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why is New Orleans called the Crescent City?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Crescent City alludes to the course of the Mississippi River around and through the city.

    New Orleans has many nicknames including Saint City, The City That Care Forgot, Crescent City, and probably its most famous, The Big Easy. Now for a little history on two of the city’s more popular nicknames. There once was a New Orleans dance hall named The Big Easy but eventually, the nickname came to refer to the city and its gentle pace of life. The Mississippi River flows in the shape of a crescent around the city so that’s why many refer to New Orleans as the Crescent City.

  • 1 decade ago

    The second responder is correct. New Orleans got that nickname because of the shape of the Mississippi River curving around the city--it forms a crescent.

    Source(s): I'm a New Orleans native and tourguide
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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ok...I got it:

    I found the answer way down the end of the page for "New Orleans" in Wikipedia:

    Nicknames

    The city's several nicknames are illustrative:

    << * Crescent City alludes to the course of the Mississippi River around and through the city.>>

    Another popular nickname, The Big Easy, is attributed to Betty Guillaud according to this website, The Big Easy Dictionary:

    Big Easy

    This is [a] euphemism for New Orleans, like the "Crescent City," that is attributed to Betty Guillaud, a gossip columnist for the Times Picayune, in the '70s as a term of endearment and an answer to the then I Love New York City hype. If it's the "Big Apple" then New Orleans is the "Big Easy," where everything is slower, simpler and easy-going.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    Crescent City alludes to the course of the Mississippi River around and through the city its also is referred to that because near the turn of the mississippi, in the quarter, near jackson brewery, at night the moon has a cresent reflection on the the river

  • 5 years ago

    The city's has several nicknames. "Crescent City" alludes to the course of the Mississippi River around and through the city; "The Big Easy" was possibly a reference by musicians in the early 1900's to the relative ease of finding work there, but most New Orleanians attribute the term to the city being more carefree and slowed down than cities like New York (the Big Apple); "The City that Care Forgot" refers to the outwardly easy-going, carefree nature of many of the residents.

  • WC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Because the city is surrounded by waters of the Mississippi River in a manner shaped like a crescent

  • 1 decade ago

    It's the River. It makes the shape of a crescent. As one point the river actually flows north.

    That's why when you are in the city North and South directions are useless. It's the river side or the like side. Uptown (up river) or downtown.

  • cegla
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Nicknames For New Orleans

  • 1 decade ago

    New Orleans is called the Cresent City because it lines the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River just so happend to be curved in the shape of a cresent so that is how it go that nickname.

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