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List of Parades for 2014 Mardi Gras: February 26 – March 3

The parades are growing more numerous the closer we get to the real Fat Tuesday! New Orleans and the surrounding cities are proud to be the real McCoy when it comes to Mardi Gras. Other places do it, but we are the original and most well-known, and we revel in that fact!

Krewe of Druis parade, lady dressed in red fur, man in medieval dressFebruary 26
Starting off Uptown, the Krewe of Druids and their mysterious leader, the Archdruid, begin at 6:30, followed immediately by the all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx, one of the newer krewes, formed in 2012.

February 27
We stay uptown for the Knights of Babylon parade, at 5:45pm, with it’s mule-drawn king and flambeaux lit floats, telling a story as the traverse the city, followed by the Knights of Chaos, when it’s theme will finally be revealed at 6:30. Also uptown is the Krewe of Muses, another all-female krewe with over 650 riders at 6:30 with their student-designed throw cup.


February 28
Again in Uptown, we have three parades in a row, starting with Krewe of Hermes at 6pm, a krewe started in 1937, whose captain leads the parade in full regalia upon a white horse. Then at 6:30 is the Krewe d’Etat, rolling with 415 male riders, revealing it’s secret theme and throwing blinking beads. Finally at 7pm, Krewe of Morpheus comes through with its 500 male and female riders and “old-time” traditional parade experience.

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At 10:45AM in the Westbank is the parade of the Krewe of Nomtoc, (New Orleans Most Talked Of Club), with its famous throws and 400 all African American male and female riders. 11AM in Uptown is the historic Krewe of Iris, formed in 1917, all female, and following strict traditions such as full masks and white gloves. At Noon, Krewe of Tucks, a humorous group with an “Animal House” flair. Mid-City at 4:15pm, super-krewe Endymion rolls with 2,700 masked riders, throwing millions of beads and Endymion 2014 collectible throws, and Grand Marshall Carrie Underwood. At 6:30PM in Metairie, Krewe of Isis brings the Egypt to Louisiana with 250 riders and 21 floats.

Mardi Gras parade float with enormous green alligatorMarch 2
Sunday is a big day for Uptown with 4 parades, starting at 11am with Krewe of Okeanos with 250 riders of both sexes, then at 11:45, the Krewe of Mid-City, formed in 1933 and considered “The best day parade in Mardi Gras”. At Noon, the Krewe of Thoth rolls with its wonderful throws, and making sure to parade past health care facilities for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see a parade. Later, at 5:15 pm, Krewe of Bacchus rolls with it’s grand marshall, House himself, Hugh Laurie. If you find yourself in Metairie at 5:30PM, you can see Krewe of Napoleon and its French theme, with the Emperor and Jospehine and the Arc De Triumph pulled by white horses.

March 3
Krewe of Proteus rolls Uptown at 5:15pm with its giant seashell protecting the mysterious king and historical parade chassis from 1882. 6pm will find Krewe of Orpheus, another super-krewe with grand marshall Fats Domino and king Quentin Tarantino. Moving on to Metarie at 6:15PM with Krewe of Hera, one of only two female Krewes in the parish, followed by Krewe of Zeus, a Greek themed parade with a mule-drawn king’s float and calliope.

The next post in our series will be all about the Big Day itself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Orleans Parade List for Mardi Gras 2014 – February 15th – February 23rd

The carnival season officially started on January 6th with the Joan d’Arc parade, but the Mardi Gras parade float- laughing jester head with green, yellow and purple costumeaction really heats up in New Orleans on February 15th. Here is a list of the parades for 2014:

February 15th:
Krewe du Vieux rolls its naughty self through the French Quarter starting at 6pm, followed by Krewe Delusion, a satirical parade with a secret theme.

February 16:
Krewe of Perseus will roll through Slidell at 1pm with it’s 2014 theme, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere!”

February 21st:
Starts at 3pm in the French Quarter with Krewe of Cork, celebrating wine, food and fun. At 6pm, head uptown for the Krewe of Oshun parade, which is family-friendly, followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra, the first all-female organization on the Uptown.

