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Luck of the Irish: Irish Pubs in New Orleans

Catch a cabbage at a St. Patrick's Day Parade!

Catch a cabbage at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

 

Whehter you knew it or not, the Irish culture is alive  and well in New Orleans, with a large portion of the population able to claim an Irish heritage. As a result, many Irish establishments, particularly pubs, have popped up over the years, and there are plenty to visit on your visit to New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day. This is not at all an exhaustive list of the many Irish pubs located throughout New Orleans—they are merely a few in a sea of the Irish culture of New Orleans.

Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks St)

Located in Mid-city, Finn McCool’s, also known as simply “Finn’s,” always celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. This year they have everything from the “Kilts of Many Colour’s Pipes and Drums Band” to a school of Irish dancing on the Friday before St. Patty’s. On the actual day, the pub throws a block party with music, free food, Irish karaoke and a mini float parade where revelers don boxes and march around the block.

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Best Spots to Catch Mardi Gras Parades

mardi gras4 (2)The Mardi Gras parade routes are long, and you can find plenty of places to stand—some more crowded than others. Depending on your age, whether or not you have kids and your parade-watching preferences, there are various parts of the route that might be best suited for you. Here are a few of the best spots you can try on your visit.

Grandstands on St. Charles Ave

Depending on the parade, tickets to the grandstands on St. Charles Ave can be fairly cheap and absolutely worth it. When the floats pass, they are just a few feet from where you can stand. And instead of competing with huge crowds on the ground, you can have a place to sit and be more comfortable. Just bring a huge bag for all the beads and trinkets you’re likely to get! Prices range from as low as $5 to $50 a pop depending on the parade, and they can be purchased at https://www.neworleansparadetickets.com/.

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History of Mardi Gras

MardiGras2smWhile Mardi Gras has become a fixture of New Orleans culture, the holiday does not have its earliest roots in the city. The Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday tradition began centuries before in Rome as a religious holiday that marked the last day before Lent, or Ash Wednesday.

The custom spread to France where it then traveled to the French American colonies at the tail end of the 17th century. On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville set up camp about 60 miles south of New Orleans. Knowing that March 3 was being celebrated as a major holiday back in France, Bienville named the spot “Pointe du Mardi Gras.”

In 1703, the first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in what is now Mobile. In 1704, the secret society Masque de la Mobile was founded as a precursor to today’s Mardi Gras krewes. In 1710, the Boeuf Gras Society was established and paraded from 1711 through 1861.

New Orleans was founded in 1718, and by the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in the form of elegant society balls, which became the basis of today’s Mardi Gras ball tradition. In 1781, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of New Orleans’ carnival organizations.

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French Market’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations

Commanders palace crab soup

 

 

 

No matter what a holiday or celebration calls for, in New Orleans, rest assured that food will play a major role in the festivities. Whether that’s cooking at home for family and friends or learning how to cook from local masters, food always finds a way into the holiday fun.

Cooking demonstrations have become a popular travel activity, as visitors often love to take home a new set of recipes or cooking methods from the places they visit. Already known worldwide for its unique and timeless cuisine, New Orleans is a city rife with opportunities to bring a fresh cooking experience home for the holidays.

This year, as part of the holiday celebrations, The Market Stage at the French Market will host a series of holiday cooking demonstrations by local professional chefs. These demonstrations will give both locals and visitors a chance to see various dishes, prepared by the masters themselves, that they can bring home to their own holiday tables.

The demonstrations take place on Tuesdays through Fridays in December from Dec. 17th through 20th at 2pm, and they last about 30 minutes, plus samplings to follow. Admission is free for all, but seating is limited. read more »

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NOLA Lit Fest: 2013 Words & Music Festival

cocktail glass filled to the top sitting on a napkin from the Hotel Monteleone

Literature is ingrained in the history of New Orleans, and many authors have lived in and loved the city, both visitors and natives alike. You can enjoy a few different festivals celebrating this long lit history and current state of reading and writing, and one is the upcoming Words & Music Festival this week and weekend, Dec. 4th-8th. The event centers at Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St), including the lobby and Carousel Bar upstairs in addition to rooms upstairs.

Both established and up-and-coming writers alike join together with other scholars, editors, publishers and performing artists to share their passions of the art of writing and reading. You’ll find ticketed events to panel discussions, readings, writing sessions, manuscript critiques, book signings, music events and more. There’s even a black tie award ceremony for writers who win the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, a creative writing competition of previously unpublished work in categories such as narrative non-fiction, short story, essay and poetry, among others.

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Hell Yes Fest: New Orleans’ Comedy Gold

Prytania TheaterOver the next week, New Orleans’ annual fall comedy fest, Hell Yes Fest (Nov. 12th-18th), will fill seven New Orleans venues with comedy lovers and performers of all types. From sketch and improv to stand-up, films and full productions, dozens of performers will put on shows that have a little something for everyone.

Hell Yes Fest is an annual comedy festival held in November in New Orleans and each April in Austin, TX. While those in the comedy scene have long said that New Orleans has not been a center or accessible city for good comedy, the scene is coming back with a vengeance to prove the quality and quantity of comedians located in and around New Orleans (plus some of the fest’s special visiting acts).

Different shows for Hell Yes Fest take place at a handful of venues throughout the city. Opening night, headlining weekend shows and closing night will all take place at One Eyed Jacks, and Hell Yes Film Fest’s opening night is at Prytania Theater. All sketch comedy shows and podcast recordings are hosted at The New Movement, and all improv comedy shows take place at The Shadowbox. Special production shows take place at Café Istanbul. Most stand-up comedy shows are held at Hi-Ho Lounge except for one stand-up showcase which will be held at House of Blues.

The Hell Yes Film Fest is the cinematic portion of the comedy festival. Screenings for the spotlight feature The Bounceback and NOLA Webseries Sunken City will be held at Prytania Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 13th. The Standup/Short Film Mashup, featuring such short films as Red Light, Model Wife and How It’s Made, will take place at Hi-Ho Lounge on Thursday, Nov. 14th. On Friday, Nov. 15th, you can see the film Summer League at Café Istanbul. read more »

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Opera on Tap had brought Opera back to New Orleans

Rusty Nail

 

 

 

In October 2007, New Orleans partnered with Opera on Tap in New York City to create the first Opera on Tap franchise in a city so rich with musical talent and history, it seemed only fitting that the next one would be here. The organization is now hosting their 7th season in the city, and it continues to grow each year.

The New Orleans Chapter of Opera on Tap features some of the finest vocal talent in the city, who perform 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more. The singers pack the venues they perform in—including The Rusty Nail, their home base—with opera and music lovers of all ages, often with a drink in hand to add to the special occasion. This location can be easily reached by the St. Charles Ave streetcar which is only 2 blocks from our B&B.

The music may seem a stark contrast to the typical bar setting, but that’s one aspect that makes these shows so interesting and unique. The crowds get just as into the music and applause as they would any other live music show in the city, perhaps except for the more reverential quiet during the actual performance which is sometimes on a mic and sometimes not. read more »