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New Orleans’ Dirty Linen Night

New Orleans' Dirty Linen Night 2014 PosterDirty Linen Night is an arts, food, and drink block party held on the second Saturday night of every August on Royal Street in the French Quarter – and if you come looking a bit disheveled, you’ll fit right in!

A direct answer – perhaps even a rebuff – to the Whitney White Linen Night held on Julia Street, held the first Saturday night of every August, Dirty Linen Night is upwards of 40 to 50 Royal Street shop and gallery owners holding their own, opening night/block party. Similar to White Linen Night (which we discussed last post), Dirty Linen Night is a free party held to promote businesses in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans – sometimes also called the “Soho of the South.”

New Orleans' Dirty Linen Night 2014 Revelers

Some Dirty Linen Night revelers

The reason this particular event is called Dirty Linen Night is that, initially, the idea was to attend this send-up of White Linen Night in the clothes you wore at that first event – unwashed!

Now, few people actually do this – and who can blame them not wanting to wear something besmirched by a hot, New Orleans August night block party? – but the sentiment remains and, in typical New Orleans style, turns White Linen Night on its head to wonderful results.

Like White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night is a must-attend, New Orleans block party complete with galleries of fine art, wonderful food, drink, music – and free admission! Since its inception in 2001, this second event has only grown in scope and popularity with the passing years, becoming yet another traditional celebration in the city of celebrations.

New Orleans' Dirty Linen Night 2014 in the French QuarterDirty Linen Night
6pm-10pm – August 9, 2014

200 to 1000 blocks of Royal Street
For more information, visit the Facebook page for Dirty Linen Night

Dirty Linen Night Lodging
You might attend an event called “Dirty Linen Night” but, when you stay at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn, the last thing you’re going to find is dirty linens! We pride ourselves on being the best hosts in the city with personal service, hearty breakfasts, unheard of amenities, and insider’s knowledge as to where to go and what to see during your visit. Give us a chance to show you some of that famous, Southern hospitality – stay at New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

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