Exciting new year's eve developments from New Orleans this year with the news that the celebrations will be part of the Times Square party, streaming live to the nation as part of Dick Clark's Rockin New Year - see below for more details.
New Orleans, NOLA to its friends, likes a party as much as anywhere and New Years Eve is certainly no exception, Crowds and major events and parties will focus on the French Quarter in the earlier stages, but later in the evening many locals will head outside to watch the fireworks displays over the Mississippi River, with the iconic sight of the river harbour bridge offering a focal point for some of the most spectacular fireworks in the state.
It's a place I've been keen to visit for a number of years, the music and food scene really appeals to my tastes and i can only imagine that new years is a fantastic place to head there, with the streets likely to be absolutely buzzing with locals and visitors, who travel from miles around to be part of one of the liveliest new years eve parties you'll find anywhere.
New Orleans on new year's eve 2018 will be featuring live segments as part of the famous Dick Clark's New Year Rockin Eve fron Times Square in New York. The highlights carried live to the nation will include the Jackson Square fireworks, the fleur de lis drop and performances by the Allstate Fan Fest as part of the annual AllState Sugar Bowl celebrations (The Sugar Bowl itself takes place on Monday 2 January in 2018)
The live performances broadcast live to the nation as part of Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve have now been confirmed as Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco, hosted by Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars. You can watch these performances live online here.
The city's famous Jackson Square in the iconic French Quarter is the focal point of the new year's eve party in New Orleans as it hosts the Crescent City Countdown, featuring live music from local acts, followed by the famous and unique fleur-de-lis drop, recognising the city's French heritage. The climax of the event is of course the spectacular fireworks display over the mighty Mississippi.
One of the best spots for viewing the fireworks is Crescent Park, which has great views over the city and stays open until 1am specially for the occasion.
Perhaps somewhat bizarrely, midnight is also marked by the lowering of a giant model of a baby, the Baby Bacchus from the roof of the Jackson Jax Brewery Bar, an interesting twist on the traditional ball drop.
Throughout the evening there is a huge party centred on Bourbon Street, also in the French Quarter and site of an almost bewildering array of bars, clubs and restaurants. This street is renowned as a party mecca and on new year's eve coach parties will arrive from hundreds of miles in every direction to join the party. Top recommended bars includes the famous Old Absinthe House and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, which dates right back to 1722 and is reputed to be the oldest bar in the United States.
The New Orleans hotels of course also compete for their slice of the action, with one of the biggest events the now famous Big Night New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency, This premier gala event has open bars all night, international buffets and dance floors spread across multiple floors. Midnight is market with champagne and a huge balloon drop.
There is also typically a top new year's eve party in the French Quarter at Pat O's On The River, where they are have a premium location overlooking the Mississippi River with an incredible view of the fireworks, and also offer live DJ, special cocktails and an open bar.
New Orleans always has plenty in the way of live music to offer on new year's eve, and 2017-2018 will be no exception, with one big show to look out for Foundation Of Funk and New Orleans-based Dumpstaphunk performing live together at The Joy Theater - tickets for this show are available here.
Pretty Lights are also in New Orleans this new year's eve , actually performing 2 back to back shows on the 30th and 31st December at Mardi Gras World. They will be supported by local rapper Curren$y, The Soul Rebels, Manic Focus, Chris Karns, Emancipator and Maddy O’Neal. Buy your tickets for this show online here.
Another top live entertainment option this year sees Amy Schumer performing live at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts - get more details and tickets here.
New Years Eve cruises on the Mississippi river are enduringly popular too, giving you fantastic views of both the city skyline and the river bridge. One boat offering this for NYE 2018 is the city's only remaining traditional river steamer, the Steamboat Natchez
There is also a very popular New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise on board the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler, where the evening includes a live DJ, late night buffet, champagne and festive party favours - reserve your place for this party here.
For fans of American football if you don't have too much of a hangover there is also the Sugar Bowl to look forward to early in the new year, taking place at the city's iconic Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year the Sugar Bowl is on the 2nd January.
The increased availibility of online streaming makes watching the New Orleans new year's eve celebrations and fireworks much easier these days, with local TV networks now frequently available online, as well as the fact New Orleans is blessed with an excellent range of live streaming webcam views in key locations across the city.
Find out where to watch the NOLA new year party and fireworks on our dedicated page here, which has become a lot easier this year with the inclusion of the live broadcasts to Dick Clark's Rockin New Year in New York:
You can also see a wider range of live streaming online coverage from new year fireworks and parties around the world in our brand new Live Streaming section.
If you're planning on visiting New Orleans over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommend. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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