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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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Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, June 8-9, 2013

Celebrate summer at the 7th Annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival on the two stages of the Old U.S. Mint in addition to a stage at the French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival; June 8-9, 2013.

Come dance with us to the two-step dance music provided by such artists as Chubby Carrier & the Bayout Swamp Band, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers – and many…many more!

You simply can’t resist this beat!


 

You won’t go hungry – the festival promises delicious local fare available throughout the party.  Finally – take home a piece of the festival and support local artisans at the Arts Market.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc is still finalizing details about this year’s festival – so check their website for details as we get closer to this event.  We hope that you’ll immerse yourself in NOLA life for a day when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast June 8 or 9, by joining the party – and moving your feet to some fantastic Cajun-Zydeco music that we love so much!

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo New Orleans, May 17-19, 2013

bayouStaying with us at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over the weekend of May 17-19?  Party with a purpose at the Bayou Boogaloo of 2013.  The 7th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo put on by the MotherShip Foundation benefits neighborhood restoration projects from Hurricane Katrina, sustainability projects, and more.  What better reason to get into local music, art, and delicious food?

Saturday, May 18th check out the Bicycle Pub Crawl beginning at 8 AM and taking you to 6 local eateries for coffee, beignets, local personalities, and southern hospitality!  Traveling without your wheels?  Bicycle rentals are available.

Sunday, May 19th enjoy a 11-mile ride, Bicycle Second Line, beginning at Bayou St. John and ending at Bayou Boogaloo.  In typical NOLA style, this easy ride goes at parade pace and even includes life music!  Don’t miss it!

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Check out the 5K and the 4th Annual Rubber Duck Derby – just more ways to enjoy the festival.

Throughout the festival – check out the incredible line-up of local music…never a dull moment!  Get something unique and support resident artists as dozens of New Orleans’ own will be offering an amazing variety throughout the Festival Arts Market.  Finally, you won’t go hungry with the selection of delicious New Orleans flavors.  This festival has everything!  See you soon!!

 

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Party Like an Animal at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans – 2013

whitneyWhen you’re visiting New Orleans and staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, we don’t want you to miss the wildest attraction we have – the Audubon Nature Institute.  The institute includes our zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden, and insectarium!

Get some relief from the heat in the Cool Zoo splash park at the Audobon Zoo and then visit the Dinosaur Adventure to see pre-historic animals.  Come face to face with exotic animals in the Asian domain, African Savanna…and so much more!  Your kids will love Zoo-to-Do kids party on April  26th from 5-9 pm, featuring activities and live entertainment perfect for all ages.

Zoos aren’t just for kids.  Check out the Whitney Zoo-to-Do party and gala on May 3 from 7 pm to midnight.  This is an amazing party to benefit the zoo – what more would you expect from New Orleans?  Enjoy live music from Bjorn Again, Phat Hat, Ingrid Lucia, and Jaywalker Brass Band on three stages.  Eat, drink and be merry with delicious meals and refreshing beverages from many New Orleans favorites.  You’ll even have the opportunity to bid on some great prizes in the silent auction or buy a winning raffle ticket for a new Lexus!

So don’t miss this opportunity to party New Orleans-style and enjoy our awesome zoo!  We look forward to seeing you!

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2013

zurich1Welcome, golfers and golf fans to our beloved NOLA for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Visit us April 22-28 for this annual stop on the PGA Tour.  The tournament takes place at Tournament Players Club of Louisiana, which is a little bit over 11 miles from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  We know you will find that our accommodations and the nearby attractions and restaurants will give you the full flavor of a New Orleans vacation.

Watch with excitement as your favorite pros compete throughout the tournament.  Want to challenge the pros?  Participate in one of the three Pro-Am events available.  Proceeds from this tournament support cultivating a love of golf in children through the Fore!Kids Foundation.  Fore!Kids Foundation creates programs benefiting Louisiana’s own children.

If you want to spend some time practicing your own swing, you can also check out these other golf courses in New Orleans:

Book your room now before we fill up – and we’ll see you for the Zurich Classic!

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30th French Quarter Festival – April 11-14, 2013

fqfi_logoApril is full of fun and exciting events to keep you busy and entertained during your stay with us.  Stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast during the French Quarter Festival, happening April 11-14.  This festival was originally created to bring locals back to the French Quarter after major street and sidewalk repairs in 1984.  This festival has been drawing crowds for 30 years!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the French Quarter Festival and other annual events provided by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.  You won’t want to miss all of the exciting things planned for this year’s festival!

