Louis Armstrong Park, home to the first ever New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is located at New Orleans, Louisiana. It was created to honor the great Louis Armstrong, and at the same time preserve the Congo Square. It is just steps away from the French Quarter, New Orleans' oldest neighborhood.
The recreational park is for free. It has a beautiful entrance arch that gives every guest a feel to the contemplative atmosphere around. It also allows people to have a cultural reflection as it has, in the site, the famous cultural structures. These are the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, and the Congo Square.
The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts is a 2,100-seater theater named after gospel artist Mahalia Jackson. It first opened in 1973 and became the home of the New Orleans Opera Association as well as the New Orleans Ballet Association.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra also did most of their performances in this theater located inside the Louis Armstrong Park. The New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, on the other hand, is a multi-purpose arena with more than 7,000 seats. It opened in 1930 and hosted a number of basketball events. It also used to be a casino.
Lastly, located inside the park is Congo Square. It is also part of the cultural structures that hold a historical significance. The Congo Square is an open area which used to be the place where the slaves in the 18th century would gather together on their rest days. It then became a tradition and until today it is one of the stories still being shared as part of the Louis Armstrong Park. The park is noted for holding the people at that time in their rest days. This was where the whole of community would gather together and just take their time to find leisure and recreation. In this day and age, the park continues to serve its purpose to the community - continuously catering the community spirit.