(November 23, 2014)
The poor boy is a major staple in New Orleans cuisine, and comes as diverse as the culture and people across the city. Its history dates back to 1929, when there was a major transit strike and the streetcars shut down for weeks. Restaurateurs felt bad for the workers and started serving “po-boy” sandwiches free of charge out of solidarity for their plight. The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is a free event that celebrates these delicious sandwiches that have changed the culture of the city.
New Orleans offers a unique way to celebrate the holiday season, with over 70 events to choose from. Go see A Christmas Carol, Caroling in Jackson Square, O Holy Night of Opera, or even spend Christmas Eve on the Steamboat Natchez. With so much to do, there really is no where else to spend the season.
(January 1, 2015)
This year marks the 81st annual Sugar Bowl, played in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. This event first started back during the Great Depression, has survived wars and hurricanes, and is still ranked one of the “most successful amateur athletic achievements in the history of American sports”.
(February 17, 2015)
You’ve never experienced the “party of the year” until you’ve experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday is a big party however the celebration starts at least two weeks in advance, with parades and events. It is the celebration of a lifetime and is something everyone should try at least once!
(March 21-22 and 28-29, 2015)
New Orleans is well known for its exciting nightlife and all of the festivities, however many people also visit for the wonderfully historic aspect of the city. The Annual Spring Fiesta showcases the years by offering the public the chance to tour the interiors of 20 privately owned homes in the French Quarter, Uptown, and Garden District. This is the opportunity to see ghosts of the past and the grandeur of the antebellum mansions that were built over a century ago.
(March 25-29, 2015)
In its 29th year, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Fest showcases the city’s rich history and relationship with the arts. This five-day festival hosts many different events, ranging from tours to speaker series. When the festival began in 1986, there was an audience of 500. In 2011, that number has swelled to over 10,000. Come check out what catches participants’ eyes and see why this is one of the top festivals in the city.