A riverside boulevard along the banks of the Mississippi River made during the 1970s, the Moon Walk is a famous destination among both New Orleans locals and tourists who want to watch boats or relax while listening to a street musical act.
During the 1720s, when Jackson Square was initially planned out, it originally overlooks the Mississippi River. However, during 19th century?s second fifty years, the initial embankment measuring one meter or three feet which safeguarded New Orleans from flooding was raised numerous times as it failed to protect the metropolis by the raging river, especially during bad weather. These several augmentations essentially created a wall between the river and the city. In the 20th century, majority of the Mississippi riverfront was utilized for commerce and trade. Port management also built barriers which made the riverside isolated from the public for many years.
Finally, in 1976, an esplanade was built by the banks of the Mississippi River which made the scenic area reachable via the French Quarter. The Moon Walk was named to commemorate former New Orleans mayor Maurice Landrieu who went by the alias ?Moon.? Moon played a significant role for the creation of the riverside boulevard.
Actually, Moon Walk is still detached from the majority of the city by train tracks, parking spaces and concrete flood levees. Nevertheless, Moon Walk manages to be a popular destination for those who want to take scenic walks along the powerful Mississippi River. It?s a famous spot for tourists who want a picturesque vista of the river and flee the urban humidity. Guests can enjoy colder and fresher air owing to the continuous breeze that flows here.
Visitors can sit and relax on iron benches which are abundant in the riverside promenade while admiring the boats cruising in the river or just people watching. The harbor of New Orleans is one of the biggest and busiest in the United States as the Mississippi River is teeming with many types of ships from the modest paddle steam boats to the big cruise ships and container vessels. Street performers also flock to Moon Walk. You can listen to Jazz musicians play for a small amount of donation.
Moon Walk is accessible via the Jackson Square through Washing Artillery Park which is a modest public park with a raised plaza. The park pays tribute to the 141st Field Artillery which was established in 1838 and served under the Louisiana National Guard. The centerpiece of the park is a cannon used during the Civil War and boasts of a beautiful vista overlooking St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Found at the base of the plaza is an alfresco amphitheater oriented towards Jackson Square. The open air theatre is a famous place where visitors can watch street performers doing breathtaking acrobatic stunts.