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New Year's Eve in New Orleans
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve returns to NOLA for the third year

New Orleans

Of all New Orleans’ New Year’s festivities, one stands out above the rest: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Live music is the biggest draw here, with chart-topping artists playing before the huge crowds gathered near the Mississippi River banks, in front of Jax Brewery in the French Quarter. Performances begin at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Day in New Orleans is also synonymous with one of college football’s biggest matchups. The Allstate Sugar Bowl takes place on January 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Texas Longhorns will take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The festivities begin long before the game, though. On December 30 and 31, be part of the Allstate Fan Fest in the French Quarter, and on December 31, head to the corner of Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street in the Quarter for the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade.

Visit neworleans.com for details on New Year’s events and other things to do throughout the Crescent City.

Northshore

Louisiana’s Northshore — the name given to the region north of Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans — is brimming with activities throughout the year. New Year’s is no exception, either.

One of the highlights is the New Year’s Weekend Celebration at Hidden Oaks Family Campground in Hammond, held December 28 through January 1. Live music, a big bonfire, and a midnight Champagne toast are all part of the celebrations.

Hidden Oaks is just one of the campgrounds hosting New Year’s weekend fun. Reunion Lake RV Resort in Ponchatoula and Indian Creek Campground in Independence have New Year’s events going on, and ATV park Tower Trax Recreation Park in Fluker has a huge music-filled weekend in store, running from December 28 through 30.

Visit tangitourism.com for more information on things to do, including New Year’s celebrations, in the area.

Baton Rouge

Louisiana’s capital city is alive with New Year’s activities. Among its can’t-miss events is the Red Stick Revelry. This downtown celebration doesn’t feature a ball-drop at midnight on December 31, but a custom designed LED-lighted red stick on top of the Town Square Beacon. Rock out to live music downtown beforehand and ring in the new year with the locals.

Find more details on this and other Baton Rouge events at visitbatonrouge.com.

Monroe-West Monroe

Dress up and go out for an unforgettable evening in northeast Louisiana’s largest city, Monroe. The New Year’s Eve Fundraiser on the Terrace, a charity event benefiting Ouachita Parish families in need, is a black-tie event at Tower Place Terrace featuring live music, heavy appetizers, and complimentary cocktails.

Visit monroe-westmonroe.org for more travel ideas in northeast Louisiana.

Shreveport-Bossier City

North Louisiana’s cultural capital and largest city rings in the new year with a bang, featuring a bevy of events that get going days before the calendar turns to 2019.

Highlights? There are almost too many to count. Start with the Last Beer of the Year celebration on December 29 at Great Raft Brewing, where live music, fireworks and (of course) craft beer are on the menu.

New Year’s Eve is full of parties, starting with the Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Party at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City. The downtown Rock the Clock New Year’s Eve Celebration takes place in downtown Shreveport venue 421 Texas, where complimentary Champagne and hors-d'oeuvres are served. A Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party at Shreveport’s legendary Noble Savage Tavern will have awesome live music and a five-course meal, and at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport, Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters will be playing into the late hours of 2018.

Find out more about what’s going on in Shreveport and Bossier City by visiting shreveport-bossier.org.

Lafayette

Cajun Country’s de facto capital, Lafayette, gets in the celebratory spirit on the last day of the year. Families should check out the New Year’s Noon Carnival & Countdown at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, and more historically minded visitors will want to head over to living-history museum Vermilionville for its New Year’s Eve Dance, featuring GRAMMY-nominated Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.

At Warehouse 535, Lafayette’s Bayou Boys are playing the Honky Tonkin’ for Hospice celebration; at Rock ‘n’ Bowl® de Lafayette, Neutral Snap and Social Circle & Magic Crawfish will be ringing in the new year; and in neighboring Broussard, Classic Country Roundup is playing at The Ballroom of Broussard.

Discover Lafayette’s thriving cultural scene by visiting lafayettetravel.com.

Posted: Tue, 12/04/2018