February 22nd: Krewe of Adonis logo, handsome blonde man with big muscles
The West Bank will come alive at 11:45am with the Mystic Knights of Adonis, 200 male and female riders, 16 floats and family-oriented. Move to Chalmette  by 1:00pm to catch the Knights of Nemesis, a businessman’s group, or go Uptown for a series of parades all in a row, starting with the Krewe of Pontchartrain, then the Krewe Delusion, followed by  the Krewe of Freret. Stay uptown til 6pm, when here come the Knights of Sparta, followed by Krewe of Pygmalion. Also at 6pm is the Krewe of Caesar in Metairie and the Krewe of Olympia in Covington. At 6:30 in Slidell, see the Mystic Krewe of Titans, an all-male krewe whose throws include cups with the Mystic Krewe of Titans logo, medallion beads, footballs, t-shirts, lighted tambourines, foam batons and necklaces. Finally, The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls through Marigney at 8pm, with its elaborate hand-made throws and sci-fi theme.

Krewe of Barkus official poster- Dogzilla licking the city of New OrleansFebruary 23rd (Family Sunday):
Head Uptown at noon for Krewe of Carrollton, followed by Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin, AKA “New Orleans’ Friendliest Mardi Gras Krewe” and then Krewe of Alla, whose throws are generous and of a good variety. Back in Slidell at 1pm, the Krewe of Dionysis rolls with 18 floats, including 11 double-deckers. At 2pm, choose between the dog-centered Krewe of Barkus in the French Quarter with its theme “DOGZILLA – Barkus Licks the Crescent City”, or the very unique Krewe of Tchefuncte BOAT parade in Madisonville.

We’ll continue the fun on the next post with the parades from February 26 – March 3, culminating this series with the parade list for THE BIG DAY itself! Don’t forget 1896 O’Malley House when looking for Mardi Gras lodging!

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Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras King Cake, white frosting with purple, green, and gold sugarMardi Gras is a celebration with ancient roots. Some say that it’s associated with the Roman Saturnalia celebration, and was adopted by the early church fathers to entice the new converts. From there, the practices spread to Europe, where some other pieces of the Mardi Gras puzzle entered the picture, such as King Cakes. These are thought to be descendants of cakes that we handed out to the peasantry by the landed gentry upon horseback. Along with the cakes were coins and other trinkets- reminiscent of today’s parade throws.

The actual words “Mardi Gras” translate to “Fat Tuesday” and represent that last day for  excess before Lent begins. Mardi Gras or Carnival season itself starts every year on January 6th, also known as Twelfth Night or Epiphany- the 12th day of Christmas and the beginning of the days of frivolity that conclude on the eve of Ash Wednesday.

How Mardi Gras came to the new world remains a mystery, with several iterations of the story- one tale has the celebration brought to America in 1699 by Sieur d’Iberville, a French explorer who landed in what is modern Mobile, and named the area “Pointe du Mardi Gras”, as it was the eve of the holiday. Some hold that students home from studying in France dressed in costumes and paraded the streets of New Orleans in the early 1700s, which was embraced by the people of the city and became an annual ritual. Others say it simply came with the French settlers in what is now known as Louisiana.

mardi gras parade with float at night However it got here, it has never left! The celebration has evolved over the years, becoming a riotous frolic that lasts for two months or more, depending on the date of Easter each year. It’s even an official state holiday in Louisiana! Parades started really taking off in the early 1800′s. Krewes came along, with the introduction of floats (also know as “tableaux cars”- I think we should bring that back!), Krewes starting throwing trinkets from the floats, and the modern Mardi Gras parade was born. The floats have become more elaborate, as have the “throws”- and ladies, you do not have to flash your “assets” to get beads- just catch them! There are now over 70 krewes bringing the fun to the city with parades almost every day from February 15th until the Big Day.

The colorsclose up of purple, gold and green Mardi Gras beads of Mardi Gras are everywhere! They are Purple (justice), Green (faith), and Gold (power). They were adopted after the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff suggested them, based upon his family’s heraldic colors. The story goes that when LSU was picking colors for the university, the shops were full of Mardi Gras colors. LSU decided to use purple and gold, which left Tulane only the green!

We love our Mardi Gras guests and they appreciate our 24/7 free soft drinks, beer and wine as well as the delicious breakfast that soaks it all up, enabling them to party another day!

Larry Watts
Innkeeper, 1896 O’Malley House

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Count down to 2014 in New Orleans Style

fireworks This is no small celebration, as the Crescent City Countdown Club has created a night to remember.

For your enjoyment – begin your evening with one of the delicious, traditional Reveillon dinners served by local restaurants.

