Explore New Orleans

Culture of New Orleans

New Orleans has a musical sound all of it's own. Studying here connects you to some of the city's musical legends like Dr. Michael White, Dr. John Ware and Dr. Tim Turner and lets you experience signature sounds like jazz, Blues, Zydeco, R&B and Bounce.

A true "Melting Pot," New Orleans is known for having some of the best cuisine in the nation. Being a port city, New Orleans food is heavily influenced by a rich history of diverse ethnic groups including Creoles and Cajuns. Foods originating in New Orleans include Po' boy and Muffuletta sandwiches, Oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, Pompano en Papillote and Bananas Foster, among many others.

From Southern Art to World War II to Mardi Gras Indian Culture, New Orleans has some of the most unique museums in the country. Some places take days to explore while others are perfect for an afternoon exploration. No matter your interest, New Orleans has something to offer. 


Throw me something Mister is the call of the season and Mardi Gras is a must do in New Orleans. No one does Carnival quite like the Crescent City. Beginning on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, the city is obsessed with costuming, bead-tossing and parading that increases in intensity as Ash Wednesday nears. 

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Home of the Who Dat nation, New Orleans boasts a community that a Super Bowl Champion NFL Team, an NBA team, minor league baseball, and collegiate sports to follow at all levels. With an excited fan base there is always a great tailgate to attend. 

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Signature Events

Jazz Fest

April 26th - May 5th, 2019

In April of 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade… and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.

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Allstate Sugar Bowl

January 1st, 2019

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French Quarter Festival

April 11th - April 14th, 2019

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New Years Celebration

December 31st - January 1st

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New Orleans Film Festival

October 17th - 25th, 2018

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Essence Fest

Early July

The premier music festival of the Summer, Essence Fest, featured in the movie Girls Trip, attracts visitors from around the world to New Orleans every 4th of July weekend to enjoy internationally known R&B recording artists and celebrate black culture with seminars, workshops, and entertainment all in the Big Easy. 

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Leading Industries

Xavier University students are encouraged to engage in an array of experiential learning opportunities with leading industries, including internships, co-ops, summer employment and collaborative research initiatives, with support from faculty mentors and practicum coordinators. A brief overview of potential interdisciplinary industrial opportunities follows:

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Xavier Researchers featured at New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC, 2018)
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Health Industry

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Banking Industry

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Energy Industry

  • Annual Energy Outlook (EIA, 2018)
  • Oil and Gas Industry Outlook (Deloitte, 2018)

Maritime Industry

  • Louisiana leads country in domestic maritime industry, report shows (nola.com, 2014)
  • Tidewater, Inc, one of Louisiana’s top companies. (GNO Inc., 2018)

Xavier University's
Relationship with New Orleans

2018 is a major milestone in the history of Xavier University of Louisiana, founded in 1925 by St. Katherine Drexel and of the City of New Orleans. The City celebrates its Tricentennial Anniversary, since its founding in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, its formalized Sister City Relationship with Orleans, France and the inauguration of its first female mayor, Xavier University of Louisiana alumna, La Toya Cantrell. Xavier was also the Alma Mater for New Orleans’ first Black Mayor, Ernest Nathan “Dutch” Morial (1929-1989).

Xavier’s mutually beneficial relationship with the City of New Orleans has weathered hurricanes, recessions, world wars, and helped usher in advances in civil rights, economic development, poverty mitigation, employment opportunities, environmental sustainability, community engagement, collaborative research and educational advancement in arts, sciences, biomedical research, humanities, social sciences, pharmacy and pre-medical training.

Xavier has provided the City, the Nation and the World with scholars, inventors, musicians, artists, pre-K through 12 teachers, social workers, physicians, scientists, collegiate faculty, politicians, lawyers, judges, corporate CEO’s, non-profit Agency executive directors, professional athletes, diplomats, Surgeons General, Admirals, Generals, Federal Cabinet Secretaries, and University Presidents. 

Xavier students, faculty, staff and alumni have actively contributed to the success of major New Orleans events, including Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, the SuperBowl, Essence Festival, as well as a wide array of professional conferences and scholarly symposia.