New Orleans culture is an athlete’s dream

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The Party

On top of the food, music and endless support from the fans, New Orleans is well-known for knowing how to have a good time. It may not be the “The City that Never Sleeps”, but New Orleans has plenty of nightlife of its own.

If you were to walk down the street on Bourbon Street, you would find yourself surrounded by music, lights, and people. This livelihood is part of the reason that Saints’ star back Alvin Kamara lives downtown and walks to and from games.

The main reason for this tradition is to celebrate with the people of New Orleans. It has been especially celebratory the past few seasons due to increased Saints’ success. The city celebrates the small victories and praises their teams for their efforts.

If these new players can take the team that final step, there will be endless praise.

And let’s not forget the ultimate celebration that is Mardi Gras. Some cities can do parades well. Some cities can do celebrations well. But no one can have as great of a parade and a celebration quite like the Big Easy.

Mardi Gras in astounding in its scope. It’s a regional celebration, so not only in the city do we have parades, but in the surrounding cities and regions, there are parades too.

Mardi Gras Day is always 40 days (minus Sundays) from Easter Sunday onwards. Since Easter Sunday moves each year, Mardi Gras Day moves as well. This year it is on February 25th, so not quite in time for the draftees to arrive but there is always next year. I

The big deal is the last week leading up to Mardi Gras. From the Wednesday before to Mardi Gras Day, there will be no less than 2 parades each evening, and many more on the weekends. The biggest parades are on the last 5 days leading up to Mardi Gras Day.

It’s not just the parades – it’s the incredible mass of people, and how the order is kept throughout all of it.

Athletes, bands, public service officials, celebrities and anyone important to the city are featured at the center of it all. The whole town partakes in this massive celebration because everyone who lives there knows how to appreciate good food, good music, and a great celebration.

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It may not have the nightlife and massive market appeal of some other cities, but there is nothing like being an athlete and resident of New Orleans.