New Year's Eve in New Orleans
New Orleans is known for putting a twist on every holiday, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Whether it’s the fleur-de-lis drop, the fireworks, or the parties throughout the city, New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is one-of-a-kind. This year’s activities start early on December 31st and will last throughout the first day of 2017. Plus, the legendary “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is adding some funk to their celebration – the Central Time Zone countdown to 2017 will be aired from New Orleans!
Between family-friendly activities during the day and parties all night long, there’s something for everyone on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. See below for events you won’t want to miss.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
The legendary New Year’s countdown holds its first Central Time Zone countdown in New Orleans this year! Lucy Hale, star of “Pretty Little Liars” will host the countdown from outside of Jax Brewery and cover the fleur-de-lis drop. The festivities feature incredible artists like Jason Derulo and Panic! At the Disco. Whether you’re in the midst of the mayhem in Jackson Square, or at home on the couch tuning into ABC â€“ this is a New Year’s Eve countdown not to be missed!
Zoo Year’s Eve
Head to Audubon Zoo from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration! The event will feature music, games, prizes, and a countdown to Noon. The event is free for Audubon members or included with Zoo admission.
Louisiana Children’s Museum New Year’s Eve Countdown
For another great family-friendly event to ring in 2017, head to the Louisiana Children's Museum for music, arts & crafts, and a New Year’s countdown. The event lasts from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and tickets are available via the museum for $10 per person.
Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade
No holiday in NOLA is complete without a parade! Head to the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 3:30 p.m. to catch this Mardi Gras-style parade with floats, bands, and more. The parade will proceed through the French Quarter, past Allstate Fan Fest, and wrap up at Canal Street.
Jackson Square Celebrations
For an annual tradition with some New Orleans flair, make your way to Jackson Square in the hours leading up to midnight for live music, a view of the fleur-de-lis drop, and a spectacular fireworks show, Symphony in the Sky. Admission is FREE and open to the public.