New Orleans Tricentennial

Tall Ships Arrive In New Orleans

Apr 20, 2018
Natalie Yahr / WWNO

Kicking off a weekend of tricentennial events, New Orleans welcomed unusual guests to her shores Thursday - six historic sailing ships. 

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This year marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans. On this week's show, we toast the Crescent City with local culture bearers and historians.

Patrick Shannon

As the city marks its tricentennial year, curator and artist Dr. Fari Nzinga is making sure people of color are not left out of history or the conversation around it. Her exhibit, The Rent Is Too Damn High!, will open on Saturday, April 7 at the Crescent City Boxing Gym. Fari joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about the work behind and in front of her exhibit.

This evening (Thursday) kicks off the tricentennial symposium ‘Making New Orleans Home.’ Organized by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the City, the event highlights 300 years of New Orleans history. Cokie Roberts is the keynote speaker. Roberts is a political commentator and a native New Orleanian - who now lives in the DC area. She says the tricentennial’s a big deal, and even though people up north might not care about the tricentennial, "they care about New Orleans.

Image courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection held a ribbon cutting ceremony, Tuesday, February 27th, to launch a tricentennial exhibition. French dignitaries, Mayor Landrieu, City Council members, and community partners gathered on Royal Street to usher in the opening.

New Orleans is making 300 this year, so we've been thinking about our city's past, present, and future. We asked:

1)    If you could get in a time machine, what moment in time would you go back to see? Why?

2)    If you could travel ahead in the future, what would you hope to see in New Orleans? Why?

We got far more great responses than could fit in the show.  Here are some of our favorites or you can check out a more comprehensive list here.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Officials from Orleans, France, wrapped up several days of events marking a sister city agreement with the city of New Orleans.  They attended the Joan of Arc parade over the weekend, as well as the official start of Carnival marked at Mardi Gras World.  The city designation coincides with the Louisiana city’s Tricentennial celebrations.

Library of Congress

In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to The Battle of New Orleans, in a segment we call Pirates and Nuns.

Patrick Melon / Melon the Scribe

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll discuss the Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants with Scott Hutcheson, advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Cultural Economy. 

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The New Orleans home where French impressionist  Edgar Degas lived for a year in the 19th century has unveiled a statue of one of the artist’s most iconic images.  

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