  • ·       Find over 800 local musicians at this festival, the largest music festival in the South. 
  • ·       Check-out special events such as a French Quarter Film Festival and lectures with Louisiana Musicians. 
  • ·       Hang out with your kids in the kid-friendly zones and a great place for family fun. 
  • ·       Enjoy delicious offerings of over 65 New Orleans best restaurants. 
  • ·       April 13 don’t miss fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 pm.

This festival is amazing, you won’t want to miss this local favorite!

If you enjoy the French Quarter Festival, then plan ahead to check out other events.  Stay in our bed and breakfast for the Satchmo Summerfest from August 1-4, and for Christmas in New Orleans in December.  All of these events are brought to you by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

 

 

 

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Freret Street Festival – New Orleans 2013

freretstreetfestivalEnjoy a favorite New Orleans festival when you stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over the first weekend in April.  On April 6 from Noon-6 pm, check out the Freret Street Festival.  This popular, annual festival features 200 vendors including delicious local flavors and hand-made arts & crafts created by New Orleans artisans.  These vendors will show you what makes New Orleans so special.

What’s a New Orleans festival without music?  The Freret Street Festival features 4 musical stages with artists performing back-to-back during the entire time of the festival.  Check out artists such as Creole String Beans, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Wild Magnolias, Bourbon Brass…and so much more!

Guests will find additional activities to fill their time with the parades, kid’s activity area, and cats and dogs looking for forever homes.

This festival is an awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  Find it on Freret St. between Napoleon and Jefferson.  Then come back in the evening, ready to relax and recharge in our inn.

See you soon!

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New Orlean’s Own Crescent City Classic 2013

2009-crescent-city-classic-7b2264bfa7654fd7Coming down to New Orleans for the All State Sugarbowl Crescent City Classic?  Recuperate from this 10K in the comfortable accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast!  Our delicious breakfast will nourish you and we can even offer pampering in a local spa after your run.

The Crescent City Classic (CCC) is a New Orleans tradition for over 30 years, and it keeps growing.  This 10K run takes the party to the pavement, and attracts about 20,000 participants.   This year the CCC has expanded for more events throughout the year, so be sure to stay with us when you return for them:

June 8 – Crescent Connection Bridge Run – 4 mile run 300 feet over the Mississippi River!

November 9 – Crescent City Fall Classic – 5K for all running levels, can be used as a qualifier for the 10K CCC.

December 7 – Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk – A festive 2 mile walk/run especially popular with families and includes a post-race party.  See the Celebration in the Oaks Light Display.

We hope to see you for one of these events!

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New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday

If you’re not a New Orleans resident, you probably are not aware of an annual Super Sunday that doesn’t have anything to do with football, unless you are a Tremé fan.

Every year on thmgi-2e Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, the Mardi Gras Indians put on parades. This year, that Sunday is March 17th – also St.Patrick’s Day – which will make for a very full day for both visitors and natives.

The history of the Mardi Gras Indians is very interesting. There are about 40 Tribes, loosely connected by the Uptown Indians, who have more abstract African-inspired suits; and the Downtown Indians, who have more pictorial suits with strong Native American influence. In the older days, the Parade was a day for settling scores, with masking keeping the avengers from being identified. mgiThat’s all in the past though, with the competition now centering on the  beautiful and gorgeous costumes, which are called Suits .

In the Super Sunday parade, the Indians wear the heavy, beautifully and ornately decorated Suits, which weigh up to and over 100 pounds. The Suits are heavily feathered and beaded, and take 6-9 months to design and build, and cost thousands of dollars.

From Knowla.org: “Membership in a Mardi Gras Indian tribe is voluntary and based on social networking rather than birthright. Tribes are organized with very specific roles for each member, following a system begun by early tribes such as the Creole Wild West and Yellow Pocahontas. The big chief is the tribal leader, often assisted by second chiefs and queens. The spy boy marches several blocks in front of the chiefs and queens, seeking out other tribes. He relays directions to the flag boy, who notifies the chief by waving a flag or stick. When tribes meet, the wild man clears a path among the onlookers so the chiefs can face off. Changes in the tribe membership often lead to changes in these positions, but the hierarchy of the tribal organization—akin to a military unit—is strictly maintained. Matters of any significance fall under the authority of the chief. “

The Song “Iko Iko” is based on a confrontation by two Tribes:

The main parade will take place in the Central City neighborhood, originating at A.L. Davis Park (Washington and LaSalle streets) at noon. The route is:

Starts on LaSalle
Left at Martin Luther King Blvd.
Left at South Claiborne Avenue
Left at Washington Avenue
Ends back at A.L. Davis Park

Come and learn about something new in New Orleans, and stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House while you’re at it!

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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.