The City of New Orleans will play host to NPC18 from April 21 to 24. New Orleans is one of the world’s most unique cities, and its melting pot of culture, food, and music offer conference goers rich experiences well beyond the convention center.
New Orleans is celebrating a major milestone in 2018 — the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. To commemorate, the city is hosting special events and concerts and embarking on a wide range of infrastructure projects and a ‘'legacy” historical restoration.
Here's why New Orleans is the place to be during the Tricentennial.
Commemorations of the Tricentennial are occurring in April and throughout the year. On April 22, finish NPC18 Day 2 with a block party and fireworks at Louis Armstrong Park. Or, make your visit extra special and stay through the following weekend for the renowned New Orleans Jazz Fest. Be sure to check the city's 2018 Tricentennial Events webpage for updates.
New Orleans streetcars. Photo by Flickr user Axel Magard, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Planning in action
If you want a side of planning with your planning, there is plenty to see. Check out the LaFitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile rails-to-trails project stretching from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Its completion marked 100 miles of designated bikeways in the City of New Orleans.
The iconic New Orleans streetcar system is also being expanded. Two lines have been enhanced, and a new line has been added along Loyola Avenue.
And if you venture over to Bourbon Street, you’ll find extensive infrastructure upgrades to one of the most celebrated and visited streets in the world. To prepare for the Tricentennial, the street has been undergoing a $6 million repair (the first complete upgrade since 1928) that includes replacing, repairing, and upgrading water, sewer, and gas lines as well as a full resurfacing.
The Tricentennial’s “legacy project” is full-scale restoration and preservation of historic Gallier Hall. The antebellum-era building, which was dedicated in 1853, served as City Hall until 1956 and now is home to an extensive collection of historic paintings, decorative objects, and furnishings.
We think you’ll agree that April 2018 will be a great time to visit New Orleans. Be sure to check out the NPC18 conference site to see what APA has in store for your time in the Crescent City.
Top image: Jackson Square at night. Photo by Flickr user Viewminder, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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Dustin Calliari is APA's senior content marketing associate.