New Orleans is one of the most lively cities in the U.S., known for the easygoing lifestyle of its citizens, vivid nightlife, great music and delicious food. If you’re planning a trip there, check your knowledge about the city with these 10 interesting facts about New Orleans.

1. You are allowed to drink alcohol on the streets.

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2. Even better – there are drive through daiquiri joints!

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3. The dental floss was invented in 1815 by a dentist from New Orleans named Levi Spear Parmly.

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4. There are no basements in New Orleans, as the city was built on natural levees along the Mississippi River and some parts of it are below sea-level.

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5. You can actually order alligator meat and turtle soup in some restaurants.

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6. Many celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt have houses in the city.

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7. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is 23.83 miles long and is the world’s longest overwater bridge.

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8. The first opera performance in U.S. Sylvain by Ernest Grétry was stages in New Orleans on May 22 1796.

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9.  New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and one of the most talented jazz artists of all time Louis Armstrong was also born here.

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10. The Superdome in the city is one of the largest enclosed arenas in the world.

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