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New Orleans, the Big Easy in lights (photos)

New Orleans, the Big Easy city of Jazz, Mardi Gras, strong cocktails, non-stop partying and anything goes is a delight to see at night during the holiday season.
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New Orleans in lights

Over the years, we brought you "Holiday Light Violations", a treatise on the do's and don'ts of holiday lights. Many of the photos we showed you were from suburban New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan area. This year, we've decided to take you on a tour of New Orleans, where holiday lights take on an entirely different flavor, especially when they are done over-the-top.

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Historic homes in the Garden District

Some of the best Christmas decorations in New Orleans are meant to show off the architecture of historic homes. Many of the best examples are on historic St. Charles Avenue heading into the Garden District.

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Wreaths and Nutcrackers

This wonderful home on St. Charles features lighted wreaths and the entrance of the house is flanked by two large Nutcrackers.

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Elegant Simplicity

This home in the Garden District, near the famous Commander's Palace restaurant, is simple, elegant and shows off the tree inside really nicely.

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Magazine Street

This cafe and bar on Magazine Street did a really nice job with its balcony lights.

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Hotel Le Cirque

The Hotel Le Cirque, located off Lee Circle, has the entire face of the hotel lit up to look like a Christmas Tree. It alternates between two different color phases of Green and Red and looks quite spectacular from the street.

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Grinch on a Harley

This private home on Magazine Street features an animated waving Santa Claus as well as a full sized Grinch riding a Harley Davidson.

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More Classic

Here's another classic home.

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Playful Porch

Another house on Magazine, with playful color combinations on the porch.

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Symmetry

The symmetrical arrangement of lights and decorations on this house are extremely attractive.

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Majestic

This majestic house on St. Charles did some great work on their lawn and showcasing the architecture.

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Big Bear House

The two most impressive houses I've seen in the city so far, however, are the "Big Bear" house and what I'm tentatively calling the "Flying Pigs" house on Dufossat Street in the Garden District just off of St. Charles. Here's a view of the front of the Big Bear House.

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Big Bear House Plaque

The Big Bear House has a plaque on the side that explains its history. Have a look at the video tour below.

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Over the top decorations

Closer up on the front of the Big Bear house. As you can see the entire house is plastered with all sorts of custom-made decorations in various Bear motifs.

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Wall to wall bears

Every side and every window of the Big Bear house is covered wall to wall with animated Bear decorations. Additionally Christmas music is piped out non-stop from every side of the house.

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Bear montage

Here's a montage of the various bears in the Big Bear house. The one on the lower left is the permanent year-long fixture, the Big Bear himself. You're supposed to rub his nose for good luck.

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Flying pigs

Equally impressive is the "Flying Pigs" house across the street from the Big Bear house on Dufossat Street.

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When pigs fly...

Why "Flying Pigs"? Well...

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tech Broiler.

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