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Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Celebrations on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans go on around the clock the day before Mardi Gras.

Rue Bourbon was named after the French Royal Family in 1721 well before the American whiskey was developed in the 1820’s. It started out as a residential street and gradually turned into America’s party central. The street is lined with bars, restaurants, music clubs and upper story, cast iron balconies. It is closed to vehicles in the evening hours and pedestrians are permitted by law to walk the street with an open container or go-cup in hand.
The yellow and white building on the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse Streets (across the street from the curbside chess match), is the old French Opera House. Opened in 1859 it featured Rossini’s Guillaume Tell for its first show and was said to be as good as any opera house in Paris. Presently it features live rock bands.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10700x5350
Taken: 16/02/2015
Uploaded: 30/03/2016
Updated: 18/04/2016
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Tags: party; chess; bars; french quarter; toulouse; alcohol
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