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Spring Flings in the French Market

January 29, 2020
On Fat Tuesday, people wear masks to go incognito and unleash their alter ego. The practice of disguising one's true identity behind a mask dates back to the European celebration of Carnival interlaced with customs of pagan Rome. In the beginning, donning masks during Mardi Gras allowed wearers to escape societal and class constraints. Masked carnival goers were free to be whomever they wanted to be and mingle with whatever class they desired. On Fat Tuesday, wearing masks adds to the enigma and debauchery of celebrations throughout the French Quarter.

More than Twenty Shows at More than Twenty Venues in the Vieux Carré

January 29, 2020
Everywhere else in the country, it may not yet be spring, or it may be spring that feels like the final throes of winter, but this is New Orleans—spring has decidedly sprung. Carnival comes early this year, and even the chilly days radiate with celebratory buzz. Mardi Gras Day (February 25), French Quarter Festival (April 16-19), and the first weekend of JazzFest (April 22-27) fire off in rapid secession to bookend the blitz between the new year and summertime.

Rolling on the River

January 29, 2020
Let the good times roll! The newest addition to the New Orleans riverfront and sister vessel of the Steamboat Natchez, the renovated riverboat City of New Orleans offers unforgettable daily jazz brunch and dinner cruises down the Mississippi River. On the cruise, visitors are offered an inside look at the artists at work on our Mardi Gras tradition. Mardi Gras World, where they build the floats that will eventually make their way down St. Charles Avenue in the grand and opulent Mardi Gras parades, offers a tour that rounds out a uniquely New Orleans experience.

All Hail, Krewe of Cork!

January 29, 2020
Patrick van Hoorebeek, a Belgium-born French Quarter bon vivant, is founder of the Krewe of Cork and serves as their King for Life. On February 14, he will lead fellow Corkians on their 20th annual wine-fueled Mardi Gras jaunt through the French Quarter. “We have an 11 am Bloody Mary block party in front of the Court of Two Sisters, followed by a ‘sparkling lunch’ where the champagne shall flow in the lush courtyard, culminating in the 3pm parade, explains the benevolent King.”We celebrate Wine! Food!

Let’s Party!

January 29, 2020
The Greatest Free Show on Earth, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, February 25th. The biggest free party thrown in North America always falls 46 days before Easter and is the city's most popular attraction. Visitors and locals alike love the party atmosphere, jovial crowds, and costumed revelers.

HOLLA! DAZE - Music, Comedy, and Theater Showtimes Galore

November 01, 2019
The days may be getting shorter…but that means more nighttime and more options for after dark. It may not be festival season yet, but the winter months may just be the best time of year to visit New Orleans. The city is certainly a busy place no matter what season, but the holidays offer a particularly sophisticated lineup of entertainment. Seasonal decorations and lighting accent the beauty of the city’s historical theaters and halls. The weather is milder than most locales, so no need to coat check those puffy winter coats.

LUNA Fête returns for its sixth year to downtown New Orleans

November 01, 2019
LUNA Fête returns for its sixth year to downtown New Orleans December 12–15th from 6 to 10 pm nightly.

Free and open to the public, this light art festival is produced by the Arts Council New Orleans and features interactive installations, immersive projection mapping, and live performances from Lafayette Square to Fulton Street. Gallier Hall projection shows begin at the top of each hour.

Holiday Traditions in the Vieux Carré

November 01, 2019
Cue the music; it's holiday time in New Orleans! When Louis Armstrong put his gravelly vocals to smooth brass on the swinging 1955 recording of "Christmas in New Orleans," his voice was like New Orleans itself--a unique blend of rough edges and refinement. Imagine spending some time in the French Quarter during the holiday season in the 1800’s…hear the clip-clopping sounds of horses pulling buggies down the cobblestone streets. When invited into a home along Royal Street, you see a small potted citrus tree on the table decorated with little gifts, paper ornaments, and tallow candles.

Miracle on Decatur Street

November 01, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! One of my favorite holiday traditions is to gather my girlfriends together for a day of gift shopping in the French Market. We pride ourselves in selecting unique gifts for our family and friends while giving back to our community we love by shopping locally. The French Quarter is in our blood; in fact, our private joke is that our blood type is FQ! We shop ‘til we drop, stop for a bite and a cocktail or three, and shop some more!

Seasonal Showcase!

July 30, 2019
New Orleans is a community completely capable of performing several complicated but entertaining tasks simultaneously.

At this time of year, while staging the Greatest Free Show on Earth, which is the annual Carnival spectacle, the City can also present a brilliant live theatre season, set a great dinner table at any of a multitude of fine restaurants (more about that later!), host innumerable conventions, and mount a festival line-up that is the envy of cities around the world.

Dirty Linen Night

July 30, 2019
August 10, 2019 marks the 19th annual Dirty Linen Night celebration on Royal Street. For the third year in a row, the event is being presented by The Royal Street Art District. The event will once again encompass the 300 – 900 blocks of Royal Street and as a highlight add the 1000 and 1100 blocks to the party.