300 YEARS

(Photography & Written By: Jessica Bilich)

Imagine a world where Mardi Gras didn’t exist. A world where the Pelicans and Saints didn’t exist. A world without a city where places and people from different races, backgrounds, religions, and cultures come together and coexist in one place. A world without a place so bright, colorful, and full of life. A world without a city where you can dance in the streets at any hour of the day or night. A world without second lining. A world without a city where wearing costumes for every and any event and holiday is the norm. A world without a place where you can just be yourself and be free. A world without a city so loud and musical. A world without brass bands and the place that gave Jazz music life. A world without a place so unique, artistic, and historical. A world without street performers, Mardi Gras Indians, and live painters. A world without the oldest and most gorgeous live oak trees. A world without a city that gave us beignets, king cake, crawfish, gumbo, red beans and rice, and other delectable, creative, and well-known dishes. A world without a city so powerful and resilient. A world without some of the most passionate and faithful people. A world without a city full of people willing to help others in need without hesitation. A world without a city full of hope, heart, and unity. A world without our families, our friends, and our neighbors. A world without the place we call home. A world without one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Can you imagine this world without New Orleans? Three hundred years ago, the city of New Orleans was born. We the people of New Orleans were born. And, the world became a better place. 


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