It’s almost time for the new decade to start! How exciting would it be to celebrate 2020 in the Crescent City? Here are five ways to ring in the New Year in New Orleans:
1) Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade
New Year’s Eve Day – 2:45pm – 4:00pm
The parade will begin at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street, then head up Decatur along the Mississippi River, then finish on Canal Street, near the Audubon Butterfly Garden, which is less than 4 miles from 1896 O’Malley House, and on the streetcar line!
2) New Year’s Rockin’ Eve at Jax Brewery
New Year’s Eve starting at 9pm – Midnight
Gather outside Jax Brewery to see live music performances at 9pm and 10:30pm, and enjoy fireworks and the countdown to the dropping of the Fleur de Lis. You can ride the streetcar to the corner of Canal at Decatur then walk a short distance to Jax.
3) New Year’s Eve in BB’s Stage Door Canteen
New Year’s Eve, 9pm – 1am
For a more upscale and elegant night out, head to the WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen, for a 1940’s themed dance, which will include a bellini to start, followed by a four-course seated dinner with beer and wine, dancing to the sounds of the 40s with Spencer Racca, Dody Piper, and the Victory Swing Orchestra, and then finishing with a champagne toast and a midnight chocolate buffet. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and vintage glam is the dress code – no jeans!
4) New Year’s Eve Steamboat Cruise
Both the Steamboat Natchez and the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen have special New Year’s Eve cruises with buffets, open bars, live music and the chance to see the New Year’s fireworks up close and personal. Purchase tickets in advance.
5) Crescent Park for the Fireworks!
To finish, a free way to spend the evening – Crescent Park is open until 1am on New Year’s Eve for a great place to watch the fireworks on the River. If you’re still ready to party after, you can head to one of the hot spots in Bywater and Faubourg Marigny!
No matter what you do, New Orleans is a great place to ring in the New Year!