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New Orleans, also known as "The Big Easy," is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States.
The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in central France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
Alternate versions of New Orleans have been discovered in the multiverse:
- New Otumba (Aztec Empire)
- New Orleans (British Louisiana)
- New Orleans (Short-lived US)
- New Orleans (Days After Chaos)
Other key events in the city in the multiverse include:
- Battle of New Orleans (Short-lived US)