Secure access at Port of New Orleans.

port of no

The Port of New Orleans is the fourth largest port in the U.S. based on cargo volume. It also has the longest wharf in the world at 2.01 miles. It handles rubber, coffee, steel, containers, coal, manufactured goods, and over half of the country’s grain exports. About 6,000 vessels travel the Mississippi River each year passing thru this major hub for American waterway trade. But not everyone is allowed to see the action. With video surveillance and a felony offense for unauthorized entry, the best a Puch Maxi can do is pose in front of the one of its gated entrances.


Puch Maxi at Evacuspot #8.


Evacuspot statues throughout New Orleans (17 total) designate a gathering place for free transportation to safety in the event of a mandatory evacuation. They are for residents who lack the ability to evacuate in advance of a Category 3 or higher hurricane. These 14 foot, 800 pound, stainless steel statues are meant to withstand 200 years of wear and tear. The design was inspired from the gesture people use to signal for a ride and when asking for beads during Mardi Gras!


A stop in Professor Longhair Square.


Located on the neutral ground outside of the famous music venue Tipitina’s is a tribute to Henry Roeland Byrd. He is the New Orleans musician known as Professor Longhair. Installed in 1996, the bronze plate sculpture and benches sit on a plaza in the pattern of a map of the world. The idea is to recognize the international influence of Professor Longhair’s rhythm and blues piano style that combined rumba, mambo, and calypso. So many of his songs are part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition…which likely why someone placed carnival beads on the sculpture.


Carrollton Centennial Monument.

This obelisk-style stone monument really towers over my Puch Maxi. It was placed in Palmer Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Carrollton. The week-long celebration began on March 11, 1945 and included speeches, music, and parades. It was rather quiet on the day of my visit…maybe plans are underway for 175th anniversary celebration?


Our Lady of Prompt Succor Shrine

The statue of Our Lady under the title of “Our Lady of Prompt Succor” came to New Orleans in 1810. It was placed in the monastery chapel of the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. Prayers for deliverance from wars, fire, pestilence, disease, storms, despair, and hopelessness were made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor—known as Our Lady of Quick Help. In gratitude for the miracle of America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, the Ursulines celebrate an annual mass of thanksgiving on January 8, the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (which has now occurred for over 200 years). The statue moved to the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, on the same property as Ursuline Academy, in 1928. Our Lady of Prompt Succor is the Principal Patroness of the City of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana.