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New Orleans Festivals

Bastille Day Celebrations In New Orleans

And you thought the fireworks were over.  Wrong.  So very wrong.  Because in New Orleans, we aren’t just American.  We also are a colonial city, founded by the French and governed by the French and Spanish along the way. That means—another chance for a party, on Bastille Day, July 14!  Yes, that’s right, but since it falls on the weekend, we get a few days of fêtes!  All in honor of the French ideals of libertê, egalitê, and fraternitê.  Which are, after all, ideals we cherish in New Orleans.

The Alliance Française of New Orleans puts on dinner for Bastille Day at Restaurant Galvez in the French Market to start on Friday, July 13, at 8:00 PM.  Today is the last day to order tickets for that gala dinner, but if you don’t make it to the dinner, you can check out the fireworks over the grand Mississippi River in Dutch Alley.  There’ll be a band, of course.  Fireworks start at 9PM.  Watch for sparklers in—red, white and blue, of course!

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New Orleans Festivals

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, December 10th, 2011

New Orleans’ Treme’ neighborhood was a haven for free people of color, Haitian immigrants, and white New Orleanians since the end of the 18th century.  The racially mixed neighborhood, situated on the north (lake) side of the French Quarter, was bounded by Rampart Street on the south, Canal Street to the west, Esplanade on the east, and Broad Street on the north.  Before there was “Treme’,” the HBO television series set in post-Katrina New Orleans and celebrating the food and music of New Orleans, there was Treme’, a vibrant and intellectually advanced community where Creole artists, musicians, tradespeople, and writers spoke French and congregated in Congo Square, now Louis Armstrong Park.  This is where jazz began, folks.  In recent times, the neighborhood contributed to New Orleans jazz by producing Kermit Ruffins, the drummer Shannon Powell, and the Treme’ Brass Band, who still perform at clubs in the area.

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New Orleans Dining

Times Picayune’s Top 10 Restaurant Picks

New Orleanian’s are passionate about eating out. At present there are 1220 restaurants in the city and the competition is steep. As any chef knows, you are only as good as your last meal and  the quality of restaurants in New Orleans is at a historic high.

The top ten winners this year in alphabetical order.

Native Susan Spicer and Bayona have passed their 20th birthday. Each year she has never ceases to delight her customers and remains one of the most respected New Orleans restaurants. The menu changes monthly, the ingredients are always fresh, excellent wine list, great service in a Creole cottage the the French Quarter.
Owner Brad Hollingsworth refuses to have a website. That mentality defines the essence of this Uptown  restaurant, they are steeped  between tradition and individualism.  Classic creole dishes , heavy on the seafood and solid grilled items with an impressive wine list. Bartenders are very generous pourers.


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French Quarter New Orleans Music Ogden Museum Preservation Hall

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art Presents : Preservation Hall Remembered: 50 Years of Jazz

This exhibit is worth a visit. It showcases the musicians of Preservation Hall, their music, and the art it inspired.You’ll view a collection of paintings, photographs, musical instruments and listen to recordings from strategically located ipods.

For me personally, it was a tribute to Allan and Sandra Jaffe , who in 1961 had the foresight to create the Society for the Preservation of New Orleans Jazz. We owe them a lot. What would New Orleans be without the music. They were passionate about the music and offered a place for the musicians to play and earn money. It wasn’t long after that the Preservation Hall Jazz band gained notoriety and began playing worldwide.

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French Quarter French Quarter Bars Jean Laffite's Blacksmith Shop

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans Oldest Bar

Lafitte's Blackmsith Shop New Orleans





There are many historical bars in the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the most entrancing of the historical bars in the French Quarter,  located on Bourbon and St. Phillip. This is the oldest structure used for a bar in the United States and is a remaining example of true French architecture in the Quarter. Everything about this place just feels right. The bar is shrouded in dim candlelight surrounding a brick health. Minimal electricity is used to keep the fridges cold, make ice, run your credit card and highlight the exit signs. It is a small and intimate, everything you want in a great New Orleans haunt. There is live piano music and a cozy outdoor patio. One does not feel like a tourist at Lafitte’s.

Legends say that Jean Laffite, the infamous privateer and champion of The Battle of New Orleans, used the blacksmith shop as a legitimate front for his many privateer enterprises. Seems fitting today that it is used as a favorite gathering place.

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