Our city: New Orleans
Our country: United States of America
Our timezone: Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
Our longitude is: 29° 927'
Our latiude is: -90° 102'
We wear these clothes: On ordinary days the people of New Orleans dress like most Americans, though with more lightweight summer wear such as white linen and seersucker suits. For Mardi Gras costumes are everywhere from Mardi Gras Indians with their elaborate beading and feathers to family Dalmatian costumes. Many people wear formal clothes for holiday balls.
We eat these foods: Food is a passion in New Orleans. People like to cook, like to eat, and like to talk about food; food is tradition. Monday is red beans and rice day, evolving from wash day on Monday. Cooking beans slowly allowed the women to wash the clothes. You can eat red beans and rice at home or almost any restaurant in New Orleans on Monday. Men, women and children cook, and share their skills. Favorite dishes are many: gumbo, rice, jambalaya, crab cakes, shrimp pasta, oyster stew, stuffed mirliton, baked and fried fish, greens, hot grits in the morning, biscuits, vegetables, mustard greens and cornbread with a pork chop on the side, beans, potato salad, - all the basics - cakes, pies, potato bread, jelly cake. Common to many dishes are the 'trinity': onions, sweet peppers and celery. Of course, there are also garlic, tomatoes and spices. Natives boil spicy shrimp, crabs, and crawfish with corn, potatoes, and sausage outdoors with butane burners or pick them up at favorite restaurants when the pots are emptied. A sign in a local restaurant states, 'There are four seasons in New Orleans: shrimp, crab, crawfish, and King Cake.' Ethnic restaurants abound, ranging from French, German, soul food, Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, and Japanese. The quest for good food is a social equalizer in New Orleans.
We grow these foods: Many people have small gardens in New Orleans for lettuce, tomatoes and mirliton vines. Fig trees are common. City markets sell regional fresh produce, and supply many of the local homes and restaurants. Fresh fish, shrimp, crawfish, and crabs are available from local fishermen.
We practice these religions: Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Judaism, Muslim, Buddist, Hindu
We speak these languages: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, German, Italian
These animals live in our area: Though New Orleans is an urban area, animals abound. The New Orleans Police Department has a special task force to remove alligators that occasionally make themselves at home in people's back yards. Bats, armadillos and opossums prowl in the night. The nutria is a large (10-15 pound) semi-aquatic rodent that lives in the canals of New Orleans. The nutria was introduced to Louisiana in the 1930's for its fur, but its population has grown rapidly, and now is regarded as a pest. The more ordinary raccoons and squirrels enjoy the trees and parks.
New Orleans in surrounded by water: the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, and the marsh. There are many kinds of water birds in New Orleans: pelicans, ducks, geese, egrets, cormorants, sea gulls, herons. New Orleans is on the flyway to South America and many species of migratory birds pass through the city on their way to their final destination
These industries support our local economy: The port of New Orleans is a major business, with barge traffic from the northern US on the Mississippi River and access to ship traffic from the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 70% of the grain in the US is shipped through the port of New Orleans. Approximately 20% of nation's oil comes from Louisiana and many of the major oil companies have offices in New Orleans. The tourist industry is important to the economy, with over 7 million tourists from the US, South and Central America, and Europe in 2007.
We use these types of transportation: Cars and trucks are the most common forms of transportation. We also have a public bus and streetcar system. Ferries are used to carry boats and people across the Mississippi River. There is barge and ship traffic in the Mississippi River. Sailing and motor boating are popular in Lake Ponchartrain.