The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is very infrequently called the “Big Crescent” (Big City/Big Easy + Crescent City). The “big crescent” is the shape of the Mississippi River, where New Orleans sits. New Orleans was called “the big crescent of the Mississippi, the center of the South’s commerce,” in the New Orleans (LA) States on May 1, 1928.
“After taking on several cities on my last tour, I was glad to get back to the Big Crescent” was printed in The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans, LA) on April 17, 1971. “http://www.antoines.com/ One of my favourites in The Big Crescent” was posted on Twitter on June 15, 2017.
Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Easy,” “Big Greasy,” “Big Sleazy,” “Birthplace of Jazz,” “Chocolate City,” “Chopper City,” “City of a Million Dreams,” “City of Yes,” “City That Care Forgot,” “City That Forgot to Care,” “Convention City,” “Crawfish Town,” “Creole City,” “Crescent City,” “Erb City,” “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley,” “Gumbo City,” “Hollywood South,” “Jump City,” “Mardi Gras City,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “Necropolis of the South,” “Nerlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Banana Republic,” “Northernmost Caribbean City,” “Old Swampy,” “Paris of America,” “Queen City,” “Saint City,” “Silicon Bayou,” “Silicon Swamp” and “Sweet Lady Gumbo.”
Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (/njuː ˈɔːrli.ənz, -ˈɔːrˈliːnz, -ˈɔːrlənz/, or /ˈnɔːrlənz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃]) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
1 May 1928, New Orleans (LA) States, “Air Mail Links N.O. and Nation,” pg. 24, col. 1:
Mayor O’Keefe described the event as epochal in the history of New Orleans and the South. “But this is just the beginning,” he said. “I hope that before the lapse of many years New Orleans will have its air highways linking the big crescent of the Mississippi, the center of the South’s commerce, with Chicago, San Francisco, Mexico City and other important centers of trade.”
26 April 1962, Greenwood (MS) Commonwealth, “Magnolia Blossoms” by Riley Munday, pg. 12, col. 5:
Folks say, her pappy and her mammy went on a lark down to New Orleans and were en-Gulfed about a hundred miles below the big Crescent.
17 April 1971, The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans, LA), “Dig me!” by Joe Emery, sec. 1, pg. 8, col. 1:
BACK HOME—After taking on several cities on my last tour, I was glad to get back to the Big Crescent.
6 May 1972, The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans, LA), “Dig me!” by Joe Emery, sec. 1, pg. 8, col. 1:
Last Saturday night in the city of Baton Rouge the OUTER NEW ORLEANIANS, LIMITED threw their first thing. Fourteen young, daring and together brothers who were born in, or, who hailed from the big crescent in the early stages of life at one time during their life span, threw their first and probably the greatest good-time attraction ever in the history of Baton “Red Stick” Rouge.
28 June 2001, Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “LWer crusades for gay rights Religious anti-gay bigotry target of global campaign” by Cheryl Walker, pg. 1:
Not long ago, Leisure Worlder Mel White traveled to the Big Crescent, New Orleans, not to walk the cobblestones streets of the Vieux Carre or savor a beignet in the French Market while watching the yellow waters of the Old Mississippi River flow by.
From the Drummers Chair
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
New Orleans: You Complete Me
Dear Mrs. Easy - or should I call you Mrs. Big? Mrs. Crescent? The Big Crescent, or, perhaps The Big Croissant as an homage to your French heritage.
http://www.antoines.com/ One of my favourites in The Big Crescent ?
2:59 AM - 15 Jun 2017
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