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Dancing isn't a special occasion kind of activity in New Orleans. In this town, where spontaneous second line parades happen any old time, and both weddings and funerals inspire dancing in the street, moving to a beat is as natural as eating red beans and rice on a Monday.
What many visitors may not know is that while traditional New Orleans jazz and brass is the ever-present sound track to the city, there is a vibrant music scene to celebrate every kind of genre happening just about any night of the week. From acoustic folk pickin' parties to DJ's spinning bounce and rap to homegrown sludge metal and Cajun waltzing, you can groove to it in New Orleans.
New Orleans does cater to the late night crowd and many of these dance clubs and live music venues reflect that philosophy. But those late night crowds are unlike any other you'll line up with in other cities. New Orleans is an equal opportunity party town. That sense of exclusivity that, say, a city like New York is famous for - you look a certain way, you get in, other than that stay behind those stanchions - is not how we roll. In most cases, crowds are mixed, gay, straight, male, female, older, younger, locals and tourists, a mix which makes for one heck of a good time.