With a population of about 390,000, Orleans is the parish with the third highest population in Louisiana. Some the most noteworthy characteristics of New Orleans include its food, music, dialects, festivals, folkways, culture, and traditions.
Chiefly Inspired by French and Spanish architecture, in a place where the present just slightly converges with the past, some of the most distinctive neighborhoods in New Orleans include:
Although considered part of the Greater New Orleans region, Louisiana's inviting Northshore is a picturesque, collection of communities located across Lake Pontchartrain that include the parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington. With St. Tammany considered the most affluent in the state of Louisiana, the parish is host to a number of notable traits.
First, to travel from the South to St. Tammany, one must cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway which at almost 24 miles, holds the global record for the longest continuous bridge over water.
Another is its connection to nature including the site of the the Tammany Trace; a 31 mile asphalt trail for cycling and hiking.
A sampling of the Northshore's cities, towns and villages include:
Founded in the 1830s in the parish of Jefferson and located on the Westbank of the Mississippi River, this area is characterized by its connection to a bustling, working river and a ferry that travels one from New Orleans to Algiers Point.
The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are also located on the Westbank. Another of the area's main attractions is The Gretna Heritage Festival which takes place in the parish seat of Gretna.