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San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) – July 10-13, 2014

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans- July 10-13, 2014You don’t have to travel all the way to Pamplona to run with the bulls, you can come on down to New Orleans! The San Fermin en Nueva Orleans Festival is our special version of the Spanish festival without the risking of your life part! There are horns involved, but they are on the helmets of the wonderful ladies of the Big Easy Rollergirls, plus friends from other roller derby leagues across the country. These bulls won’t gore you, but if you run too slow, you might runners in red and white costumes at the running of the bulls festival in new orleansget whacked with a whiffleball bat. I won’t say that some people like to get whacked, but there are some mighty slow dawdlers along the course!

If you run, you have to wear a white pants and shirt, as well as a red bandana. This being the Big Easy, not everyone keeps to the traditional look. You’ll see costumes like matadors and bulls, of course, but you also may see some luchadores and who know what else!

san-fermin-nolaThe runners start bright and early at 8am on Saturday, but the festival starts on Thursday with the Marqués de Cáceres Wine Dinner at the Hotel Mazarin, which includes wine tastings, dinner, Spanish guitar by Riccardo Crespo, and a special guest from the 18th century! On Friday, enjoy El Txupinazo (pronounced el choo-pee-naht-so), a free pre-party at The Sugar Mill from 5-9pm, with a chance to meet the Rollerbulls, delicious cuisine and live music. On Saturday, the running is preceded by the procession of San Fermin, and followed by the post encierro party, where you can enjoy live music and food. Saturday night is La Fiesta de Pantalones (pants party), where you can listen to music and sip cocktails. Sunday finishes off with the appropriately titled, El Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) party; a tapas brunch, Ernest Hemingway-inspired contests, readings from The Sun Also Rises, live music and a few other entertaining surprises.  El Pobre is free and open to the public. The Saturday events are ticketed, and you’ll want to buy early. You can take a look at the different offerings HERE.

We have plenty of rooms for the weekend at 1896 O’Malley House! Call us for reservations or just check our availability calendar on the website.

“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.” – Hemingway

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essence Music Festival – July 3 – 6, 2014 – Stay with Us!

essenceThe Essence Music festival is one of the premier music festivals in the United States. The featured artists are at the top of the R&B industry, which draws thousands of people each year. Held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome, these three days over the July 4th weekend will be the hottest (in more ways than one!) scene in New Orleans!

This year is the 29th anniversary of the Fest, and on the 4th, the main stage will feature princeHis Royal Purpleness, PRINCE! Buy your tickets as soon as possible, they sell out early for this fabulous festival. Among the many excellent artists are Mary J Blige, Nas, Jill Scott, and Lionel Richie.

In addition the the concerts, for which tickets are required, there are several free events with such diverse speakers as Alicia Keyes, Bishop TD Jakes, Donnie McClurkin and Rep. Maxine Waters! All of these presenters will be speaking on the subject of Empowerment.

After a full day of concert-going, come back to the 1896 O’Malley House for some relaxation in our courtyard with a glass of wine or beer before slipping off to sleep in your comfortable bed. Wake to a delicious home-made breakfast before you’re off to the day’s festivities. We will treat you right with our Southern Hospitality!

 

 

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New Orleans JazzFest : April 25-27 & May 1-4, 2014

20147 JazzFest Poster The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a.k.a. JazzFest is one of the premiere music festivals in the United States. We in New Orleans are proud to be the home of Jazzfest, celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana which attracts some of the best Louisiana musicians in the genre, and also a number of the super stars of many other kinds of music.

This year, some of the NOLA Jazz artists included are Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Little Freddie King,   rockin-dopsieKermit Ruffins, James Rivers, Dukes of Dixieland, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters.

The internationally known acts are amazing this year. Among them are Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Cristina Aguilera, Santana, Phish, John Fogarty and Vampire Weekend. This is music for all ages and inclinations! There are twelve different stages within the fairgrounds.

Music is the main thing, but not the vampire-weekendonly thing- you will be able to see the famous Mardi Gras Indians, with their fabulous costumes and headdresses, as well as crafts and other items available at three different areas; Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and Louisiana Marketplace.

meat-pieAnd of course, the food. No festival in NOLA would be complete without it. This year there are NINE different places to get sustenance: Food Area I, Food Area II, Congo Square, Cultural Exchange 2013, Heritage Square, Around the Grounds, Folk Area,     Grandstand, and even Kids’ Food. You can get everything from barbecue to Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll) and Sno Balls, and much, much more. Tempting sweet treats compete for your attention with African specialties, Mexican street food and Japanese grill items.

Make sure to get your lodging reservations booked early. This festival draws over 650,000 people from all over the world. 1896 O’Malley House has the distinction of being very close to the festival. The event is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is less than three miles from the inn. You can leave your car here and take the Canal Streetcar line to the festival. Buy your Jazzy Passes in advance for only $3 and ride all day. Return after a day and night of incredible music and food and enjoy our free beer and wine, available 24 hours a day, rest in the courtyard, and sleep in your comfortable bed before partaking of your breakfast, which is included in your room rate. We’d love to be your host for Jazzfest!

Larry Watts

 

 

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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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The Louisiana Marathon – January 17th -19th, 2014 – Geaux Run!