For your entertainment – check out the Decatur Street celebration (in front of Jacson Square) with live performances up to the countdown.  Move and groove with Brassaholics from 9-9:40, Mia Borders from 10-10:40, and Bonerama from 11-11:40.

Join the excitement – an 8′ tall fleur de lis ornament that has been lit with LED lights and decorated with aluminum ribbons, will descend down a 25 foot pole.  This spectacle is followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Mississippi River, called “Symphony in the Sky.”

float with baby wear New Orleans Saints Helmet to celebrate New Years

There is just no better way to kick off a New Year!  2014 will begin just right with your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll find restful accommodations and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

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Get in the Holiday spirit during your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast with a visit to the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park from November 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of white lights will dazzle you as they twinkle and light up the 13 gated acres of the oak groves and the rest of the landscape.

mr bingle the snowman display at city park

This is a New Orleans tradition, beloved by natives and visitors alike.  There is something for everyone here including an amusement park with a carousel and train rides.  You won’t want to miss the Cajun Night Before Christmas display as well as Mr. Bingle: a favorite New Orleans snowman.  (This photo of Mr. Bingle is from 2008 and was featured in The Times-Picayune)

Enjoy this holiday display from Thanksgiving through January 4th (closed 12/24-12/31)

Admission is $8 per person – children under 3 and friends of City Park are free.  The train ride is $4 and amusement park rides are $3/single ride or $17/unlimited.

Pets are not allowed, and visitors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

City Park has recently added 300 parking spaces right across from the Botanical Gardens.  This is conveniently located close to the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.  Click here for a map and parking information.

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The Haunted Mortuary of New Orleans: Halloween 2013

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New Orleans is a remarkable city with spirit!  Thanks to the local history and legends you’ll find that New Orleans also contains remarkable “spirits.” What better time, than Halloween, to check out New Orleans’ haunted past?

How about a haunted house visit – in a real haunted house?  Check out:

The Haunted Mortuary
4800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ghost Tours by advanced arrangement:
To schedule a visit to The Haunted Mortuary call 504.579.4431 or email 

The historical and actively haunted mansion, The Haunted Mortuary is a Victorian mansion, built in 1872 as a family home, is at the end of the Canal Street  Cemeteries street car line.  The architecture featured neo-classical revival style exterior, while the inside of the house resembles the eclectic Victorian style.  Around 1930, this became the building where many bid their final farewells to loved ones, as the P J McMahon and Sons Undertaking Company.  The interior was further modified to accommodate the activities of a funeral home including an embalming room and onsite cold storage.

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The mansion was sold in 1996 and changed hands a few times, was gutted and eventually abandoned. But the mansion continued to have life to it, as the structure survived Hurricane Katrina.  Jeff Bourne purchased the home and renovated it to become The Haunted Mortuary that it is today.  It is the site of paranormal investigations and visitors have hailed it the scariest place in New Orleans.  Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunting is available at The Mortuary, and this year, the dead walk the earth at this year’s The Mortuary Haunted House: Zombie Outbreak.

Whether you happen to be in New Orleans during the Halloween season, or if you’re journeying here to scare your socks off – we recommend a visit to The Haunted Mortuary.  Then return to the safety and cheerful ambiance of 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – to rest and relax in comfort, knowing that spirits can’t reach you here…or can they?

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5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl: October 19, 2013 – New Orleans

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Will you be here October 19th?  Join the 5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl!  This event begins around the corner at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and includes a stop at 1896 O’Malley House, and a visit to our new courtyard bar.  Wear your costume and enjoy Rum Cocktails at each participating Porch!  The Halloween-esque event will take you on a tour of gorgeous Mid-City Porches where you can enjoy unique beverages, mouth-watering local food, and a good time with fellow crawlers.  Each porch provides unique flavors and drinks – and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Finn McCool’s will host the kick-off and after parties, and guests are invited to stroll with tour guides to each porch.  After party awards include “Best Costume,” “Best Cocktail,” and “Best Decorated Porch,” so stick around to see if we win!

Tickets for the Mid-City Porch Crawl are $45 for non-Mid City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) members – and it is worth every dime.  This is a fundraiser to help improve our neighborhood, and MCNO has donated funds to such worthy causes as Easton High School Band and The Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Library.  Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful refreshments and a good time – but your contribution will help make the Mid-City community better.

Looking forward to porch crawling with you!

