Whether you're in town for the Sugar Bowl, or just looking for something to do this New Year's Eve, New Orleans has just the party to suite your style! There are certain New Orleans New Year’s Eve traditions that shouldn’t be missed: the annual fleur-de-lis drop, the fireworks show over the Mississippi River and the live entertainment in Jackson Square. Here are our top ways to bring in 2018 in New Orleans.
The nation's most rockin' New Year's party is heading to New Orleans again! Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 will televise live from Jackson Square with performances live from headliners Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon beginning at 9:00 p.m. Consistently ranked one of the best fireworks displays in the nation, the official countdown to midnight begins at 11:45 p.m. When the clock strikes midnight, an 8-foot LED fleur de lis will drop from the top of Jax Brewery Condominiums, kicking off a spectacular 15-minute fireworks symphony over the Mississippi River. This incredible view is open to the public. You can get a great view of the fireworks along the Mississippi River at Washington Artillery Park or in Jackson Square.
For the comedy lovers, comedian Amy Schumer, with special guest Ani DiFranco, will be performing live on December 31 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, livenation.com or by calling 800.745.3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Although the show is at Mahalia Jackson, tickets are also available at the Saenger Theatre box office, 1111 Canal St., which is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Sugar Bowl Fan Fest is free to the public and open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31. It's located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot, 418 Decatur St. Both schools participating in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl will hold official pep rallies Dec. 31 as part of Fan Fest. Clemson's will start at 1 p.m. while Alabama will begin at 4:30 p.m. (times are approximate)
The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve Parade, a Mardi Gras-style parade with floats, bands and other participants, will begin at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The parade will travel through the French Quarter up Decatur Street along the Mississippi River, passing The Old U.S. Mint, the French Market, Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square.
Ring in 2018 with live music, incredible cuisine and panoramic views of the riverfront fireworks at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place. Named one of the best hotels to view fireworks by Travel + Leisure magazine, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place offers breathtaking views of the city's spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy a premium open bar, dance the night away with The Bucktown All-Stars, and cheers to the year ahead with a champagne toast at midnight.
The Hyatt-Regency will be hosting Big Night New Orleans and will feature open bars all night, food buffets by Hyatt's award-winning chefs, multiple party rooms and dance floors, nine incredible music acts and more! You can purchase tickets here.