This year, with the help of local leaders, New Orleans will see an expanded fireworks display across the city to help bring an end to the commemoration of the Tricentennial of New Orleans. Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember Jay H. Banks, and Chevron, along with additional support from the 2018 NOLA Foundation, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and New Orleans and Company have joined together to bring fireworks to over 70 neighborhoods with three additional end-of-year shows.
The events will take place in New Orleans East, Uptown, and Mid-City before capping off with the traditional display in the Central Business District at midnight. The added fireworks display conclude an unforgettable Tricentennial celebration that began in January.
“There is no better way to end the year than bringing fireworks to all New Orleans residents this New Year’s Eve,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Additional sites will create a more inclusive celebration of a cherished local tradition. New Orleans Police Department and New Orleans Fire Department have created a safe atmosphere for New Orleanians of all ages to join in and celebrate with us.”
The celebration begins in New Orleans East at 8:30 p.m., followed by City Park at 9:30 p.m., Uptown at 10:30 p.m., and conclude with the Downtown/CBD annual celebration at midnight. The added locations allowed for every city council district to be incorporated into the celebration, something that has never been done before.
“New Orleans has done a great job all year promoting its tricentennial, and we are pleased to support this celebration,” said Leah Brown, Chevron Manager -Policy, Government and Public Affairs. “New Orleans has a storied history that Chevron is proud to be a part of.”
At today’s press conference, Mayor Cantrell was joined by Councilmember Banks, Chevron Manager Leah Brown, NOTMC President/CEO Mark Romig, New Orleans and Company President and CEO Stephen Perry, and officials from the New Orleans Police Department and New Orleans Fire Department and David Spear from fireworks company Afx Pro to unveil the locations of the New Year’s Eve celebrations and to reflect on the city’s successful Tricentennial events.
“New Orleans has always been a great destination for New Year’s Eve,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “With the addition of three more fireworks displays, we are creating an opportunity for more visitors to our great city to participate in this great tradition.”
“All New Orleanians deserve the opportunity to participate in the Tricentennial and New Year’s Eve from the comfort of their neighborhood,” said Councilmember Banks. “I am glad I was able to work with our Mayor, Chevron and local tourism leaders to provide this opportunity for our community.”
The Tricentennial celebration commemorated the history, culture, and spirit of New Orleans over the past 300 years. The anniversary also marked an opportunity for officials to look forward to the next 300 years of New Orleans.
“New Orleans has always been ranked as one of the top ranked cities for New Year’s Eve,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of New Orleans and Company. “The great men and women in our hospitality industry are the best and they continue to provide both visitors and locals alike with an authentic and top notch New Orleans experience.”