There are four dropzones in Louisiana. You don’t have to be near New Orleans to make your first skydive. There is a dropzone between Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, near Shreveport, and in Slidell near New Orleans.
If you are coming to Louisana for Marti Gras find some time to make it to one of the dropzones and make a tandem skydive. Make sure the Hurricane’s you had the night before have worn off before you get the the dropzone or they won’t let you jump.