The New Orleans City Flag

The New Orleans city flag.

The New Orleans city flag is a city flag that shows a strong tie to the city’s historical roots. The New Orleans city flag design consists of a white background with two small stripes (red, blue) along the top and bottom of the flag. At the center of the flag are three gold fleurs-de-lis, which is a traditional French symbol. Each of the colors of the New Orleans city flag also has a unique meaning. The white background means government, the red stripe symbolizes fraternity, and the blue strip symbolizes liberty. The colors of the flag are red, white and blue – the same colors as the French and American flags. The New Orleans city flag was officially adopted in 1918.

About the city of New Orleans

New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana with a population of about 343,000. New Orleans is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. This is largely due to the annual Mardis Gras celebration (image at the bottom of the post). Despite the giant celebration and wild behavior that is witnessed annually at Mardis Gras; the festival actually has religious roots that signify the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.  New Orleans is rich in culture, as there are numerous French and Spanish influences throughout the city. Economically, New Orleans is one of the largest port, and trading cities in the world. This is because of its prime location on the Gulf of Mexico and at the mouth of the Mississippi River. New Orleans is also home to two professional sports teams, the Saints of the NFL and the Pelicans of the NBA.

Image of the New Orleans skyline.

New Orleans Fun Facts

  • Numerous celebrities were born in New Orleans, including; Reese Witherspoon, Ellen DeGeneres and Harry Connick Jr.
  • The French Quarter, a popular shopping and entertainment district, was originally built to be a hurricane shelter.
  • The Super Dome, home of the New Orleans Saints, is the largest enclosed arena in the world.
  • Many bars are open 24 hours a day because of the numerous festivities and celebrations.
  • Poker, craps and jazz music were invented here.
  • New Orleans was the largest Confederate city during the Civil War.
  • The nearby Causeway Bridge is the longest continuous bridge in the world.

Image of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.


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