At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Today, we roll into the Big Easy: New Orleans, Louisiana.
New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, with a recent census count of 389,000 residents in the city and over 1.2 million in the larger metropolitan area. It is one of the most historically rich and culturally unique cities in the United States, deeply influenced by the French colonists who founded the city in 1718 (naming it for the Duke of Orleans, then Regent to the King of France) and controlled it for much of the subsequent century. A bustling, cosmopolitan, multilingual and multiethnic port city for much of its history, New Orleans was ceded to the Spanish Empire for the final four decades of the 18th Century before returning to French administration during the Napoleonic Wars, only to be sold to the burgeoning United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was the location of the major American victory at the Battle of New Orleans during (or technically, after the conclusion of) the War of 1812, contended over during the Civil War, and remains a key port at the mouth of the Mississippi River on the Gulf of Mexico today (the fifth largest in the country).
New Orleans also remains a fascinating cultural landmark today. As the birthplace of jazz and a hothouse of cross-cultural musical traditions (European, Creole, African-American), the sounds of the city drift pleasingly from innumerable bars, clubs, and performing venues and spill into the street, enjoyed by out-of-town visitors and locals alike. The party atmosphere lingers throughout the year, especially in the iconic French Quarter with its colonial revival architecture, but the excitement ramps up to a fever pitch during Mardi Gras, the annual spectacular carnival festival dating back to the French colonial period. New Orleans’ distinctive cuisine, again a product of the city’s melting-pot of cultural influences, is also renowned for its flavours.
The central neighbourhoods of the city lie between the Mississippi and the reservoir-like Lake Ponchatrain. Numerous historic buildings are located in this area, while the central business district is home to modern high-rises, hotels, retail, and restaurants. Visitors are charmed by the city’s mix of old traditions and new attractions, its surviving vibrancy as well as its elegant Southern decay. Sports fans can enjoy home games of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints at the Superdome or the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center arena. New Orleans’s international airport is located in the suburb of Kenner, and is named for one of the city’s most famous musical sons, the legendary jazz great Louis Armstrong.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in New Orleans, Louisiana.