my husband and i are planning on visiting new orleans sometime this year. have been reading the board and have many ideas on places to stay and eat. since we can visit anytime during the year, would like to know the time of year that would be best. we would prefer not to come when a "big" event (such as mardi gras/jazz festival)is taking place---the smaller the crowds the better to enjoy your wonderful city. also, as far as the weather---what would be the best time of year to visit? any help would be greatly appreciated---thanx!!