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New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2016

January 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Rock 'n' Roll Marathon LogoThe New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (formerly the Mardi Gras Marathon), scheduled for February 28, 2016, is one of the most popular of the 800-plus marathons held around the world each year.

An annual event since 1965, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon draws thousands of participants and supporters to New Orleans from all over the world. Originally hosted by the New Orleans Track team as the independent Mardi Gras Marathon, the event was renamed when the Competitor Group took it over in 2010, adding it to their Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.

Beyond the name and a few other organizational changes, the Mardi Gras / Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is still the same race it has always been: scheduled two weekends before Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras themed, and including a 10K, a full marathon (26 mile 385 yard), and a half marathon.

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Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night

January 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night - French Quarter at nightNew Orleans Carnival doesn’t kick off without it, yet it is the thread of an ancient practice only recently revived (if 1870 seems recent to you). What is the tradition Twelfth Night?

January 6th may seem like just another day to most folks out there: Christmas and New Year’s Day are passed, so the 6th of January is just another day to get on with. For the devout Christian, however, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

In New Orleans it is this as well – but also Twelfth Night: the start of Carnival.

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Visit the Beauregard-Keyes House

December 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

General PGT Beauregard - the Beauregard-Keyes House

General PGT Beauregard

Dating back to 1826, New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House Museum is a French Quarter landmark that has served as home to a series of famous and influential personalities.

The Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, may have a colorful history, serving as home to a number of personalities and purposes over the years – but it bears the names of a Civil War general and the author who ultimately saved the building from ruin.

The house, itself, was commissioned by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier in 1825, designed by François Correjolles and built by James Lambert. The design combines elements of a Creole cottage with Greek Revival features, includes a central hall, and is fronted with a Palladian façade.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve!

December 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

a New Orleans New Year's Eve

It seems like, no matter the date, there’s always a reason to celebrate in New Orleans – but when a national holiday rolls around? Look out. The Big Easy knows how to do it right – and a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is no exception!

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Enjoy A New Orleans Christmas Getaway

November 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Christmas Celebration In the OaksThere’s always something to do in New Orleans, and once Christmas rolls around, there’s almost too much to do! If you’re hoping to enjoy a New Orleans Christmas getaway, here’s a short guide of just a few New Orleans Christmas traditions you may not want to miss.

Celebration in the Oaks – You really haven’t enjoyed a New Orleans Christmas unless you’ve taken in the beloved, traditional Celebration In The Oaks: a month-long event in City Park including thousands of colorful lights, Storyland, amusement rides, displays, activities, even a two-mile long, miniature train you can take a ride in!

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Get a Taste of the South at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Southern Food and Beverage MuseumThe Southern Food and Beverage Museum – also know as the SoFAB Institute – celebrates the food and drink of the American South. Best of all, when you visit you can, too!

Creole, bourbon, grits, and po’boys. It’s easy to overlook and even undervalue the heritage of food and drink when it’s right in front of you – at that point, all you really want to do is dig in! – but the culinary identity of the American South is as important a part of the region’s past, present, and future as its visual art, music, history, or any other aspect of a culture, which you would find in a museum.

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Discover the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival 2015 LogoA two-day smorgasbord of gumbos and live music in Armstrong Park’s Congo Square celebrating the neighborhood known as the birthplace of jazz: that’s the 8th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, scheduled for the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2015.

Despite the name, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is really more a celebration of the Tremé neighborhood’s heritage than it is a celebration of gumbo – but don’t get too despondent: there’s plenty of gumbo involved in the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, too. Why, there’s even a vegan gumbo cook-off!

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A New Orleans Halloween!

October 8th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Halloween - Jack o' lanterns

Halloween and New Orleans seem made for each other and, sure enough, when the spooky, autumn holiday rolls around, the Crescent City comes to life with a number of crazy and fun ways to enjoy a New Orleans Halloween!

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Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is Coming!

September 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Voodoo Music & Arts ExperienceVoodoo Music & Arts Experience – October 30th through November 1st, 2015 – is three days of top-tier, pop-music acts in America’s favorite festival city, New Orleans!

If you’re not aware of the New Orleans Voodoo Music & Arts Experience festival you should be. In just 15 short years, the festival whose motto is “Worship the Music!” has become THE festival to go to in New Orleans, second only to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in attendance and popularity – and that’s saying something!

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Celebrate Music at The Ponderosa Stomp

September 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Ponderosa Stomp 2015

The Ponderosa Stomp Festival in New Orleans bills itself as “three days of the best music you’ve never heard of.” Attend and discover some of the unsung legends behind American Music: October 1-3, 2015.

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