New Orleans Musical Legends Park: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

New Orleans Musical Legends Park: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

*New Orleans – “The city of New Orleans welcomed 9.52 million visitors in 2014 that spent a record-breaking $6.81 billion, according to a University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center Study commissioned by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). The spending is the highest in the city’s history, more than doubling post-Katrina numbers from 2006.”

This is the perfect time for you to discover New Orleans, the culturally enriched city in the nation. You too can be in the numbers, so that you can tour New Orleans to partake of its rich history, mouthwatering cuisine, and vibrant architecture, enjoy the endless cultural events and leisure activities.

The New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a gem, in the heart of the French Quarter. Whenever I’m in town, I take a break from the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street to relax in the New Orleans Musical Legends Park.

I like to sit down with a hot cup of coffee and beignets from Café Beignets while enjoying some jazz in a relaxing atmosphere.

Coffee and Beignets: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Coffee and Beignets: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

New Orleans Musical Legends Park, 311 Bourbon Street, between Bienville and Conti Street, is a relaxing, welcome, open-air courtyard that celebrates the city’s musical heritage with statues of some its notable jazz artists.

There is usually a jazz vocalist or band on hand to entertain you in a gorgeous courtyard, surrounded by statues of jazz artists.

The statues that are permanently on display in the New Orleans Musical Legends Park are Al Hirt, trumpeter and bandleader. Pete Fountain, clarinet player, famous for his contribution to Jazz, Dixieland and Creole music.

Al Hirt

Al Hirt: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. Pianist and songwriter. Chris Owens, burlesque performer, club owner and entrepreneur. Ronnie Kole is a class act and consummate performer. Louis Prima, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas “Soul Queen of New Orleans.”

Fats Domino, Jr: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Fats Domino, Jr: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Chris Owens

Chris Owens: Photo Credti, Ricky Richardson

Ronnie Kole

Ronnie Kole: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Louis Prima

Louis Prima: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2015.

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Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]