The French Quarter in New Orleans was founded in 1718 by a French-Canadian naval officer. In 1965 the area, which consists of approximately 78 square blocks, was designated a National Historic Landmark. Due to the fact that the French Quarter predated New Orleans levee systems, it was one of the few parts of the city that remained relatively dry during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Bourbon Street is the most well-known thoroughfare and home to bars and clubs frequented by rowdy tourists, especially during Mardi Gras.
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