I believe they were thinking that it would be more French speaking, since it was owned by the French and they have the "French Quarter". I believe that they thought it would be more "put together". Maybe their idea was more thoughts of how it is during Mardi-gras. I don't know, but what I do know is that they were pretty disappointed with how the real New Orleans is. And sort of a funny thing - looking around at the condition of the different areas, I would ask waiters or shop workers if that area was badly affected by Hurricane Katrina and they would always tell me "no, this area was not affected at all".
We made plans to visit New Orleans and drive around the southern part of Louisiana. We were there for a week. We found that a week is just maybe a little too much time.
We stayed in the city for 2 days and then headed out towards Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Iberia & Thibodaux.