Louisiana Marathon logo - green and brown sneaker footprint The third annual Louisiana Marathon will be held in Baton Rouge on January 19th, 2014, but you don’t have to wait until then to get into the fun of the “Running Festival”! The festivities start on Friday the 17th at the Baton Rouge River Center, where the Expo will be taking place from 1-6pm. The Expo is open to and free to the public, and is the place to pick up your registration packets for all of the races, as there will be no packet pick-up on the race day. Over 35 exhibitors will be on the Expo floor to present all the latest trends and updates in running. See the latest gear and get information about about the world of running, health & fitness. The Expo continues on Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Also on Saturday, tons of fun continue with the 5K race and the Advocate Kids Marathon, which is a 1.2 mile race. The 5K is for sprinters, joggers and walkers. Make sure to register in advance for these two races. A special treat is in store for runners who choose to participate in the 5K AND the marathon or half-marathon – the Deja Va Crawfish Platter. Deja Vu award - black seafood tray with Louisiana Marathon on blue printThese favored runners will always remember their time in Baton Rouge every time they serve seafood! Along with the races, Saturday will be a great time at AZ Young Park for the kids with the Family Fest, which will feature lots of music, inflatables, face painting, food, and much more. Also on the 18th, there will be speakers on running, as well as the highly anticipated Pastalya Dinner, a chance to carb-load before the big race!

Sunday is the big day! The marathon and half both start at 7am. Continuing through the day will be music all through the race course, and the “best marathon post-party”, the Finish Festival at AZ Young Park.

We would love to be your host for the Marathon weekend, see our website for availability! Don’t wait til it’s to late to register for any of the races. Visit the registration page here for more information today!

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Support your Team: 40th Annual Bayou Classic – Nov 26-Dec 1, 2013

Football Helmets for Grambling State University and Southern University on the right and left, with the logo for Bayou Classic in the middle

Check out a week full of events leading up to the Bayou Classic, a football game featuring one of the oldest college rivalries: Grambling State University and Southern University (in no particular order).  Events kick-off on November 26 and continue through Sunday Brunch on December 1, 2013.  We invite fans and alumni of the universities to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast their home-base throughout the week, as it is less than 3 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - the primary location for most events.

Highlights that you don’t want to miss include:

Thursday 11/28
3:30-6pm – Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market

Friday 11/29
9am – Bayou Classic Golf Tournament at the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course at Pontchartrain Park
12pm-6pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
6-10pm – Battle of the Bands and Greek Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10pm – Soiree Gala 2013 at Club XLIV

Saturday 11/30
8am – Doc Griggs 2x’s Around the Dome Funwalk at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10am-5pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
1:30pm – Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
7-10pm – River Jam at the Natchez Steamboat

Sunday 12/1
10am – Gospel Brunch at House of Blues

For more information about of these events, to purchase tickets, register for events, and so much more, check out the Bayou Classic website.

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Mirliton Festival in New Orleans – November 9, 2013

On November 9, 2013, The Bywater Neighborhood Association is hosting the 24th Annual Mirliton Festival at The Brickyard.  You’ll find this festival just over 4 miles away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, so you can easily check it out during your stay with us.

You’ll find amazing local artists such as The Tin Men, Gal Holiday, and Strange Roux.  For just a taste of the sound, see this video:

As with any New Orleans festival, you’ll find more than music!  Check out delicious food by Bywater Eateries, creations by local artists, and a activities just for kids – who get in free!  Adult admission is only $5.  It’s an inexpensive way to check out New Orleans flavor, and we know you’ll have a great time!  The party runs from 11am to 7pm, so you will still get to take in some New Orleans nightlife.  For updates to the festival events, check out their Facebook page.  See you soon!

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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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New Orleans Oktoberfest, October 2013

oktoberfestFall is here – and with it comes milder temperatures, changing leaves, and BEER!  Enjoy lots of beer along with good German food, music, and lots of activities for three weekends in October.  That’s right – it’s time for Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest is organized every year by Deutsches Haus, known as The German Presence in New Orleans.

Enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 during the weekends of October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.  Each of those weekends Oktoberfest happens on Fridays from 4-11 pm and Saturdays from 1-11 pm.  After the party, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, just a short drive away, to rest up from the events and rejuvenate for another full day of exploring NOLA.

Each day of Oktoberfest you can enter into a $500 Cash Door Prize, the drawing will be held October 26.  You do not need to be present to win.  Also, every day at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30  you can participate in the Masskrugstemmen which is a Beer Stein Holding Contest.  Can you beat the current record of 20 min 19 sec?

Other events include:
Saturday, October 12 – Dachshund Races:  Who can resist those tiny little legs racing to the finish line!  Proceeds from this event go to a good cause, NOLA Dachshund Rescue.

Saturday, October 19 – Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk:  This is the first annual Oktoberfest 5K, and is organized by the New Orleans Track Club.  Entry into the race includes admission to Oktoberfest after the race, so you can refuel.  So whether you are an avid runner or enjoy a brisk walk – you’ll enjoy this course.

Saturday, October 26 – Wine Tasting of Wines of Europe:  Beer isn’t the only think that Oktoberfest is about, check out wines from Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region.  The wine tasting is $30 per person – and a ticket to the wine tasting includes admission to Oktoberfest.  What more could you want?

Don’t miss the fun, and we look forward to hearing all about it at the inn.  Bis später!

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