The City of New Orleans is the historic center of southeast Louisiana and is one of the oldest cities in the United States.
Since its founding in 1718 and due to its strategic location on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a principal world port as well as home to a multi-cultural population.
Southeast Louisiana’s over 1.3 million residents are proud of its distinctive cuisine, unique music and architecture, dramatic and prolific wetland ecology and inimitable festivals and traditions.
The region is comprised of Orleans Parish (coterminous with the boundaries of the city of New Orleans), St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes along Lake Pontchartrain to the north, St. Bernard Parish along Lake Borgne to the east, Plaquemines Parish following the Mississippi River to the south, west to Jefferson Parish home to the Louis Armstrong International Airport, and continuing west to St. Charles Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish.
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