New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

“In New Orleans, culture doesn’t come down from on high, it bubbles up from the streets.”

— Ellis Marsalis

No place anywhere on Earth is like New Orleans. When Ellis Marsalis appeared on the World Footprints podcast he echoed his quote above. James Carville told us that New Orleans is a place that just gets up in your skin. You’ll find their stories below.

Visit New Orleans, it is an ultimate place. There is so much more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras and the stories below touch on a variety of aspects that showcase the richness of The Big Easy.

You can learn about New Orleans‘ contribution to our rich American history (the full narratives), the music from jazz to zydeco, museums and food–ah, yes, the food!

Visit New Orleans, it is so big that it is known by many names:

  • The Big Easy.
  • Crescent City.
  • NOLA
  • Birthplace of Jazz.
  • The Hollywood South.
  • N’awlins.
  • Crawfish Town.
  • The Paris of the South.

Let the good times roll and you enjoy these stories about NOLA, a city that speaks to our heart and soul.

  •   World Footprints broadcast center at the Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans.  From left to right:  Mark Romig, Kelly Schulz, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Ian Fitzpatrick, Ed Cole.  (c) World Footprints Media In the second hour of our French Quarter Festival 2012 broadcast we will keep the good times rolling, Mark Romig, President of New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp (and a member of the famous Romig family) along with Zack Rosenburg, a Washington, DC transplant and very first CNN Hero. Zack will discuss the St. Bernard Project (SBP), a non-profit organization that aims to rebuild one of the most devastated parishes hit by Hurricane Katrina. SBP is also working in others areas around the United States that are in need. Finally, we will travel outside of New Orleans to Houma, Louisiana and hear what that city has to offer. We'll also talk about the FestiGals event, the ultimate girlfriend getaway. [...]

  • In our first hour of the 2012 French Quarter Festival broadcast we will celebrate our 5th anniversary of LIVE broadcasts from New Orleans by sharing sound bites from the previous years. You'll recognize prior guests and the comedy relief they offered on past shows; guests like Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and Chef Duke "Big Sexy" Locicero of Cafe Giovanni.  We'll also have new friends from the art and film community join us like Katie Williams with the New Orleans Film Office and Grace Wilson from the New Orleans Museum of Art.   We will welcome back French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm and our own Kelly Schulz from New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter. More than 1,500 community volunteers help to [...]

  • New Orleans has so much to offer and we'll introduce a few more of the New Orleans treasures including indie soul singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson who stops by to talk about how life in New Orleans has influenced her music and how she merged the culture of New Orleans with that of her home country of Sweden. She came to New Orleans in 1990 to play violin with fellow singer-songwriter and Swede, Anders Osborne. Nine years later, she left the band. Since then, Andersson has performed and recorded with several well-known New Orleans musicians Then, learn about a national treasure—The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park from Park Ranger Bruce Barnes. The Park provides a setting for sharing the cultural history of the people and places which helped to shape the development and progression of jazz in New Orleans. National Park Service staff present information and resources associated with the origins and early development of jazz, [...]

  • World Footprints Radio continues with its special broadcast from New Orleans during French Quarter Festival 2010. Stevie McKee will talk about the 7th Ward and Faubourg Treme, an historic neighborhood recently made famous by HBO. Then we’ll be rockin’ with the “Mick Jagger of the Marsh” and Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. Plus Patty Gay from the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center and jazz great Jeremy Davenport. Jeremy Davenport is a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. With his original lyrics and music, Jeremy infuses his unique style and mood of storytelling creating not only a modern edge, but also the distinct feeling of a lifestyle reminiscent of a time when Jazz was at its peak of popularity. He is known for his vocal and trumpet playing skills, as well as being a born entertainer.  French Quarter Festival is a free, annual music festival held in early April, located in the historic French Quarter of New [...]

