New Orleans is located in Louisiana on the Mississippi River and close to the Gulf of Mexico. It is best known for its Mardi Gras carnival that usually takes place from January to February each year which is famed for its raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Affectionately known as the "Big Easy," it is also renowned for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.

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