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Visit New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Museums

January 22nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

So you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and now you’re curious about the festival’s history – well, you’re in the right place: New Orleans has not just one but three Mardi Gras museums!

You have to realize that Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since the early 1700’s. Though Spanish rule repressed the holiday here in the mid 1700’s and Mardi Gras parades did not appear in New Orleans until 1857, we’re still looking at over 200 years of Mardi Gras balls and festivities in New Orleans!

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Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

January 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

Battle of New Orleans
Edward Percy Moran – 1910

The 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812 just passed but the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial – the last major battle of the War of 1812 and the one that many say really ended the war – is still on the horizon. How is that possible?

It is an engagement that fills American patriots with pride – January 8th, 1815 and the Battle of New Orleans saw 4,500 U.S. troops, led by General Andrew Jackson, facing down 7,500 British soldiers at Chalmette Battlefield and routing them in under an hour to stand victorious: our enemy in surrender, our shores safe – and all because there were no telegrams, telephones, or internet around to tell the combatants that the war they were fighting … had essentially ended two weeks earlier!

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What Makes a New Orleans New Year’s Eve?

December 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans New Year's EveThere’s no better place to be than New Orleans, no matter the day or time, but a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is not only a great idea, it isn’t to be missed!

A new Orleans New Year’s Eve can take many shapes because there’s just so much to do. Whether your end of the year New Orleans vacation sees you at one event or many, we felt a quick overview of some of the more popular New Orleans New Year’s Eve celebrations was in order

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A New Orleans Christmas – Part 2

December 6th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans ChristmasLast time around, we listed some of the many ways you can celebrate a New Orleans Christmas. In the second half of this two-part series, we’ll continue the theme, beginning with … dinner! Reveillon dinner, to be exact …

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Christmas in New Orleans – Part 1

November 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas in New Orleans - Holiday Home ToursIt goes without saying that there are myriad ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans – this city is famous for its seemingly endless festivities, after all. In the next two posts, we’ll investigate a few of the ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans.

New Orleans Holiday Home Tours
No one decorates a home for the holidays like a New Orleanian: colorful, tasteful, imaginative and often imbued with both local and family tradition. Thanks to two different, self-guided, holiday home tours, now you can tour decorated homes in the New Orleans Garden District and the French Quarter.

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Sink Your Teeth Into the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Oak Street Po-boy Festival

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival may be the celebration of a sandwich but make no mistake – the Po-Boy is not just any old sandwich. If New Orleans was a sandwich, that sandwich would be a Po-Boy.

For those not in the know (oh, how I feel sorry for you) a Po-Boy is akin to a submarine sandwich or lobster roll, typically filled with meat or seafood, with the defining characteristic being the New Orleans-style French bread it’s made on: a crisp crusted baguette with a fluffy center. Hungry yet?

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The 2014 Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

New Orleans’ Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, scheduled for October 31st through November 2nd, 2014, is a three day mega-event of art and top music acts like The Foo Fighters, Outkast, and Skrillex, to name just a few.

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Take Your Seat for the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

October 1st, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Film Festival 2014Grab your popcorn and take your seats: the curtain is about to go up on the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival – October 16-23, 2014!

After a quarter century of life, the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival has become a serious contender among the nation’s major film festivals, hitting MovieMaker’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” on more than one occasion. Premiering the work of both new and established filmmakers, the annual New Orleans Film Festival attracts thousands of industry professionals including writers, producers, directors, and actors – not to mention fans!

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Hot and Cool: Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival 2014

September 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Crescent City Blues and BBQ FestivalHot, sticky New Orleans barbecue and two stages of live blues make up the 9th annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, scheduled for October 17th through the 19th, 2014.

New Orleans is famous for lots of things but two that come to the top of people’s minds time and again are music and food – and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is a three-day celebration of two of the best examples of those!

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Gird Your Tastebuds for the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Crab Boil Louisiana Seafood Festival 2014

Oysters, crawfish, shrimp, and more, baked, steamed, simmered, and grilled Louisiana-style and served with music, dancing, and drinks: it must be the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival!

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