Here are 29 Zoom backgrounds that only people in New Orleans will appreciate

From sitting in a pothole to random places across New Orleans, here are a bunch of backgrounds you can download and use for your Zooming. 

by Clint Durrett
May 5, 2020

There’s nothing like being outside and hanging with your friends. I get it. I’m enjoying the hangouts on Zoom with my chums or the meetings I have with the Very Local NOLA team. But sometimes, my home is messy or I just want a change of scenery. From sitting in a pothole to random places across New Orleans, here are a bunch of backgrounds you can download and use for your Zooming and keep it local. We also made some video backgrounds, too. (Photos taken by Matthew Hinton)

How to use the backgrounds:

  1. Right click on the image and save the image to your computer
  2. Open Zoom
  3. Open the Preference/Settings menu in Zoom
  4. Select “Virtual Background” in the preferences
  5. Click the “+” sign
  6. Upload the image.
  7. Be awesome. 

Virtually sit in a pothole

Nothing says NOLA like a pothole deep enough to sit in.

Pothole in the Carrollton neighborhood in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

This beautifully bead-decorated fence

Happy carnival colors work for any occasion.

Mardi Gras beads on a fence in the Carrollton neighborhood in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Mardi Gras beads on a fence in the Carrollton neighborhood in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Jazz Fest in place crosswalk

Your friends in other states won’t have this kind of fun in their screen

Jazz Fest in place crosswalk in City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Sit on this streetcar

Don’t even need the $1.25 for this one.

A streetcar on the St. Charles line is seen in the Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans, Thursday, April 30, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Bourbon Street

Smell not included.

Bourbon Street looks like a ghost town in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Bourbon Street looks like a ghost town in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Locks of love

A pier gate by the Steamboat Natchez is seen in New Orleans, Monday, April 27, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Storyland

Just pretend you’re waiting your turn for the dragon slide.

Storyland at City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Armstrong Park

Virtually bask in the lights

Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Marigny/Bywater

Keep it funky and positive with this background

Near Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

City Park

These are the views that make us feel warm and fuzzy

Big Lake in City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Peristyle in City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Bench in City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Flowers in City Park in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Boarded Up

If windows aren’t your thing

Mid-City boarded-up business in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Bywater

Welcome folks to the funky Bywater (whether you are actually there or not)

Bywater in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Ninth Ward

Rep the Ninth Ward with this mural background

Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Jump in a second line

Step it up with this background

The 25th annual Original Pigeon Town Steppers Easter Second Line danced to the theme of ‘Legendary Status’ through the Carrollton and Uptown neighborhoods in New Orleans with Rollin’ Joe Henry and the Lady Pigeon Town Steppers to the music of the Big 6 Brass Band and Da Truth Brass Band Sunday, April 21, 2019. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Steamboat Natchez

You can just hear the calliope

Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Riverboat Louis Armstrong

Riverboat Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Gator crossing

They can sneak up on you

Alligators near New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
Alligators near New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Cafe du Monde

We miss the smell of beignets

Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

St. Louis Cathedral

An iconic background of NOLA

The Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral are seen in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Monday, April 27, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
The Cabildo, left, St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere are seen in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Thursday, April 30, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Cemetery

Cemeteries in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Skylines

That sky! That dome!

The Central Business District (CBD) skyline including the Superdome is seen in New Orleans, Monday, April 27, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton
The Central Business District (CBD) skyline including the Superdome is seen in New Orleans, Monday, April 27, 2020. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Want more? Here’s a bunch of NOLA-themed video backgrounds we made!

Hi. I’m Clint. I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year. I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home. I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care...

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