Louis Armstrong is kind of a big deal in New Orleans. He has a park and the airport named after him.

Louis Armstrong Park is 31 acres of bridges, beautiful landscaping, art, and places to make beautiful music.

According to the City of New Orleans website, "In a city famous for its musical traditions, perhaps no other single location claims as much musical and cultural history and importance as Louis Armstrong.  Located at 701 N. Rampart Street on the edge of the French Quarter, the park is dedicated to one of the City’s most celebrated native sons and to the tradition of jazz in the City.  The park is located in the Tremé neighborhood, the birthplace of many of New Orleans' most famous jazz musicians.  The National Park Service has an active presence in the park.

Within the park, confines the historic Congo Square. Formerly known as Place de Negres, it took its name from the tradition of slaves who gathered there on Sundays, their day off, to sing, beat drums, sell home-made goods, and celebrate. The park annually hosts Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Red Dress Run, weddings, festivals, concerts, filming and more."

On a walking tour, we learned that Marie Laveau, a well respected Voodoo Queen, would hold meetings and services in Congo Square. So much history in one place.

While I was there, we didn't walk the entire park, but the parts we did see were beautiful. The landscaping and art throughout the park was truly as pretty as a picture.

Congo Square and New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park within Louis Armstrong Park are both Nationally Registered Historic Landmarks.

Also, I would like to note that New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Zeta about a week after we were there. It is very humbling to know that we just missed the storm and it is great to see that the places we patronized seem to be bouncing back and doing fine!

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