It is well worth dealing with the heat and humidity to visit New Orleans in August. This city with a huge soul spills music from every pore. August has the bonus of the Louis Armstrong festival, with venues everywhere including a jazz band-led church service culminating in a "second-line" (dancers') parade through the streets. Cram in a swamp and plantation tours, the Mardi Gras float warehouse and above ground cemeteries and you think you've covered it all until you turn a corner to the bizarre sight of a street thronging with people, old and young, all dressed head to toe in white: white suits, hats, jeans, shorts, dresses, shoes. On White Linen Night, art galleries are open all evening, bars and food stalls line the streets and a mass of white dances to live bands. An amazing and slightly surreal experience.
Julia Street, New Orleans
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