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Gay Pride New Orleans

May 21st, 2012 by bbnola

Gay Pride New Orleans takes place June 22-24, 2012. Be there!

Gay Pride on Bourbon St New Orleans

Pride on Bourbon Street.

Gay Pride has a long history in New Orleans. It began in 1971 with a “Gay In” picnic in City Park. In 1978, it became an established annual event known as “Gay Pride”. The first Gay Pride Parade took place in 1980.

Over the years, Gay Pride New Orleans has seen many changes. It has moved from June to the fall and back to June again. It has been in Washington Square, then Armstrong Park, and then it moved back to Washington Square. It will undoubtedly see more change in the future, but it will always take place.

The complete schedule of New Orleans Gay Pride has yet to be released. Visit Gay Pride New Orleans for up-to-date information.

In the meantime, make reservations in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

2012 French Quarter Festival

April 3rd, 2012 by bbnola

French Quarter Festival.

Trombone Shorty. Photo by Derek Bridges.

2012 is the 29th Annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. It’s beginnings may have been modest, but it is now one of the largest festivals in the city. It’s also free. Make your plans to attend now; find a room at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

More than 800 musicians will take to 20 stages between April 12 and April 15. That means non-stop music. Jazz, Cajun, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Zydeco… if you like to listen to it, you’ll probably find it at the French Quarter Festival.

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Festival Fun in New Orleans

February 27th, 2012 by bbnola

Bagpipes

One of many St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Orleans.

Festivals fill the March calendar in New Orleans. Pack your bags, book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and make your travel plans today.

Soul Fest, March 3-4, 2012. Celebrate the history and heritage of African Americans in New Orleans. Soul Fest celebrates with music, food, crafts, history and culture at the Audubon Zoo.

St. Patrick’s Day, March 11-18, 2012. Why limit St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to just one day? In New Orleans, we celebrate for a week. Four parades, numerous street parties, and plenty of fun await visitors during this time.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, March 21-25, 2012. Scream “Stella” in the streets like your life depends on finding her. Participate in lectures and special events with literary figures, actors and actresses. Live the dream.

Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tour, March 23 and April 1, 2012. Finally! Peek inside many of the historic homes you’ve long admired in the French Quarter, Uptown, and Garden District. Embrace the wonderful cultural heritage of New Orleans.

Stomp in New Orleans

September 6th, 2011 by bbnola

The 10th annual Ponderosa Stomp takes place the weekend of September 15 – 17,  2011. Festivities will be held at the Howlin Wolf, at 907 South Peters Street, located in the Central Business District. If you like American roots music, book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

Come to New Orleans for the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp.

Since its inception, the Ponderosa Stomp has paid tribute to the architects of Louisiana and Southern music: swamp pop, jazz, blues, rock & roll, soul, and more. The highlight in 2011 will be “The Memphis Sound”, music released on the Stax/Bolt and Excello record labels between the mid 1950s and the mid 1960s. Think Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave.

Stomp goers will have the opportunity to hear:

  • Eddie Floyd
  • William Bell
  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Lazy Lester

and many more great artists.

The Ponderosa Stomp celebrates “the unsung heroes and heroines” of the music industry. These artists were extremely influential, but often overlooked by the general public. Take this opportunity to learn about the industry and listen to some of the finest musicians alive.

In addition to great music, the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp will include the 4th Annual Music History Conference, the Clandestine Celluloid Film Series, and an exhibit at the Cabildo on “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock N’ Roll.

This promises to be a great weekend to visit New Orleans. Don’t miss it. Please visit New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns.

For the complete line-up, tickets, and additional festival information, please visit Ponderosa Stomp.

Satchmo SummerFest, 2011

July 21st, 2011 by bbnola

The 2011 Satchmo Summer Fest takes place in less than 2 weeks; jazz fans from all around the country and world are preparing to travel to New Orleans for this grand celebration of jazz in general and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong in particular. Many will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Satchmo SummerFest will be held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, August 6 – 7, 2011.

Two stages mean a variety of music can be heard in two days. Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage is to host such greats as the Jason Marsalis Quartet, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, and Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints. The Coronet Chop Suet Stage will showcase the likes of the Bone Tone Brass Band, Will Smith & the Jazz Cats, and Leon ‘Kid Chocolate’ Brown. Performances begin at noon and run until 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to music, Satchmo SummerFest presents free seminars and discussions on Friday August 5, Saturday August 6, and Sunday August 7. All are welcome to attend discussions lead by the Satchmo of Japan, Yoshio Toyoma, recording industry icon Geroge Avakian, and Armstrong scholar and musician Dan Morgenstern, among others.

It wouldn’t be Satchmo SummerFest without a Birthday Party for Louis Armstrong, a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in Treme, and a traditional second line parade. Many New Orleans restaurants will highlight some of Satchmo’s favorite dishes. There will be a host of activities for folks of all ages.

Be spontaneous. Head to New Orleans for Satchmo SummerFest in early August. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will, as always, welcome jazz fans.

For additional festival information, please see Satchmo SummerFest.