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Photo taken in front of St. Louis Cathedral within French Quarter less than a week before Hurricane Katrina.

The St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans' most notable landmarks. A masterpiece of elegant simplicity, the oldest cathedral in the US replaced two even earlier churches destroyed by hurricane and fire. It has been visited by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and is one of the oldest and most photographed churches in the country. This venerable building with its triple steeples towers above the green of the Square, General Andrew Jacks on on his bronze horse and on the block-long Pontalba Buildings with their lacy ironwork galleries. It was the third house of worship on this site and was completed in 1794 as part of the beneficence of Don Andres Almonester de Roxas.


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Jazz...the sound that put New Orleans on the map, musically speaking!! It's a distinctive sound--not big band swing, with horns creating harmony. Nor is it modern jazz or "bebop," the post World War II style that relies on speeding tempos and virtuosic soloing. And it's not "pop" music, the form of music from the pre-rock 'n roll days.
New Orleans jazz is a style of music. Almost any song can be "jazzed" up with a New Orleans beat. Jazz is music for dancing, not listening, even though that is what modern jazz became in the 1950s and beyond. New Orleans Jazz has a swinging, stomping, syncopated beat that makes you want to dance! It also has a simple melodic quality that sounds dated to some today.

New Orleans Jazz is also heard in brass bands, the kind we hear in our Mardi Gras street parades. They rely on wind instruments and separate bass and snare drums, all of which can be carried.

Despite the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is getting ready for Mardi Gras 2006 that will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 28, 2006.

Updated info can be found in Experience New Orleans.com

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New Orleans Population:
- Before Katrina: 465,000
- After Katrina: 115,000

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