The Big Easy: Fascinating Facts from the Past and Present of New Orleans

New Orleans, named after the Duke of Orleans (who ruled as Regent in France from 1715 to 1723), is one of the most unique and historic cities in the U.S. Ever since the sale of the land to Napoleon Bonaparte during the Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans is the city that has something for everyone: from its Creole culture and jazz to its world-famous festivals and parades.

Here are the Top Ten facts that make the Big Easy one of the most fascinating cities in the world. 

1.    New Orleans has more than 20 historic districts, the highest number of any city in the U.S.

2.    Canal Street was once the widest street in the world.

3.    The First Mardi Gras Parade took place in New Orleans on Shrove Tuesday in 1938.

4.    Lake Pontchartrain Causeway near New Orleans has been declared by the Guinness World Records as the longest continuous bridge in the world.

5.    The Superdome in New Orleans is the largest enclosed stadium in the world.

6.    The voodoo culture was introduced in New Orleans in the 1800s, and the term ‘voodoo doll’ originated in the city. 

7.     The first opera in the United States of America was performed in New Orleans in the 1790s.

8.      New Orleans is known as the birthplace of both poker and craps.

9.      Beignets are New Orleans' signature sweet, and they are made from deep fried dough sprinkled with sugar.

10.  New Orleans is known as the Most Haunted City in America. Paranormal investigators as well as tourists who are passionate about ghost haunting come to the city every year.It is believed to be the place with the highest spiritual activity in the U.S.