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Counting Down to the New Year: Top Parties and Events in New Orleans

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New Orleans, a city synonymous with lively celebrations and a deep-rooted sense of community, takes center stage as the year comes to a close. Amidst the historic streets and iconic landmarks, the countdown to New Year’s Eve in New Orleans unfolds with a variety of events that showcase the city’s unique spirit. This guide aims to navigate you through the top parties and celebrations, ensuring that your New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is nothing short of spectacular!

1. Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade

Floats pass spectators during the allstate sugar bowl parade on new year's eve in new orleans
Photographer: Sophia Germer

For those seeking daytime excitement, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade delivers a Mardi Gras-style celebration. Starting at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street, the parade winds through the French Quarter, featuring big floats, marching bands, and colorful throws.

The parade route takes it along Decatur Street, offering breathtaking views of iconic landmarks such as The Old US Mint, the French Market, Café du Monde, and Jackson Square. This lively procession is a perfect prelude to the Sugar Bowl Game and the subsequent New Year’s Eve festivities in New Orleans. The entire parade will be broadcast live by WDSU-TV in New Orleans, adding to the excitement for both local and out-of-town fans. As the parade concludes at Canal Street, the revelry and energy of the city set the stage for an electrifying New Year’s Eve in New Orleans.

2. Crescent City Countdown at Jackson Square

Fleur de lis drop and fireworks at the crescent city countdown during new year's eve in new orleans

New Orleans, known for its unparalleled party spirit, invites everyone to ring in the New Year at the Crescent City Countdown in Jackson Square. This grand celebration stands as the city’s biggest party, where everyone gathers to witness the Fleur de Lis drop at midnight. It’s a New Orleans twist on the traditional Times Square ball drop, offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

The festivities at Jackson Square include live entertainment that adds to the festive ambiance, building anticipation for the breathtaking firework display over the Mississippi River. The combination of live performances, the iconic Fleur de Lis drop, and the stunning fireworks make this a unique New Orleans experience that shouldn’t be missed.

3. Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve

People attending big night new orleans on new year's eve in new orleans

As the grand finale to your New Year’s Eve adventure, make your way to The Filmore for Big Night New Orleans, the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve Gala. The venue comes alive with multiple themed party areas, casino games, silent disco, and a dynamic lineup of live music from local bands and DJs. The VIP experience takes it up a notch, offering an all-inclusive package that includes first-class cuisine and an open bar. 

As the clock ticks towards midnight, Big Night New Orleans gears up for a huge midnight celebration, adding to the city’s reputation for throwing unparalleled New Year’s Eve parties. Attendees can expect a vibrant atmosphere, complete with party favors for all to enhance the festive spirit. And to make the night even more convenient, discounted hotel rooms are available for those looking to maximize their celebration without worrying about transportation.

Embrace the New Year in the Heart of the French Quarter

As New Orleans wraps up another year with its unique style, featuring the lively Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade and the grandeur of the Crescent City Countdown in Jackson Square, the good times don’t have to end. Celebrate the New Year with a city bus tour in New Orleans!

If you’re looking to savor more moments in the French Quarter and beyond, Cajun Encounter’s New Orleans City Bus Tour offers a captivating immersion into the city’s history and culture. Ring in the New Year exploring architectural gems, discovering the birthplace of jazz, and relishing breathtaking views of the Mississippi. Book your spot on our city bus tour now and ensure your journey into the coming year begins with a unique journey through the streets of New Orleans!

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