Why New Orleans Is My Favorite American City

Panama Jackson

 

Opinion:

 

This is an excerpt of an article originally published in The Root. Read the rest here.

 

1. Cliché as this will be, I’m starting with the quite obvious ability to walk around with that drank. Sure, Bourbon Street smells like Hurl of Christmas Past and you’re likely to see a person laid out face down in the street, not dead, just passed out from all of the Everclear 151 and sugar mixtures. Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Anti-Freeze, oh my! And the fishbowls, lawd the fishbowls. Drink responsibly, of course. But man, the ability to truly keep the party going at any and all times puts New Orleans at the top of the list by default. True story: I was in a liquor store at 10:30 am on a Sunday and a dude from New York City asked me if he could really drink his beer outside. I said, “Yes, sir.” He smiled at me, popped the top on his Coors Light, cheers’d me and said, “Thank you, young man. I see a long life in your future!” I said, “You’re welcome, Jesus! Enjoy.” True story.

 

2. Food probably should have been number one, but it matters not, honestly. I am in New Orleans from Thursday until Monday morning. By Friday, I could pretty much only eat once a day because that first meal would be so filling (plus the liquor imbibed alongside it) that I felt almost unable to move. For three of the four days I was out in the New Orleans streets, I wasn’t right, man. But I couldn’t stop eating. Can’t stop, won’t stop eating that bananas foster.

 

 

3. For week 2, the New Orleans Saints welcomed the Cleveland Browns to the Superdome. Listen, in my entire life, I’ve never seen that many Browns fans ever. Not even at Browns games. Yet, the whole city seemed overrun by folks rooting for—the Cleveland Browns! I was so confused. But then I realized, if there’s ANY city worth traveling out of town to see your perennial trash team while paying several hundred dollars in flights, hotels and game tickets, it would be New Orleans. Sure your team is trash, but you can drink away the norm from 8 a.m .until you just can’t drink no more. That’s New Orleans.

 

4. I love the accents. So much. So so much.

 

5. New Orleans has such a distinctly different culture and history from any other city in America (except maaaaaybe Mobile; they share much of the same cultural markers). The influence of their colonizers is heavily felt and flipped into a party. New Orleans is a city of celebration and has meshed so many different cultures (religious, geographic, ethnic) into a huge melting pot of ... something. Whatever it is, I love it long time.

 

Author Bio:

Panama Jackson is the Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas. He's pretty fly for a light guy. You can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking all her brown liquors.

 

This is an excerpt of an article originally published in The Root. Read the rest here.

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