The American Iris Society​

 ​The Society for Louisiana Irises

Greater New Orleans Iris Society




     Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest are the best known New Orleans celebrations. But the City has festivals to celebrate mirlitons, creole tomatoes, the French Quarter, cajun and zydeco music, Bastille Day, Tennessee Williams, Satchmo, Po-Boys, and many others. Celebrations are an exuberant part of New Orleans' culture.  

     The N. O. Convention and Visitors Bureau's listing of music, art, food and drink, theater and film and literary festivals is a great place to start a search.

     The City's long history and diverse cultural influences have created a unique blend reflected in the music, the food, the architecture, the celebrations and the art.  There's only one New Orleans.


     Local music has many sounds, but, like the iconic streetcars, they unmistakably say “New Orleans.” Check out who's playing where on the WWOZ Livewire Music Calendar.  Come and listen a while!

     There are many sources of information on the architectural styles in New Orleans.  The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission offers a nice 16 page pdf document with many pictures and other information.  And, has a starter page on the City's architecture with links to area plantations, gardens and other information useful in planning a trip. 

New Orleans' 300th Anniversary.  As one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities, New Orleans will celebrate with our citizens and open our doors to the world to share our rich history and culture. During the Tricentennial we will celebrate our past accomplishments, the resilience of our people and set the course for our future.

     Located on the lower Mississippi and surrounded by water and wetlands, New Orleans had to adapt. Forced to be compact, the architectural styles that evolved present sights not found elsewhere. From French Quarter courtyards to down river and uptown neighborhoods, you won’t see this stuff at home. 

     From the City it is only a short drive to swamps, marsh and wild irises. We hope you will come and see them in New Orleans.  There are numerous swamp tours in the area, but no comprehensive list.  A search on your web browser will find many. 
     If it's wild I. giganticaeruleas you want to see, a good option is a drive 20 miles south to the Town of Jean Lafitte or to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, if you can hit the irises in bloom.  They generally are a week ahead of bloom in New Orleans.  There are boardwalks at both places that offer easy access.  Due to damage from various hurricanes, there have not been as many irises visible in recent years.  Swamp tours in outlying areas are another possibility.  One good one for irises is Attakapas Adventures, about an hour and a half from New Orleans.


     Today there are more home-grown restaurants flourishing in the City than before Katrina despite a smaller population. From fine dining to neighborhood haunts, you won’t be hungry long.  A rich source of information on dining in New Orleans is Tom Fitzmorris' website The New Orleans Menu.