Named after the Duke Of Orleans back in the 17th century, New Orleans is a city of rich historical descent. Although it has been hit by quite a few disastrous hurricanes, New Orleans keeps getting back to its feet to welcome visitors who want to ponder and dig deeper into its history and culture. Tourism is big in this city of Louisiana. The Mardi Gras is celebrated here annually along with other big festivals like the Tennessee Williams Festival and the New Orleans FilmFest. Other events include the Voodoo Festival, the Jazz and Heritage Festival and of course the well known French Quarter Fest.