In 1719, Jean Baptiste
le Moyne - Sieur de Bienville was granted a large piece of land on the west bank of the river across from the city New Orleans. Named for the country of Algeria, the area grew rapidly following the completion of the Crescent City Connection
(then known as the Greater New Orleans (GNO) bridge) in 1958 and the construction of General DeGaulle (then called Victory Drive.)
The neighborhood, home to many of the early African American Jazz artists in the early 1900's, became the birthplace of Jazz music. The area of Algiers Point,
located at the
bend of the Mississippi River, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and received a designation as a local historic district in 1994.
Today, the rich history of Algiers thrives with many residents enjoying the lively culture and the numerous small businesses like local bars, delicious restaurants, quick coffee shops, and many professional services that pop up around neighborhoods.
Parts of the area have a beautiful view of the iconic New Orleans skyline, and the homes are often Creole-style cottages or casual shotguns painted bright colors. The architecture of the area boasts many personalities as unique as the people who live
Algiers also plays a big role in Mardi Gras celebrations and hosts the annual Super Sunday, a parade of Mardi Gras Indians dressed in their full, vibrant regalia. Many krewes also have their dens (where they construct and store their floats during
the off-season) in Algiers, and the West Banks's Krewe of NOMTOC
(New Orleans Most Talked Of Club) is also active as a social club.
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