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Go 4th on the River, 2013: Independence Day in New Orleans

Summer is here and the parties are heating up.  Sure, New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, but no celebration lights up the Mississippi River like the 4th of July.  If you’re staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over July 4th, don’t miss New Orleans’ spectacular salute to Independence Day.

The 4th of July in New Orleans is complete with free concerts featuring local brass and jazz bands and more.  The official schedule of events and bands have not yet been announced, but the grand finale of the patriotic filled day will be a firework display at 9 pm.  What sets this fireworks display apart from any that you will see elsewhere, is the enormous display from twin barges on the Mississippi River in the Woldenberg Riverfront Park.  This event is known as Dueling Barges in the 23rd Annual Go Fourth on the River celebration.

You can view the fireworks either on the French Quarter side of the river, or from Woldenberg Park.

For more details about this event, check out New Orleans Online, but also watch Go 4th on the River website for updated information.  We believe this is a must see!  Reserve your room with us today, and come celebrate with us!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in New Orleans

Oh, the music in the air!
An’ the joy that’s ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An’ the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th’-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly

New Orleans will be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day too, and we can’t wait to begin the celebration!  Let 1896 O’Malley House be your home-base as you explore the various things to do on this luck-filled weekend.  In typical NOLA fashion, we will commemorate this holiday with parades…be sure to check out one of the following:

See New Orleans: St. Patrick’s Day for more information about St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, parades and block parties.

After the parades, visit a local Irish Pub for some green beer and some delicious Pub Food.

Right around the corner from our inn, you’ll find Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, our personal favorite.  They were voted the Best Neighborhood Bar In New Orleans in Gambit Weekly, and for good reason!  In addition to a great and welcoming atmosphere, Finn McCool’s is the place to catch a game of European Football (in addition to other sports).  Refresh with delicious food and amazing drinks!

Try Molly’s at the Market, a popular hangout that is ready for some Irish inspired festivities!  Reserve your space to ride in our parade, or just watch it and enjoy some green beer or your favorite Irish refreshment afterward.

Parisol’s Bar & Restaurant will be hosting a 3-day St. Patrick’s Day Block Party!  Bring your friends or meet new ones at this exciting celebration, and enjoy delicious food and drinks together!

Enjoy some traditional Irish classics such as Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Beef Stew, Bangers and Mash, and Corned Beef (of course) at The Irish House by Chef Matt Murphy, an Irish Gastropub specializing in “high-quality food.”  The Irish House even offers a gluten-free menu.   Select your beverage of choice from a variety of beers, then into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Crescent City Celtic Band on March 17 at 7-10 pm.

With all of the choices available for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration – you only have one choice to make for a place to stay!  1896 O’Malley House is the perfect location to return to after a parade, block party, or pub visit.  We offer cozy accommodations in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for resting after a busy day of parties.

And now – a final Irish Blessing:

May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their harts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.

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Make Valentine’s Day 2013 a Romantic Night in New Orleans

valentine's suiteIt’s time to start planning time with your special someone for Valentine’s Day or the following weekend.  Show your love by treating your sweetheart to a romantic dinner for two.  Then relax in luxury accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast.

Romantic Accommodations
Check out the Colonel Parker Suite, an exquisite suite decorated in rich red, dark woods, and a beautiful fireplace.  Our queen-size, four-post bed has luxurious custom linens providing comfort and tranquility.  Enjoy a relaxing bath in a whirlpool tub/shower in the private bathroom.  This is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  This lovely room is pictured above.

We also invite you to the Broyard Suite, a beautiful room with classic and elegant furniture and decore, also featuring the original coal-burning fireplace to make the atmosphere romantic and cozy.  This room includes a beautiful queen-size, four-post bed and guest robes.  End your Valentine’s evening with a soak in the whirlpool tub/shower combo.

Romantic Dinner-for-Two
New Orleans is known for its cuisine, so we know you will find a delightful romantic restaurant to make your evening complete.

You may enjoy a delicious and elegant meal at Commander’s Palace, providing traditional Louisiana Creole cuisine in the Garden District.

For French Continental Cuisine, check out Flaming Torch Restaurant, a boutique restaurant in Uptown New Orleans using locally grown fresh ingredients in an warm atmosphere.

Wherever you decide to dine with your dearest – don’t forget to make reservations!

Don’t make your Valentine’s Day plans at the last minute – book your room at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast today!