a brief jaunt across the Mississippi from
downtown New Orleans, Gretna
is home to the Jefferson Parish government and the 24th Judicial Court District.
With parks and a levee that offers sensational views of downtown, it is perfect
for those who want to be close to the city, but avoid the clutter of urban
living. It is also home to Gretna
Festival, one of the region's most popular events featuring national
Arts & Culture
Gretna has a fabled, historic downtown area, featuring the German American Cultural Center and the Louisiana State Fire Museum. Gretna also has a festival held annually in October featuring live music from a number of artists, a German Beer Garden, arts and crafts, and wholesome family fun. Also, every second Saturday from March to May and again from September to December, vendors come from all over Southeast Louisiana to offer their artwork for sale all along the historic Huey P. Long Avenue. Locals also enjoy the Gretna Farmers Market, open every Saturday with live music and fresh produce grown in Southeast Louisiana.
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Gretna features a number of bars, but the real highlights are its restaurants, including the exploding Vietnamese culinary scene that attracts people from across the region. Particularly good dining options are Nine Roses, which serves Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, and Saffron, a restaurant which boasts the most authentic dishes of Indian cuisine in Southeast Louisiana. If you are looking for a night out in the Warehouse District or the French Quarter, downtown New Orleans is only ten minutes away.
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