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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014

April 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014New Orleans knows how to celebrate – and the 9th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is no exception to this rule!

Bayou St. John, located in a Mid-City neighborhood, was once the city’s “back door.” Off the beaten path, boaters used to be able to get within a mile of the business section of New Orleans via waterways connected to Lake Pontchartrain. The bayou was cut off from the lake early on in the 20th century but the remaining, Bayou St. John waterway is still alive with canoes, kayaks, rafts and other non-motorized craft.

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The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

March 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posterAre you ready for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? You’d better be because here it comes!

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the 45th annual return of this week-long celebration and this year’s event lineup is looking almost unbelievably fantastic. Let me drop a few names so you can see what I mean:

Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen
Christina Aguilera
Phish
Robert Plant
Keb’ Mo’
Branford Marsalis
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Like I said, just a few.

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The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary FestivalI’ll bet you can’t name me a literary festival where screaming at the top of your lungs in the middle of the street is part of the celebration: it’s the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival!

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983) was a famed American playwright who wrote plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs, adapting much of his best work for the silver screen. Williams also happened to be a New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods and some of his works are based on the city. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for example.

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Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, 2014

February 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Saint Patrick's Day in New Orleans, 2014The Irish brought Saint Patrick’s Day to our shores in 1737. By 1809 we were celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, where we promptly put our own spin on it. Erin go Big Easy!

According to a number of sources, the first record of a Saint Patrick’s Day parade ever being held is 1762 in, not Ireland or even Boston but New York city – and it was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. How’s that for a head shaker?

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Mardi Gras Indians?

February 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras IndiansA lot of the finer details of Mardi Gras remain unknown because they are handled by secret societies – others are just rarer sights for your average visitor to the yearly celebration. Little seen and lesser known, Mardi Gras Indians have a fascinating history all their own worth looking into.

Mardi Gras Indians typically hail from the African-American communities of New Orleans’ inner city – so why do they dress as Indians for Mardi Gras?

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What Is Mardi Gras, Exactly? Part 2

January 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Last time around, we learned a little about Mardi Gras history as it has come to be celebrated here in New Orleans. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some of the details that go into the annual celebration.

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What Is Mardi Gras, Exactly?

January 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

What Is Mardi Gras?It seems like a lot of folks who have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans have a limited conception of what Mardi Gras is and what it’s all about, so I thought I’d take some time to shed a little light on the history of Mardi Gras.

Many see Mardi Gras as little more than a big, drunken party with lots of costumes and wild women – sort of like spring break meets Halloween. This image of Mardi Gras attracts some, repels many others, and frustrates those who know it is an oversimplification and, as such, dead wrong.

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A New Year’s Eve Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

December 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans!Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this New Year’s Eve? You’re in New Orleans so the options are endless … How about a New Year’s Eve cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez?

The Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans’ only steamboat and one of only two steam-powered sternwheelers still plying the waters of the Mississippi. This steamboat is the ninth to bear the name Natchez and has never been beaten in a steamboat race.

A proud member of a long line of steamboats that have sailed their way up and down the Mississippi and, thus, into American history, the Natchez achieves that perfect balance of modern safety and luxury combined with authentic, classic style.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve 2013

December 17th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

A New Orleans New Year's Eve 2013

A New Orleans New Year’s – is there any other city more fit for ringing in the new year? Heck, our city shares its first name with the holiday – could it be any more fitting?

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Celebration in the Oaks – A New Orleans Christmas

November 26th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas New Orleans’ style means a lot of different and wonderful things – but one thing it has meant since the late 80’s is the Celebration in the Oaks.

Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Years’ Day, Celebration in the Oaks is a glittering extravaganza of light and color in City Park.

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