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Its Carnival Time in New Orleans

It’s that time of the year! The city is taking down Christmas decorations and putting up purple, green and gold. It’s a very magical and fun time. Being a native and taking all that our city has to offer for granted, we sometimes forget how these traditions are viewed from the outside world. Here is a list of questions that I am typically asked about  Mardi Gras in case you are  also curious about the basics of the celebration.

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Reveillon Dinners

Reveillon is a French word meaning “awakening”. In the Creole days of New Orleans it described a meal, which was served on Christmas Eve following midnight mass. Early settlers of New Orleans were Catholic, and the entire community emerged to participate in the ceremonies. After mass, families would come home to a massive feast, already prepared and laid out. A typical reveillon menu resembled breakfast, several egg dishes, puddings and breads, but also could offer rich dishes like turtle soup, gumbo’s, oysters and grillades of veal. Of course, Creoles accompanied this rich food with wines and cordials. The dinners lasted for hours, and even sometimes until dawn.
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New Orleans Christmas Concerts

New Orleans is celebrating Christmas! An endearing tradition is the Christmas concert series at the St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.

Enjoy jazz, gospel, classical and traditional music performed by some of our finest local talent.

Mon.       Dec. 6th             Ellis Marsalis
Wed.       Dec. 8th             Zion Harmonizers
Sun.        Dec. 12th            Ingrid  Lucia
Mon.       Dec.  13th           Trish Foti Genco
Tues.      Dec.  14th            Danny O’Flaherty
Wed.       Dec. 15th            Tom McDermott
Thurs.     Dec. 16th            Philip Manuel
Sun.        Dec. 19th            St Louis Cathedral Basilica Concert
Mon.       Dec.  20th           Waltler Wolfman Washington
Tues.       Dec.  21st           Irvin Mayfield

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New Orleans French Quarter Secret Gardens Tour

 There are treasures behind those French Quarter doors . Pass through the narrow alley and discover  brick patios, sounds of flowing fountains and 100 year old wisteria vines. This is the  living art of a unique part of our New Orleans culture.
 The Secret Gardens Tour takes you behind gates and walls to expose the French Quarters most charming secrets.

The general climate in New Orleans is quite tropical as are its lush gardens. You’ll see sweet olive, birds of paradise, jasmine, wisteria, Japanese plums, several varieties of gingers and bougainvillea. read more »

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The Evolution of “Who Dat”

In the beginning there was the “WHO DAT”, which grew into a large number of people and became the “WHO DAT NATION”. This nation of people only seem to have black and gold clothing in their closets and don’t seem to mind wearing the same thing over and over. They are also very very loud and make alot of noise.



The year 2009 brought the “BELIEVE DAT”.Everyone was pinching each other because the Saints were actually undefeated and the idea of going all the way…..well maybe we could….so you just had to “BELIEVE DAT!”

OMG we win the Super Bowl! The city is joyous. Everyone is hugging and jumping up and down. People are singing the “Who Dat” chant in Walmart.
And of course, we have a parade. We just couldn’t get enough, our beloved boys went all the way and we wanted more! So then goes the “REPEAT DAT!

 

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An Open Letter to the Who Dat Nation

This made the front page of the Times Picayune…..gotta love this place…had to share it!

Check it out here

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5 Year Anniversary of Katrina

With prayers, the solemn tolling of bells, second line parades, the drumming of Mardi Gras Indians, commemorative services, and tear filled eyes, south Louisiana residents relived those first days of Katrina. Local and national television stations replayed the heart wrenching scenes of thousands stranded on roof tops and the  pitiful scenes of the disaster in the Superdome.

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