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Halloween In New Orleans – Vampire Ball

 “Some are born to Sweet Delight, Others are born to Endless Night.”

New Orleans has long been known as a premier destination for Halloween, due to the many exceptional events taking place in the city the entire week of the holiday.

One such spooky spectacular is the annual Endless Night Vampire Ball. The Ball has been held in New Orleans since 1998 and has grown more lavish each year.

The location is the famous House of Blues on Decatur street. As the dress code is strongly enforced, it is highly recommended that you read up on the dress requirements before attending the event.

Tickets may be purchased from the event site.

1896 O’Malley House still has limited room availability for Halloween week- contact us to book soon!

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New Orleans is maybe not the first place you think of to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but if you experience it yourself, it might just take precedence over other cities in your mind!

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club will sponsor it’s annual mass and parade, which starts at noon at St. Mary’s Assumption Church (2030 Constance Street) and is followed by the parade at 1 p.m.  The parade starts at the intersection of Felicity Street and Magazine and goes on  from Jackson Avenue to St. Charles Avenue to Louisiana Avenue to Magazine Street,  ending on Jackson Ave. You will likely spy flying cabbages and potatoes along with the beads and dubloons!

The fin continues the next day at the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block party, featuring Irish music, dancers, food, arts and crafts and,of course, lots of beer. Find the party at the Annunciation Square Playground from 10 am to 6pm. Proceeds from the block party benefit St. Michael’s Special School.

The parade and block party are an Irish New Orleans tradition going back more than 60 years. Stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House for a fully Irish experience!

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New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

Come to New Orleans to dance in the streets and usher in 2012! The Crescent City Countdown Club will once again host a street party of epic proportions to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The fun starts at 9:00pm on Dec 31st. with musical performances on the Decatur Street City Stage, and continues all night long. At the stroke of midnight, the 2012 Board will light up with the new year, and fireworks will begin, synchronized to music, including the fight songs of  visiting Allstate Sugar Bowl teams Michigan and Virginia Tech, as well as those of BCS Championship teams LSU and Alabama. As if that were not enough, the fireworks will reflect the teams’ colors as their fight songs play!

When you’ve done with your wonderful New Year’s Eve partying, come back to 1896 O’Malley House for a great night’s sleep. Book Now for Next Year!

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December 17th, 2011 will find Lafayette Street teeming with Santa look-alikes accompanied by Mrs. Clauses and even a few elves.Running of the Santas is credited as “The World’s Naughtiest Festival and Pub Crawl” and attracts thousands to the Warehouse District for fun and frivolity that only New Orleans can provide.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit the That Others May Live Foundation, which provides support, immediate tragedy assistance and scholarships to families of U.S. Air Force personnel who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions.

After the Fun Run, wherein hundreds of Santa wanna-bes flood the street for 3 blocks, from the “South Pole” to the “North Pole”, where the festivities will commence in earnest.

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Christmas New Orleans Style

Christmas New Orleans Style is like no other Christmas in the country! This month long celebration will certainly put you in the holiday mood, as you are transported back in time by costumed characters roaming the Vieux Carre. Celebrate with the Krewe of Jingle holiday parade and the Jingle Mingle Block Part on Canal Street.

New Orleans restaurants will again be hosting Reveillion Dinners, partaking in historic traditions at three NO restaurants which are over 100 years old- Tujague’s, Commander’s Palace, and Galatoire’s.

The 200 year old St. Louis Cathedral will present weekly concerts, featuring choirs, brass bands, Jazz quartets and other musical delights.

Make sure to book your rooms at 1896 O’Malley House so that you don’t miss out on any of the festivities.

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Southern Decadence

The fortieth annual Southern Decadence  will be celebrated Labor Day weekend, August 31st to September 6, 2011. Considered one of the top gay destinations in the world, Southern Decadence is known as the”Gay Mardi Gras” and attracts tens of thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered participants each year. New Orleans has issued an Official Proclamation to welcome Southern Decadence to the city in recognition of the large financial impact the celebration has on the city.

The official colors for this year’s event are Fuchsia Pink, Black and Silver. The official song is Firework by Katy Perry, and the theme is “Viva New Orleans:What Happens in New Orleans Stays in New Orleans”. , to borrow from another rather unrestrained American city. The parade will be led by Grand Marshals Misael Rubio and Tiffany Alexander on Sunday through the streets of the Big Easy.

We book early at 1896 O’Malley House for Southern Decadence, so start planning ahead for next year!

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Christmas in New Orleans

December is a magical time in New Orleans. There are carolers strolling the French Quarter along with choirs and musicians. The city is all lit up with holiday lights and decorations. Restaurants are serving Reveillon dinners.
City Park is decorated for “Christmas in the Oaks”, a beautiful walking tour of the Botanical Gardens. On December 19th New Orleanians gather in Jackson Square to sing Christmas carols.
Throughout December St. Lewis Cathedral offer free concerts. Come join for a Christmas you will not soon forget.

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Fall is here and things are jumping in New Orleans. The fall festival season kicks off with Art for Arts Sake on Oct. 2. The New Orleans Film Festival is next starting on Oct.14-21st.
The Fall Garden Show in City Park and The Crescent City Blues Festival both the weekend of Oct. 16th-17th.
Next we have the Bucktown Sea Food Festival and the Wooden Boat Fest (Madisonville). I really love that one. Both are the weekend of Oct. 22-24th.
At the end of the month we have the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park and of course HALLOWEEN!
New Orleans we voted as the best Halloween destination in the country by the travel writers.
The weather is amazing this time on year here in NOLA so come for a visit. Your room is waiting.