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What to do in New Orleans this January?

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January Jamboree: 5 Unmissable Activities in New Orleans

As the new year unfolds, New Orleans shakes off the holiday slumber and dives headfirst into a whirlwind of festivities. January in the Crescent City is not just a month; it’s a celebration in itself. Here are five must-try activities that will infuse your January with the vibrant spirit of New Orleans.

1. Twelfth Night Revelry: The Official Carnival Kick-Off

On January 6, New Orleanians bid farewell to the holiday season and usher in the grandeur of Carnival. Twelfth Night marks the official beginning of Mardi Gras season, and the city erupts in joyous celebration. One of the highlights is the tradition of purchasing King Cakes, a delectable treat adorned with colorful icing. As you savor the sweet indulgence, immerse yourself in the anticipation of the upcoming Mardi Gras festivities.

2. Mardi Gras Parades Take Center Stage

The festivities of Twelfth Night also signal the commencement of Mardi Gras parades. Experience the enchantment of the Streetcar-based Phunny Phorty Phellows, a colorful procession that kicks off the season with flair. Another captivating event is the Krewe de Joan d’Arc parade, a medieval-themed spectacle honoring St. Joan of Arc’s birthday while celebrating the French heritage of New Orleans. Witness the streets of the French Quarter come alive with music, costumes, and the infectious energy of Mardi Gras.

3. Indulge in King Cake Delight

No January visit to New Orleans is complete without indulging in the iconic King Cake. Exclusive to the carnival season, this delectable pastry is a delightful must-try. Bakeries and shops across the city start rolling out these festive treats on January 6, and the aroma of cinnamon and sugary goodness fills the air. Embrace the local tradition of hiding a tiny figurine inside the cake, bringing luck to the finder. It’s not just a dessert; it’s a sweet journey into the heart of Mardi Gras culture.

4. NOLA Kayak Tours Maurepas Manchac Swamp Adventure

Escape the city’s buzz and embark on a unique journey through the swamp with NOLA Kayak Tours. Paddle your way through Maurepas Manchac Swamp, surrounded by breathtaking views and mysterious landscapes. This two-hour tour, available for both public and private bookings, offers not just a scenic experience but also a dive into the rich history and ghostly tales of the area. Combine it with a plantation tour for a comprehensive exploration of Louisiana’s intriguing past.

5. Honey Island Swamp Tour: Delve into the Mystical

For a deeper immersion into the mystical realms of New Orleans, venture into the Honey Island Swamp. Known for its ghostly sightings and eerie ambiance, this tour promises an unforgettable two-hour journey. Hear captivating ghost stories, learn about the swamp’s history, and witness the enchanting beauty that defines Honey Island. Book your tour for a daily escape into the intriguing and mysterious landscapes that Louisiana holds.

January in New Orleans is not just a month—it’s a carnival of experiences. From Twelfth Night celebrations to Mardi Gras parades, indulging in King Cake, and exploring the enchanting swamps, every moment is a brushstroke on the canvas of New Orleans’ cultural vibrancy. Embrace the festivities, savor the flavors, and let the spirit of January in New Orleans captivate your senses.

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