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Ah, the Big Easy, famous for Mardi Gras, voodoo, and jazz music, despite not inventing any of these. Also hurricanes. The French have an embassy there. If you want to sound like a local, make sure you pronounce it with two syllables, something like "n'aw-lins".
Note: Tourists think they're hot shit when they attempt that last bit. To not come off as a douchebag, just go with "New-OH'rlins". Once you've lived here a couple years, your speech will naturally slur it down to "N'awlins," but don't force it.
New Orleans in popular media:
- Season 9 of The Real World
- All Dogs Go to Heaven
- Chief Wiggum PI, the fake spinoff of The Simpsons
- The James Bond movie Live and Let Die.
- New Orleans a 1947 film starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew features its Earth-C counterpart, "Mew Orleans."
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, though it averts most tropes associated with the city
- Abby Scuito from NCIS hails from the city and would like to point out that the jazz is played after the burial.
- Left 4 Dead 2's "The Parish" campaign takes place in the French Quarter.
- Anne Rice. She authors some quite exquisite scenery about the Big Easy: Exit to Eden, Interview With a Vampire, Belinda, Feast of All Saints, Blood Canticle, Blackwood Farms, Taltos, The Witching Hour, Memnoch the Devil, and The Tale of the Body Thief.
- The Princess and the Frog
- Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans
- HBO's Treme, from the creators of The Wire.
- Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
- The Expendables. Oddly, the city is established by a sweeping crane shot of... Baton Rouge.
- The first Gabriel Knight.
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Gone with the Wind -- Rhett and Scarlett honeymoon in New Orleans
- FoxTrot -- Roger and Andy honeymooned here too.
- A Confederacy of Dunces, which many locals consider the most accurate portrayal the city has ever gotten.