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Visit New Orleans Cemeteries on the Day of the Dead

October 26th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans - Iberville: St. Louis Cemetery #1

St. Louis Cemetery #1, in New Orleans.

The end of October seems a fitting time to visit the Cities of the Dead in New Orleans.

Tradition holds that the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead is thin during All Hallow’s Eve; spirits may cross more easily into the world of the living at this time. Scary costumes most likely originated in order to scare those spirits – it’s best not to take chances.

When Europeans first settled New Orleans, they struggled over what to do with their dead. Traditional burials didn’t stick. Due to the high water table, air-tight caskets would sometimes push up through the earth when it rained heavily. Just imagine that happening some evening at the end of October – people must have been terrified.

Eventually, New Orleans took up a tradition common in France and Spain – housing the dead in vaults above the ground. After centuries of this, the cemeteries of New Orleans today really do resemble cities of the dead. They have grand avenues, meandering alleys, and dead ends. There are wealthier parts of town and humble areas, for death claims everyone in time.

Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans bed and breakfast about touring the Cities of the Dead. It is generally not recommended for people to visit them on their own (beware the living, not the dead). A number of tour agencies offer tours of Saint Louis Cemeteries #1 and #2, as well as other cemeteries throughout the city. Tours are a great way to learn about the famous and infamous people who now dwell in New Orleans’ cemeteries, such as Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans”.

Take advantage of the many specials offered by New Orleans bed and breakfast innkeepers at this time of year, and come visit the Cities of the Dead this fall.

Football in New Orleans

October 22nd, 2010 by bbnola

Football fans know there is little better than attending a game on your team’s home turf. Fans of the New Orleans Saints should consider traveling to the city for one of their upcoming games and staying in a New Orleans bed and breakfast. Inns in Mid City New Orleans and the Central Business District are conveniently located to the Superdome.

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Voodoo Experience Festival

October 20th, 2010 by bbnola

If you’re looking to do something different this year for Halloween, consider coming to a New Orleans bed and breakfast. The end of October is a great time to visit this historic city.

For music aficionados, Halloween in New Orleans means Voodoo. The Voodoo Experience Festival has brought nearly 500 musicians and a million fans together since its inception in 1999. All types of music is featured during this three day event, October 29, 30, and 31, 2010: gospel and hard rock, reggae and metal, alternative rock and jazz – Voodoo welcomes it all. This open, inclusive attitude makes Voodoo a fun experience for everyone.

Voodoo Experience at New Orleans City Park.

The 2010 line-up includes Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Cyril Neville, among a good hundred others. Three venues ensure that the music is continuous, and the dance tent guarantees that when feet need to move, there is a place for them.

The Voodoo Experience takes place at City Park, behind the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). City Park is located between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. It runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and features a variety of food, art and craft vendors in addition to music.

After a busy day at Voodoo, you’ll look forward to returning to a bed and breakfast New Orleans, where luxurious beds and quiet await.

Additional information may be found at the Voodoo Experience website.

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

October 12th, 2010 by bbnola

Guests of New Orleans bed and breakfasts have a great treat in store for them this weekend, October 16 and 17, 2010. The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival takes place in Lafayette Square Park on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Otis Taylor performs at the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

Two stages mean there will be twice as much music. Right after Otis Taylor and Don Vappie play on the Juke Joint Stage from 2:15 – 3:15, The Stanton Moore Trio plus Anders Osborne perform on the Dance Hall Stage from 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.. No waiting while one band breaks down and another sets up – just non-stop music.

In addition to music, there will be an Oral History Stage in the NORD Theater on the ground floor of Gallier Hall. Performers such as Corey Hall and Little Freddie King will be interviewed about their lives, influences and music. Gallier Hall is across St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square.

Of course, a BBQ festival wouldn’t be complete without barbecue, and there will be plenty of that in Lafayette Square this weekend. Traditional BBQ and non-traditional BBQ will be abundant. Boswell’s Jamaican Grill will serve Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork Plates with sautéed vegetables, rice and peas, and plantains. Emerils’ Delmonico will bring in BBQ shrimp, while The Joint BBQ features pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant will bring marinated BBQ lamb ribs with pepper jelly, and soft shell muchaca pulled pork tacos.

In addition to BBQ, a selection of local restaurants will trot out some of their most popular dishes. Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine will bring Grilled Shrimp or Beef Skewers and egg rolls, and TJ Gourmet will offer alligator sausage on a stick.

No New Orleans bed and breakfast is far from Lafayette Square. Sleep in, enjoy a cup of strong coffee, and then head out for a day of Blues and BBQ at the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

For more information about the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, visit their website.