In New Orleans, New Year’s Eve is that happy occasion between Christmas and Twelfth Night. It’s a time to welcome in the new year with family and friends. There’s food, and – always – a band, and plenty of festivities to ring in the new year New Orleans style.
Of all New Orleans’ New Year’s festivities, one stands out above the rest: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Live music is the biggest draw here, with chart-topping artists playing before the huge crowds gathered near the Mississippi River banks, in front of Jax Brewery in the French Quarter. Performances begin at 9 p.m.
New Year’s Day in New Orleans is also synonymous with one of college football’s biggest matchups. The Allstate Sugar Bowl takes place on January 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Texas Longhorns will take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The festivities begin long before the game, though. On December 30 and 31, be part of the Allstate Fan Fest in the French Quarter, and at 3pm on December 31, head to the corner of Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street in the Quarter for the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade.
Visit NewOrleans.com for details on New Year’s events and other things to do throughout the Crescent City.
Louisiana’s Northshore — the name given to the region north of Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans — is brimming with activities throughout the year. New Year’s is no exception, either.
One of the highlights is the New Year’s Weekend Celebrations. This year you’ll find a variety of Roaring 20s parties happening across the Northshore. Find out more about each and every one of them here.
Louisiana’s capital city is alive with New Year’s activities. Among its can’t-miss events is the Red Stick Revelry. This downtown celebration doesn’t feature a ball-drop at midnight on December 31, but a custom-designed LED-lighted red stick on top of the Town Square Beacon. Rock out to live music downtown beforehand and ring in the new year with the locals.
Find more details on this and other Baton Rouge events at VisitBatonRouge.com.
Dress up and go out for an unforgettable evening in northeast Louisiana’s largest city, Monroe. The New Year’s Eve Fundraiser on the Terrace, a charity event benefiting Ouachita Parish families in need, is a black-tie event at Tower Place Terrace featuring live music, heavy appetizers, and complimentary cocktails.
Visit Monroe-WestMonroe.org for more travel ideas in northeast Louisiana.
North Louisiana’s cultural capital and largest city rings in the new year with a bang, featuring a bevy of events that get going days before the calendar turns to 2021.
New Year’s Eve is full of parties, starting with the Big Country New Years Eve Party, where complimentary champagne is served at midnight. We love a good theme party and know you do too, head to Clink 2021 at the Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in Shreveport where you’ll step back in time at a stunning roaring 20s themed party, VIP tickets include a full open bar and dinner.
Find out more about what’s going on in Shreveport and Bossier City by visiting Shreveport-Bossier.org.
Cajun Country’s de facto capital, Lafayette, gets in the celebratory spirit on the last day of the year. Families should check out the New Year’s Noon Carnival & Countdown at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, and more historically minded visitors will want to head over to living-history museum Vermilionville for its New Year’s Eve Dance, featuring GRAMMY®-nominated Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.
At Rock ‘n’ Bowl® de Lafayette, Cowboy Mouth and LVVRS will be ringing in the new year; and enjoy Last Night NYE: Return of the Roaring 20s at Lafayette Science Museum.