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New Christmas Season Events in New Orleans

If you’re planning ahead, the month of December has always been a magical and economical time to visit the city of New Orleans with a stay in our Garden District Lodging, the Grand Victorian.  Now a new family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center near the French Quarter and the Arts District will feature  “New Orleans Christmas in the District,” a series of holiday-themed large-scale light displays celebrating the culture and history of New Orleans.  Over 70 trees will be lit up in festive holiday colors with unique sparkling lights installed at the tops of many of the palm trees, creating a one-of-a-kind holiday environment.

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Tons of fun near our Garden District Lodging!

The display will include a unique digital Christmas tree, thousands of channels of lights that dance to the music and strobe lights that will surprise and delight visitors at just the right moments during the show.

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Garden District Lodging near festivities!

New Orleans Christmas in the District begins Saturday, November 30, 2013, and runs nightly through January 6, 2014, and is free and open to the public.

Check back at our Garden District Lodging to learn more about holiday events in the city.  The Christmas in New Orleans guidebook is due out soon.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our New Orleans Lodging weeknight special going on right now.  Buy two weeknights and get the third weeknight absolutely free!

 

 

First Eco-Friendly Halloween Parade in New Orleans!

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“Ghouls” Float Design for Krewe of Boo

 

The Krewe of Boo, a Halloween parade in the French Quarter of New Orleans, has gone green!

With our New Orleans bed and breakfast located direclty on the major Mardi Gras parade route, the Grand Victorian can attest to the amount of garbage generated at each parade.  We heartily applaud the Krewe’s foray into a cleaner greener parade and hope it grows to the Mardi Gras parades as well.

Locally-made food items and local collectible objects will be the only throws, and the Krewe thinks parade goers will want to consume or keep as mementos the one-of-a-kind pieces instead of catch huge quantities of beads.

Krewe organizer Blaine Kern worked with I Heart Louisiana, a company that specializes in locally-produced parade throws.  Instead of beads, parade-goers will be able to catch

  • Eco Friendly cups from Giacona Container Company (Louisiana made)
  • Candy made in the USA
  • Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s (Made in New Orleans)
  • PJs Coffee Frac Packs (Made in New Orleans)
  • Carmel Corn and Chee Wee bags Elmer’s Fine Foods (Made in New Orleans)
  • Zydeco Sweet Potato Nutrition Bars (Louisiana made)
  • Candy Corn Necklaces (hand made in New Orleans)
  • Voodoo Doll pins (hand made in New Orleans)
  • Voodoo Doll magnets (hand made in New Orleans)
  • Children’s Toys from Arc of Greater New Orleans

 

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Sculpted, hand painted candy corn necklace

 

SubKrewes  Chewbacchus and Bearded Oysters will be showing off original throw designs as well.

Catch and keep or eat your new throws from the Krewe of Boo on October 26 in the French Quarter and at Mardi Gras World.  Your quiet New Orleans bed and breakfast oasis away from the parade is just a streetcar ride away from the parade!

Check out the Grand Victorian’s weekday special, buy 2, get 1 free.  Good through mid-November!

August in New Orleans is Not Too Hot for Music, Art and Fun!

We don’t let the heat keep us from enjoying the city and the summer; here’s what’s coming up to keep you cool during the doldrums of August.

Satchmo Fest in New Orleans

Historic buildings, free music and food tents at Satchmo Fest!

 

Satchmo Fest – August 3rd, 4th, 5th

Satchmo Fest is the premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong.  You can get to this free festival by historic streetcar from our Garden District Bed and Breakfast to the French Quarter and the Old U.S. Mint.  Activities include music on multiple stages, dance lessons, kids’ activities, a traditional second line parade, and fabulous food options from local restaurants.

Trombone Shorty at Satchmo Fest

Even Trombone Shorty wears white at Satchmo Fest!

White Linen Night – August 4th

This free New Orleans block party amid the art galleries is also a straight streetcar ride from the inn to the Warehouse Arts District. You are encouraged to wear white to celebrate the historical custom of wearing white linen clothing to reflect the sunlight and beat the heat. As you stroll through the art galleries, sample world-famous cuisine from local restaurants and groove to live music in the street.

Southern Decadence – August 29th – September 3rd

Held every year over Labor Day weekend in the French Quarter, Southern Decadence has been called the largest GLBT community-based event in the South.  Non-stop music, elaborate costumes, a parade, and charity fund-raising events are just a few of the highlights of this six-day party.

 

Join us for some end of the summer fun! Our Buy Two Get One Free B&B Special continues through September.  Dip your toe into the French Quarter during the day and come back to our historic Garden District inn every night to relax and recover.

 

Three June Festivals in One New Orleans Historic Weekend

Tomatoes, Seafood and Zydeco: this festival trio (June 9-12, 2012) celebrates the early summer harvest bounty of the New Orleans region. The festivals are held at the same time and in the same location, the French Market District, 8 blocks along the Mississippi River from Jackson Square to Esplanade Avenue, a quick ride from our Garden District B&B via the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar.

Historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar by Garden District B&B

 

The French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival heralds the arrival of New Orleans’ favorite summer vegetable. The New Orleans secret behind what makes a tomato a Creole is only realized through the local culture. And what makes this festival a local favorite are the life size tomatoes strolling the grounds handing out tomato shaped fans and the annual auction of the first tomatoes of the season to local chefs for charity!

