New year's eve in new Orleans this year will be an extra special party, marking the start of the city's tricentennial with a Rockin' New Year's Eve party by Dick Clark Productions, including a live concert an 9 followed by fireworks at midnight.
Performers include Imagine Dragons and Walk the Moon, with their performances also being carried live as part of the Dick Clark NYRE party in Times Square and broadcast to the whole nation.
New Orleans always hosts a fabulous new year's eve party, with fireworks in Jackson Square and iconic events at the Jax Brewery Bar and all along Bourbon Street the focal points of a city-wide celebration.
New Orleans has long been a massively popular new year's eve destination, offering the winning combination of famous sites like the French Quarter, friendly locals, lively parties that last through the night, and of course, spectacular fireworks with the Mississippi River and it's iconic river harbour bridge offering a focal point for some of the most impressive pyrotehcnics in the whole country.
New Orleans on new year's eve last year was featured as part of the Rockin New Year party in New York - the highlights carried live to the nation included 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, and this year they're going one better with their own Rockin' New Year's Eve by Dick Clark Productions to mark the start of the city's tricentennial celebrations.
This event will include a live music concert starting at 9pm and of course a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Live headline acts have now been confirmed as Imagine Dragons and Walk the Moon. You ca kkeep up to date on all the very latest from the official 300th anniversary website here.
Elsewhere, 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 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 2019 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.
There is a great range of accommodation in New Orleans, with the colonial style houses in the old French Quarter always especially popular.
There are of course all of the major chains represented here too, so most budgets should be covered. Several of the main hotels will also offer special new year's eve packages too, so be sure to enquire about any offers that may be available.
You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
The increased availability 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.
The new Dick Clark Rockin Eve party this year significantly increaes the chances of some decent live coverage too.
Find out where to watch the NOLA new year party and fireworks on our dedicated page here:
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