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Just 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 artists.

People are drawn to Gretna because it features all the comforts of small-town living. Gretna has a quiet welcoming feel with many restaurants in walking distance throughout the downtown residential and business community. Gretna features French Quarter style shotgun homes in the historic district and more upscale homes in the gated communities. Its proximity to the center of New Orleans makes the area an attractive choice.

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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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Gretna has a number of city parks, including Gretna City Park, JB Spencer Park, Knights Corner Park, Bellevue Park, and Mel Ott Park. Gretna's Park and Community Department also offer community yoga and youth sports programs for kids. The levee along the Mississippi River also has patches that are excellent for walking and looking out along the big river.

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Gretna is a close-knit community and is known as a safe suburb that's well-suited for families. There's an active neighborhood organization and police presence is very strong in the area.

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Gretna No. 2 Advanced Studies Academy is a public magnet school serving preschool students through grade 5. It is one of ten schools in Jefferson Parish named to the National Center for Educational Achievement's Higher Performing Schools list. Kindergarten through 3rd grade children can also attend the Young Audiences Charter School, which offers an arts-integrated curriculum. Many families also have students commute to New Orleans to attend private schools due to the proximity of the city, though the public schools in Gretna are strong performers.

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Gretna is a walkable community in certain pockets, such as the historic downtown area. Otherwise, a car or public transportation is recommended.

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