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New Orleans Celebrates The New Year

New Orleans celebrates life, so it's no wonder we celebrate the beginning of a new year of life to enjoy with friends and family. Come join our celebration of life and have the time of yours. Remember in New Orleans, the party doesn't end at midnight. It's just getting started then. There's lots of fun and live music in the French Quarter and on Frenchmen Street.

A NOLA New Year's Eve

The big celebration in New Orleans is in Jackson Square on New Year's Eve happens in Jackson Square, where beginning at 9 pm, local music accompanies the famous Fleur de Lis drop. This huge street party culminates with the midnight fireworks over the Mississippi River. Of course, the French Quarter will be buzzing for hours afterwards. Admission is free. Here's this year's schedule.

New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks Cruise

The Paddlewheeler, the Creole Queen is sailing from the Riverwalk at the Canal Street Dock on New Year's Eve. You can enjoy the fireworks show on the river and enjoy a great meal. Check the official website for details.

Celebration On The River

The Steamboat Natchez also has a later cruise and will open the gangway for boarding at 9:30pm. Departing for a New Year's Eve at 10:30, you will enjoy a magical two hour cruise. This is the one of the best venues to enjoy the midnight fireworks. There is a premium open bar, with dancing and romancing to the tunes of a local band. A Dinner Buffet will add to the evening and a toast of champagne will help you welcome 2012 in our "New" New Orleans. Party Favors for everyone! Adults $175 inclusive. Early on-line reservations are encouraged.

Royal Sonesta and Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta hotel in the French Quarter offers food drink and best of all, great jazz. It all starts at 7:30 with Passed Hors d’oeuvres with wine during reception, then a 5 Course Dinner Paired with Wine at 8pm (live music during dinner & reception). at 9:45 p.m. Stroll from Fleur de Lis Suite to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse with and Open Premium Bar and Custom Martini Bar till 2 am. Veuve Cliquot Toast at Midnight with Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse Revue featuring Irvin Mayfield and special guests. Cocktail Attire Required. 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. $500.00 per Ticket Inclusive of Tax, Gratuity & Parking in the Hotel's Garage. But, for $250.00 you can do either dinner or the party after. Guests can attend the Dinner OR the Jazz Playhouse Revue for $250 per person, per event which includes parking, taxes and gratuity. The Dinner includes a cocktail reception, a 5-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment in the Fleur de Lis Suite from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. and parking. The Show from 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. includes an exclusive performance by Irvin Mayfield and the Playhouse Revue, open premium bar, Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast at Midnight and parking. dinner menu.

The Riverview Room Celebration

The Riverview room at the Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., is the site of a more elegant festivity. Billed as the "Times Square of the South," the celebration begins takes place from 9 pm-1 am. The party inlcudes a full buffet dinner, a premium open bar, champagne, and favors. There's music and some of the greatest views of the river, so you can enjoy the fireworks from an elegant setting. Reservtions are required, and cocktail attire, black tie is encouraged. Visit the Riverview website or call(888)236-8260, or locally(504)525-3000. Tickets are $165 per person.

The Westin at Canal Place

One reason why I love the Westin at Canal Place is that the lobby is on the 11th floor with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. It's just a beautiful place to be anytime. But on New Year's Eve each year they host a New Year's Eve party on the 11th floor that's fantastic. There's the Green Bar, River 127' Restaurant and Crescent Ballroom, and the party is complete with a 5 hour open bar and gourmet buffet with raw oyster bar. There will be musical performances by the renowned Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys as well as DJ Aaron and the comic pianics of Uncle Wayne. Cost is $175 per person. For resevations click here.

Tipitina's Uptown

If you like funk, blues and jazz, you'll want to be Tipitina's Uptown. There's always a great New Year's Eve show at Tip's, Doors open at 9:00. 501 Napoleon Ave. 504-895-TIPS the website.

House of Blues

The House of Blues always has a great concert and an open bar for New Year's Eve.

At The Joy Theater enjoy Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers along with Big Sam's Funky Nation

New Year's For Kids

The Louisiana Children's Museum hosts a party just for kids on every New Year's Eve from 9:30am-2:30 pm. There's a balloon launch and confetti drop to ring in the new year kid style, at the stroke of noon. There's also special musical guests and creative fun for the kids. Tickets are $10 per person for nonmembers and $3 for members. Reservations are required.

Noon Year's Eve

The Audubon Zoo celebrates Noon New Year's Eve starting at 10am features a Radio Disney Dance Party.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl

Stick around and make it to the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jaunary 3, 2012. Even if you can't get tickets for the big game the surrounding activities include music, and food and are free to the public.

Then on January 9th LSU and Alabama will fight it out for NO. 1 in the BCS Championship Game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Now this is a game you don't want to miss.

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