New Orleans is a party town. Even Katrina couldn’t keep the revelers away for long.
In 2004, before Katrina hit the shores of the Gulf Coast, the city of New Orleans had 10.1 million visitors, after the hurricane the number dropped to 3.7 million. Twelve years later, the New Orleans tourist industry is almost back to pre-Katrina crowds.
Bourbon Street is a major tourist attraction and its renovation was given high priority after the storm. It is now a top destination for partygoers, music fans and bachelorette parties. Even on weekday nights, the streets are packed with a wealth of humanity including tourists, business conference attendees, prostitutes, drug addicts and everything in between.
I spent two weeks on Bourbon Street in 2015 and 2017 documenting the debauchery and the wild spirit that the City of New Orleans is known for.