Rockin’ New Years Eve
This year, the Rockin’ New Years Eve is more than a way to welcome 2018. It’s also the countdown to the city’ tricentennial celebration! Just like many festivals and parties in the city, things are done a little differently here. Jackson Square hosts the biggest (and free!) event in New Orleans and the Quarter is full of revelers. The “Baby New Year” drops instead of a ball in New Orleans, and you can spot it perched above Jax Brewery.
Post-baby drop, there’s a massive fireworks show that lights up the Mississippi. Many partiers head to Bourbon Street afterwards and party until the wee hours. Alternatively, there’s a number of great dining establishments open late into the night on New Year’s Eve that dish out plenty of bubbly and delicious cuisine.
The Party Goes On
Live music has long been a staple in New Orleans, and some of the biggest shows in town set the bar high for this holiday. In New Orleans, NYE concerts have a strong party vibe and most venues offer appetizers and a flat cover entry. Check out the House of Blues and Tipitina for some of the biggest names in town.
No matter how you plan to celebrate, get to Jackson Square early for a good spot and dress in layers. Leading up to midnight, you’ll be in the middle of crowds of all ages eager to get a glimpse of the New Year’s baby. What should you do after the fireworks? The options are limitless.