Did You Know? Fun Facts About New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.As we are prepping for the 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans next March, perhaps you are planning your itinerary and thinking of how to spend time when you are not attending AACTE22 sessions. AACTE staff stumbled upon some interesting information about the city and found there is a lot more to New Orleans than one would think.  

Did you know?

  • New Orleans’ popular Bourbon Street was named after the French Bourbon dynasty, not the whiskey.
  • It is illegal to ride on any Mardi Gras float in the city without wearing a Mardi Gras mask.
  • New Orleans is known as one of the most haunted cities in the United States, with many creepy old mansions and graveyards to visit.
  • The city houses the oldest continuously used cathedral in the country, the St. Louis Cathedral.
  • While many people consider the city the prime destination for Mardi Gras activities, Mobile, Alabama actually held the first Mardi Gras party in America.
  • New Orleans is the first home of the American Mafia.
  • While the town is known for Cajun food, the predominant type of food cooked there is in fact Creole.
  • The city was home to the first pharmacist in America, Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. His shop on Chartres Street still stands today, albeit as a pharmacy museum.

We hope this gets you intrigued and excited to travel to New Orleans for the Annual Meeting, March 4-6, and explore these fun facts about the city. To plan your stay, check out, visit links to diningattractionsshoppingmuseumstoursnightlifecultural arts, and so, so much more.

AACTE Annual Meeting events will take place at the New Orleans Marriott and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Now is great time to make your hotel reservations and secure your room.

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130
(504) 581-1000
Reserve a room at the Marriott
Room Rate: $229 single/double

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130
(504) 525-2500
Reserve a room at the Sheraton
Room rate: $229 single/double

Register now for the AACTE 2022 Annual Meeting to receive discounted rates. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit www.aacte.org for additional information, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #AACTE22.


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