals and tourism.

New Orleans' restaurants offer special midnight feasts called Reveillon on Christmas and New Year's. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the American Rose Center in Shreveport is festooned in lights that transform the gardens. And, with the state's generally warm winter weather, Louisianans make Christmas drives to see little towns decorated in lights.

City Overview

The unofficial state motto, laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll), pretty much says it all for most people. And let there be no mistake, New Orleans rolls plenty.

Called by some The City That Care Forgot, it has a well-earned reputation for excess and debauchery. It is a blend of colorful history and unique cultural mix of African, Indian, Cajun and Creole influences.

Whether you're looking for history, drama and intrigue or just a damn good bop in the street, New Orleans has a flavor like no other city in North America.
New Orleans was founded in 1718 and named after Philippe Duc D'Orleans. Music plays an integral part in its unique atmosphere. Old-line musicians play classic tunes during brunch and dinner, street musicians huddle in doorways at dusk to perform and free concerts are offered weekly in the French Market.
Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr, Fats Domino, Pete Fountain, the Neville Brothers and Jelly Roll Morton are all part of the city's rich musical heritage. And now there is more music in New Orleans than ever before with Zydeco, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Dixieland, gospel, Cajun music and country joining the jazz tradition.
To hear traditional jazz at its best visit Bourbon Street or Preservation Hall, where musicians play every evening.

There is also a rich cultural side to New Orleans. It was here that the country's first opera house was built. The city boasts an excellent Museum of Art and a Contemporary Arts Center. The Warehouse District has been revitalized with galleries, restaurants, and shops that display the crafts of local artists.

Money & More Info
Banking Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Some also open Saturday 9am-2pm.

Mardi Gras And Other Events
Booze, beads and bare-breasted revelers, right? Well, if you think that's all there is to the New Orleans Mardi Gras then you're in for a treat. French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is a Roman Catholic celebration ushering in the 40-day Lenten season before Easter.

It takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, which can be any Tuesday from 3 February to 9 March, depending on the date of Easter. Seeing as Lent demands fasting from meat, Mardi Gras has always represented a last chance to indulge - thus Fat Tuesday!

New Orleans' ribald version includes several weeks' worth of fun and fabulous frolics leading up to the Mardi Gras. Though the big masquerade balls are often private affairs, there's no shortage of public parades and gatherings.
The bacchanalian nightlife really starts to heat up about two weeks before Mardi Gras, with non-stop nonsense from the Thursday before. Don't even think of showing up without a costume of some sort - even a simple mask will transform you into a worthy party peer.

In homage to New Orleans jazz traditions, on the 250th anniversary of the city's founding (1968), an all-star lineup of jazz-scene giants came together for the first ever New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A few years later, the great Jazz Fest expanded to include two weekends in late April and early May and a variety of musical forms besides jazz.

Today, Jazz Fest features music to suit anybody's tastes, with thousands of performers on more than 10 stages displaying styles ranging from big band to zydeco.

The Heritage part of the title refers to the army of Louisianan arts, crafts and food purveyors gathered downtown at Armstrong Park. Do yourself a favor and arrive hungry - the food on offer is a festival unto itself.
Other less boisterous celebrations include Black Heritage Festival on the second weekend in March, Tennessee Williams Literary Festival on the last weekend in March, the French Quarter Festival on the second weekend in April, the Greek Festival on Memorial Day weekend in May and the raucous riverfront Carnaval Latino on the last weekend in June. Independence Day (Fourth of July) features food and entertainment along the riverfront and star-studded musical performances at the Superdome, followed by a barrage of fireworks.


Shopping Hours: Daily 9am-6pm. Malls and some shops stay open until 8 or 9pm.
Shopping in the French Quarter is a mixed bag. Souvenir stands, antique shops, clothing boutiques and culinary stores pepper the neighborhood.
For creole seasonings and other Louisiana specialties, browse the many stalls in the open-air French Market.

New Orleans is as full of antique shops as it is of music clubs. Most can be found in the French Quarter and along Magazine Street - a 4mile/6.4km stretch dotted with clusters of shops purveying memorabilia, old furniture and collectibles.

Cuisine Creole to Cajun to Continental. Seafood is outstanding. Try crawfish in anything (jambalaya, etouffee, po'boys) when it's in season. Desserts tend toward the ultra sweet, but by all means indulge in some pecan pie or pralines.


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