 

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The Louisiana Seafood Festival is held at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue) and features delicious dishes from local restaurants. It celebrates the family businesses that provides most of the shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish and alligator to the rest of the U.S. (By the way, it’s the beginning of shrimp season too!)

 

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The sixth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival has three stages (also at the Old U.S. Mint), cooking demonstrations, a large crafts fair with handmade jewelry and art, and some of the best Cajun and zydeco artists in the state.

Some of the artists this year include:

 C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie

Rosie Ledet

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

The Lost Bayou Ramblers

Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots

Bruce Daigrepont

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

 

Come out and enjoy all three festivals for delicious Louisiana food, music and fun! Two-step your way down to our Garden District Bed and Breakfast to relax after feasting and frolicking along the old Mississippi River.

 

 

 

French Quarter Fest in April

 

Get your music, food and French Quarter cravings met all in one place at French Quarter Fest, the largest free music festival in the South. For four days (April 12–15, 2012) you can hear over 800 local musicians on 21 stages plus taste delicious food from over 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, also known as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”

The French Quarter Fest is keeping traditional jazz music alive with Louisiana musicians as well as an International Stage where traditional jazz bands from all over the world will perform.

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, fireworks on the river are back on Saturday night. Sit along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and watch the show!

You can also learn to dance at the French Quarter Fest. Learn the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and how to second line at various stages in between music sets.

All of the French Quarter Festival events are free and accessible by the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar which will drop you off at the front steps of our New Orleans bed and breakfast. Elegant peaceful rooms in the Garden District offer a lovely complement to your fun vacation at the French Quarter Festival.

 

 

 

New Orleans Has the I’s of March

Not too long after the last bead has fallen from the trees (just kidding, they stay there year round), the streets heat up again with the beat of drums and marching feet. More celebrations and parades await the rested reveler in the city that celebrates.

Irish:

The St. Patrick’s Day parades and parties feature walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route. Floats throw beads plus the more infamous cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies! (You may even see a potato or two in the air!)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Channel Parade – 1 p.m.

(passes directly in front of the Grand Victorian)

 

Italians:

March 19th marks the Catholic celebration of St. Joseph’s Day where New Orleanians construct elaborate altars in honor of this saint. The tradition, commemorating the relief St. Joseph provided during a famine in Sicily, began in the late 1800’s when Sicilian immigrants settled in New Orleans. The American Italian Marching club hosts the annual St. Joseph’s day parade in the French Quarter is a local favorite with marchers dressed in black tuxedos proceeding to parade until dark.

Saturday, March 10

Italian American Marching Club – French Quarter

 

Indians:

St. Joseph’s Day has also been adopted as an important day for the Mardi Gras Indians, an African-American tradition unique to New Orleans. The Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian parade on the Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day is the one time of year all of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to show off their new suits. Original costumes are created every year and can weigh between 100 and 150 pounds.

(photo by M. Hinton)

Sunday, March 18

Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indians – 1pm

 

Islenos:

Islenos, or Canary Islanders, were recruited Spanish colonists from the Canary Islands that arrived in St. Bernard Parish between 1778 and 1783. Their annual heritage celebration occurs March 17-18 featuring traditional Spanish food and folk music.

Los Islenos Parade – Chalmette

April 1

You’ll get a front porch view of the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, and you’re a streetcar away from the French Quarter and Super Sunday events. Book your weekend now

 

Holiday Cooking Demonstrations by Local Chefts

Free cooking demonstrations by some or our acclaimed local chefs. At the Historic French Market between ursulines and Governor Nichols in the French Quarter. Sampling menus at www.neworleansonline/holiday

All demonstrations start at 2pm and last for 45 minutes. Come learn how to make some of the Reveillon dinners and enjoy the samples!

December 13 – Chef Darin Nesbit, Bourbon House

December 14 – Chef Alon Shaya, Domenica

December 15 – Chef Todd Pulsinelli, The American Sector

December 16 – Chef Ben Thibodeaux, Palace Cafe

December 20 – Chef Michael Gulotta, August

December 21 – Chef Matt Regan, Luke

December 22 – Zack Lemann, Audubon Insectarium (cricket cookies!)

December 23 – Chef Chad Penedo, Court of Two Sisters

 

Don’t just eat the run! Stay the night at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast; low Papa Noel rates still available for that last minute getaway!

 

Satchmo Summerfest 2011

The Big Easy is excited to celebrate the 11th annual Satchmo Summerfest in honor of the American jazz legend and New Orleans native, Louis Armstrong (or who we call Satchmo in this neck of the woods). From Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2011, explore the French Quarter as it celebrates the roots of jazz music from local performances to inspiring seminars. And, of course, no festival in New Orleans can go without the city’s acclaimed cuisine including Creole Jambalaya and chilling Snoballs.

 

New Orleans is excited to honor Louis Armstrong for his influence in jazz throughout the nation. Today we still listen to his soothing voice and lively trumpet playing with hits such as “What a Wonderful World” and “When You’re Smiling.” Not only does Satchmo Fest celebrate Armstrong for his musical influence, but his silent yet inspiring feats with racial differences during the Civil Rights movement.

 

Only a streetcar ride away from the four-day music festival is the Grand Victorian. It is the perfect location for couples, families, and friends to stay while visiting New Orleans. Nestled in the Garden District along St. Charles Avenue, the Grand Victorian provides the perfect location to access the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and Satchmo Fest while still being able to enjoy a restful night in a Victorian mansion.

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