Everybody agrees on one thing: New Orleans is one of the world's most unique cities. But who are the people who have made it so? In honor of the city's tricentennial, New Orleans' 181-year-old newspaper set out to answer that question. Aided by its loyal readers, who submitted more than 1,000 names for consideration, and the city's vibrant art community, which created 300 stunning original portraits, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune's editorial board selected 300 people over 300 years who have made New Orleans, New Orleans. It is a richly diverse list as free-wheeling as the city itself: from 18th-century explorers to 21st-century entrepreneurs, medical pioneers to Mardi Gras Indians, architectural geniuses to Bourbon Street dancers - and, of course, a hefty serving of the chefs and musicians whose tastes and sounds have defined New Orleans for generations. Many names - such as Fats Domino and Thomas Jefferson - are known around the world. Others - Al Scramuzza? Mr. Okra? - are household names in New Orleans households only. But regardless of whether you are lifelong resident, an occasional visitor or an admirer from afar, "300 for 300" is a celebratory journey of self-discovery that will deepen your appreciation for, and understanding of, the City That Care Forgot.
In partnership with Nola.com & The Time Picayune, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Liberty Bank & Trust and French Market Corporation.