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Lafayette Square, New Orleans

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Lafayette Square is the second-oldest park in New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the present-day Central Business District. In the late 18th century, this was a residential area called Faubourg Sainte Marie (English: St. Mary Suburb).The park was designed in 1788 by Charles Laveau Trudeau aka Don Carlos Trudeau (1743–1816), Surveyor General of Louisiana under the Spanish government; who later served as New Orleans' acting mayor in 1812, after Louisiana statehood. The Square was named after Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. The park has a bronze statue of Henry Clay in the center of the park, and statues of John McDonogh and Benjamin Franklin on St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street.Gallier Hall, the former City Hall of New Orleans faces the square on St. Charles Avenue. Although the city government has moved elsewhere, the square is still used for inaugurations and civic events. The square also often hosts live music.From 1834 to 1938 First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans occupied much of the Western side of the square and was the tallest steeple in the city. It was from this steeple that General Benjamin Butler used the bell to ring curfew during the occupation of New Orleans (1862-1865) during the American Civil War. Most of the architectural elements (including the bell) were moved to First Presbyterian's subsequent location at the corner of South Claiborne and Jefferson Avenues in New Orleans.
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  • Plan to spend the evening in Lafayette Square if an outdoor concert is going on. Good music, good food & local beer is what I'm talking about. Bring your lawn chair! 
  • Nice park with some statues and places to sit. When we visited there was a protest at the Benjamin Franklin monument. Right in the warehouse district with some nice city views. 
  • I really like the space. It's in a nice part of the city and when there is nothing going on here, it makes for a great place to relax and take in the world around you. I have attended a few events her...  more »
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  • I went for the beignets festival. The location is easily accesible and the place is relacing.
  • Quiet park in middle of cbd. No restrooms nearby and homeless sleeping on lawn so smells a bit like pee pee.
  • Lafayette Square is a great little getaway tucked right into downtown New Orleans. Park benches, bike racks, open green space, gorgeous old live oak trees, ample parking - it's a true oasis. My favorite time of year is when Lafayette Square gets overtaken by the YLC in late spring/early summer for Wednesdays at the Square music series, featuring live music, food, drinks, and artisans. If they are visiting at the right time of year, WATS at Lafayette Square is one of my go-to events to take out-of-town friends.
  • Taj mahal a living legend. Great show great food.
  • This is just a beautiful space when there is nothing going on. Statues, large shade trees, benches, a place for bikes. Now, with events that happen here make it a GREAT space. I've been here for a few events. The last was the 2016 BBQ and Blues Festival (Saturday). I saw and heard some great musicians. They had venors with super art and craft things, tee shirts, booze and beers. Some great places had food, but i didnt have a chance to sample. THE MUSIC: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen were awesome with their blues New Orleans tinged sound. It rocked, it had soul, it had feel. The crowd was into it and jammed along. The headliner was Taj Mahal. He is an old timey blues man, a multi instrumentalist. It was soulful, and laid back. Just beautiful to the ear. There was an artist on stage who painted a portrait of Taj during the set. It was auctioned off for charity after the set. I love the fests here!