  •   Mardi Gras Indian costume in the New Orleans African-American Museum.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints returns to New Orleans for our signature broadcast from Jackson Square for French Quarter Festival! During this hour we will share more "must see" museums, including the New Orleans African-American Museum.  We'll also speak to a local historian, Errol Laborde, editor at the New Orleans Magazine and we'll introduce "Mr. New Orleans" aka Stephen Perry, President/CEO of the New Orleans CVB.  Errol Laborde has won more than twenty-five New Orleans Press Club awards for outstanding journalism and the National City and Regional Magazine Association Award for his magazine Streetcar column. Finally, you'll hear from two "NOLA ambassadors" and fans of World Footprints who will share why they come back to the city every year.  Spoiler alert:  These special guests have been nicknamed "The Moms" by New Orleans Conventions and Visitors Bureau staff.  They are [...]

  •   Photo: (c) World Footprints MediaThe FQF crowd at Jackson Square in New Orleans.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints returns to New Orleans for our signature broadcast from Jackson Square for French Quarter Festival! During this broadcast we'll introduce you to All-Star musicians, Trumpeter Connie Jones and Clarinet player Tim Laughlin. Connie & Tim grace the cover of this year's French Quarter Festival poster.  We’ll also hear from French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, about the newest attractions that visitors will experience this year. As we all know, New Orleans is a foodie’s paradise and there is a new restaurant in town called Sylvain.  We’ll have a chance to talk with the proprietor Sean McCusker about some of his hottest recipes and unique cocktail menu.   In keeping the food theme going we’ll enjoy a conversation with Liz Williams from the Southern Food and Wine Museum. French Quarter Festival is a [...]

  • The best way to experience a city is through the eyes of a local.   We'll travel to New Orleans and walk along Paris’s rue des Martyrs with the people who know them best. Democratic consultant James Carville says that New Orleans is defined by its culture and way of life and that distinguishes the city from other places.  We'll talk to him to learn what he means by this. The beheading of Saint Denis, now the patron saint of France, was one of many events that occurred on the rue des Martyrs in Paris.  Accoring to author and New York Times writer, Elaine Sciolino, the rue des Martyrs was a cultural enclave where Degas and Renoir painted, Puccini replicated in his La Boheme opera and Edith Piaf would sing for a few francs.  Yet, this charming half-mile long street that is steeped in history has been overlooked in Paris guidebooks.  [...]

  • World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival (FQF) 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's newest culinary gem in Jackson Square.  This second hour of our FQF broadcast explores the unique history of New Orleans with two prominent professors from the University of New Orleans.    The diverse heritages of the people of New Orleans makes this city very unique, interesting and alive with traditions that are not found in any other city in the country.  New Orleans is a place where Africans intermingled with Native Americans and european settlers ultimately creating a sustainable culture that distinguishes New Orleans today.   Dr. Mary Mitchell, History Professor at UNO, joins us to discuss the African contributions to the city and the dynamics that slavery played in the development and culture of this city.   Most people don’t equate compassion and beauty when they think of Voodoo, [...]

  • Today's show will find World Footprints traveling to the crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road, revisiting a dark chapter in American history, and uncovering the best that New Orleans has to offer. The Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana is an antebellus plantation and sister property of the famous Greenbrier Resort in Virginia.  This historical jewel sits between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and contains a treasure trove of history within its walls.  We were pleased to spend a day with the planation's colorful owner, entrepreneur Kevin Kelly and learn what he is doing to preserve Houmas House as a living history and decorative arts showcase. Then, the greatest act of slave resistance in American history took place in 1811 just outside of New Orleans and has remained largely untold, until now.  Author Daniel Rasmussen joins us to discuss his book, American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt, and shed [...]

  • World Footprints celebrated in style for our 6th annual French Quarter Festival broadcast from the Big Easy in 2013! Our LIVE broadcast earned us a distinguished award from the North American Travel Journalists Association.

  • World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's newest culinary gem in Jackson Square.   The first hour of World Footprints showcase New Orleans international outreach, the arts and history.  We introduce a hidden gem, The New Orleans Historic Collection.  The Historic Collection  is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.  This year they are showcasing homegrown stars, The Boswell Sisters, and we are joined by the exhibit's curator Mark Cave.   We are pleased to introduce the granddaughter of Vet Boswell, Kyla Titus, who joins us to share treasured memories, her new book and her work to keep the memory of The Boswell Sisters alive. We also talk about a special event that the world is sharing this year--the 70th anniversary of the landing [...]

  • World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's newest culinary gem