New Orleans hosts some of the top new year's eve celebrations in the country, drawing huge crowds to this popular city to see in the new year in true southern style.
The party here has for the last couple of years been centred around the Sugar Bowl Fan fest, which has been given added national exposure by also featuring as part of the Dick Clark New Year Rockin' Eve live broadcast from Times Square.
The city's main NYE parties are centred around the famous French Quarter, with Jackson Square and the Jax Brewery providing the focal point for a series of events that help to welcome the new year in fine southern style.
OK so we're starting with an event that doesn't actually take place on new year's eve, but I imagine if you're heading to New Orleans over the festive period then you will be looking to make a real occasion of it, so why not start early with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest on December 30th.
This multi-day party takes over the famous Jackson Square and runs from 12 noon until 6pm the day before new year's eve with entertainment and football themed activities before returning to lead the NYE party on December 31st.
The events on the day itself include pep rallies for the teams playing in the Sugar Bowl, the mardi gras style parade (see below) and live music in the evening. There are typically top name performers at this event - past names include Imagine Dragons, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Derulo. We'll have the lineup for this year as soon as it's announced.
The last 2 years now have seen New Orleans acting as the central time zone representative for the Dick Clark Rockin' New Year's Eve party, running alsongside the Fan Fest party with the headline live performances broadcast to the nation as part of the main new year's eve TV coverage in the United States.
The event also features the spectacular fireworks display at midnight, which is organised annually by the Crescent City Countdown Club.
The popularity of this event, as well as the ability of the organisers to attract big name headline performers to the city, suggests a return is likely for new year 2019 - we will of course have all the details here as soon as they are announced.
The Sugar Bowl college football game is a popular diversion on new year's eve in New Orleans, but of more general interest is probably the preceding parade, the annual Sugar Bowl Parade, currently sponsored by Allstate.
The parade takes place on new year's eve, starting at 2.30pm at the junction of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street, proceeding through the French Quarter and Jackson Square, before ending at Canal Street. This is a great way to get yourselves in the party mood before the evening's festivities kick off.
Another popular venue on new year's eve, Crescent Park offers great views over the city to watch the fireworks and stays open until 1am on new year's day to allow crowds to stay out late to watch the show.
Last year they also had live music performances throughout the evening too, helping keep the crowds entertained as they wait for midnight to arrive. We'll confirm once we hear if this will be happening again this year.
The Big Night New Orleans party returns once again this new year's eve, taking over the Hyatt Regency hotel with a gals event including open bars, international buffets and dance floors spread across multiple floors. Midnight is welcomed with a champagne toast and a balloon drop.
You can get full details and buy tickets for this event online here.
Another popular French Quarter location, the now legendary Pat O's on the River New Year's Eve Party is a great way to see in the new year.
Located at the Jax Brewery, this venue offers a fantastic traditional style with great views from their Grande Terrace and Promenade making for a front row seat to watch the fireworks.
Given the waterfront location it's no surprise that many people choose to head out onto the Mississippi for a new year's eve river cruise, where you can party in style and get the best view possible for the midnight fireworks display.
One of the most popular options is the Steamboat Natchez, a luxury event festuring a top quality buffet, preium oipen bar and live entertainment with an onboard band. The party runs from 9.30 to midnight out on the water then continues dockside.
Booking in advance is required - you can buy your tickets online here.
If you're looking for history and tradition then the three level Creole Queen Paddlewheeler is surely one of the best options available. Their new year's eve fireworks cruise also offers of course the perfect view of the Mississippi fireworks while enjoying live entertainment and a traditional southern-style buffet dinner.
Reserve your tickets for this party here.
Finding a central location is always a top priority when looking for your new year's eve accommodation in New Orleans, with the tradtional buildings of the French Quarter always proving expecially popular.
The following hotels all come highly recommended, and are well located for being able to attend the main celebrations on foot:
The Roosevelt New Orleans Waldorf Astoria
B on Canal
The Jung Hotel and Residences
Homewood Suites French Quarter
Moxy new Orleans Downtown French Quarter
Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter
The Ritz Carlton
You can search, check availability and book your stay at these places as well as all of the top New Orleans hotels here.
There aren't too many problems finding live coverage from New Orleans on new year's eve these days, with the addition of the Dick Clark Rockin' New Year's Eve party bringing the celebrations to a national audience.
We have all the latest coverage from the new year 2019 party, with TV broadcast schedules as well as live webcam streams:
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