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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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Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans – 2013

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When you’re visit to New Orleans includes staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – check out the Old U.S. Mint built in 1835 on the old Fort St. Charles site in New Orleans.  This is known as the only mint to have produced American and Confederate money, and produced coinage from 1838 until Louisiana succeeded from the Union in 1861.  It was the only southern mint to reopen after the Civil War, resuming full production from 1879 through 1909.

Currently, the Mint also serves as a musical venue offering a recording space, web streaming, music related exhibits, and performances.

September offers a couple of wonderful events.

September 14 – Ben Sollee and Helen Gillet featuring moving compositions  mixing various music styles.  Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $10.

September 18 – Be part of a truly unique experience as Sybil Gage comes back to her home.  Known as “Little Dynamo,” you’ll enjoy her Pre-war Blues, Vaudeville, and Traditional Jazz set.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $12.

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5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival – September 19-21, 2013

burlesqueWhether you are an enthusiast or a performer – if you are coming to the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, we know you will find perfect accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Conveniently located less than 4 miles from all of the events, we know you will find the comfort and luxury of our inn to be far superior than other traditional accommodations.

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 19-21, 2013;  is a fitting event in our city, as burlesque is a signature attraction in the French Quarter, primarily popular from the mid-40′s through the 60s.  Having once been a staple to NOLA entertainment, modern burlesque was embraced during the 1995 revival and continues as one of our city’s traditions.

The event will be a blast!  Take in up to five burlesque shows featuring everything from male burlesque stars to a competition to determine the “Queen of Burlesque” – ending with the “Queen’s Ball.”  Throughout the festival, you can take in some workshops to improve your burlesque technique.  Explore the use of Jazz in your routine and participate in a high energy burlesque workout!  For more information about this event, see the website.

When making your travel arrangements for this flamboyant and lively event – consider the elegant accommodations that we offer at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

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Cutting Edge Music Conference – 2013 – New Orleans

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Are you looking for lodging while you are attending the Cutting Edge Music Conference, September 26-28?  Look no further than 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Our accommodations will be perfectly suited to the conference schedule, providing you a delicious breakfast before jumping into the events of each day.O'Malley House, New Orleans

Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located near the Central Business District, in the French Quarter.  Not only will you be able to easily get to and from the conference throughout your stay, but you will also be able to dine nightly in a variety of nearby restaurants, to get a taste of the real New Orleans.

During this event, attendees will obtain so much information about the music business – including networking, consultation, and more.  Prepare for your conference or relax afterward at the nearby Woodhouse Day Spa.  Unwind each night relaxing in the inn’s courtyard before retiring to your well-appointed suite.

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More New Orleans Events in August 2013

August is a delicious month in New Orleans, thanks to COOLinary New Orleans, where you can enjoy special meals in many local restaurants and dig into great New Orleans cuisine!  But that’s not all – New Orleans has a variety of events to help you enjoy every last minute of summer.

August 1-4 – Check out the 13th Annual Satchmo Summerfest, a festival celebrating the great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.  This event provides a weekend full of live jazz music from local performers.  There will also be interesting seminars and speakers.  There will be plenty to eat as well with local restaurants providing delicious items at the festival.

 

 

Saturday, August 3 – Enjoy the Whitney White Linen Night, a free local art reception featuring live music, delicious food, and the 2013 Signature Drink: Epic Vodka Ginger Mint Lemonade.  This festival along Julia Street is a New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser and is a great way to explore our local art.

 

 

Saturday, August 10 – Pull out your red dress and join us for the 2 mile Red Dress Run.  This is a charity run organized and hosted by The New Orleans Hash House Harriers, and guaranteed to give you a good time!         It’s not just about the run – but it also about the party featuring live music, delicious food, and lots of beer to keep you going!

 

 

Saturday, August 10, After the Red Dress Run, check out the 12th Annual Dirty Linen Night, another art night Royal Street featuring art, crafts, and antiques in 40-50 shops.  You’ll find Dirty Rice and Dirty Martinis available throughout the event plus wandering clowns, local music, and other types of street entertainment.

As always there’s so much to do – see you in August!

 

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Drink It In! 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail – July 17-21, 2013

tales-of-the-cocktailThe 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail will be held in the French Quarter from July 17th to July 21st. This year’s theme is “Drink It In!”, with The Rickey as the Official Cocktail. Festivities kick off on July 17th at 2pm at Hotel Monteleone with a complimentary event to present the ceremonial first toast.

After that, the events come fast and furious, with excursions, special events, seminars, contests (including the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, featuring teams from all over the US duking it out to bring the best bar experience to the judges), awards, dinners, lunches, tasting rooms and more. You can even download an app for that!

To celebrate this premier educational event for bartenders and people in the hospitality industry, as well as cocktail enthusiasts, enjoy this Rickey Recipe, the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition winner:
Portland Rickey
Originator: Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon
Glass: HighballPortland-Rickey
Recipe:
1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
4 oz aison or biere de garde style beer
squeezed half of lemon (lemon shell), for garnish

Directions:
Combine the Martin Miller’s Gin, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and beer in an ice-filled highball glass. Drop the squeezed half-lemon into the drink. Gently stir.
Garnish:  Squeezed half of lemon, stirred into the drink as a nod to tradition.

Drink It In!

 

 

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COOLinary New Orleans – August 2013

Coming to see us in August?  You’re in luck!  It’s COOLinary New Orleans – a Coolinarymonth-long celebration of dining in a city that prides itself on its cuisine.  Throughout this month you can enjoy 2-3 course lunches and 3 course dinners at a very reasonable cost, giving you the opportunity to experience tastes and creations representative of New Orleans.  Since 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast has your breakfast taken care of – you can certainly plan the rest of your meals to relish in many flavors during your stay with us.   More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, so we recommend that you arrive hungry!

Can’t wait till August to enjoy the delicious New Orleans fare?  Check out the many recipes so generously provided by participating restaurants.  Be sure to try the Fresh Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, Coconut Curry and Rice Noodles from GW Fins with the Courtyard Bread Pudding from Court of Two Sisters for dessert.

Are your taste buds wanting more?  GOOD!  Come see us in August!

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San Fermin en Nueva Orleans – July 11-14, 2013

From July 11-14, experience the exhilaration of the Spanish adventure, without crossing the Atlantic, and without the hazard of real bulls.  Join us in the French Quarter for the San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, our own version of the Running of the Bulls.  Coming down for this event?  Make your reservation with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast for true rest and relaxation (between the excitement!)

Thursday, July 11 – Kick-off the festival with Marques de Caceras Wine Dinner where the delicious cuisine is perfectly paired with Marques de Caceres wines for an exquisite, an ideal way to begin the festival.

Friday, July 12 – Officially begin the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans with El Txupinazo (pronounced el choo-pee-naht-so).  Meet other festival-goers and enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine.  Get into the spirit with festive red and white attire. 

Saturday, July 13 – This is the day you’ve been waiting for!  Instead of being chased by real bulls – they take some of the stress out of it and send the RollerBulls after you!  These roller derby girls from Big Easy Rollergirls and other leagues will chase and “gore” all festival goers.  This event is huge – expect over 14,000 runners and 400 RollerBulls.

After the excitement, enjoy cocktails and a concert put on my local musicians to relax and celebrate your survival!

Sunday, July 14 – Round off the crazy weekend with the El Pobre de Mi, a relaxing event featuring a tapas brunch and specialty drinks.  Then enjoy the 4th Annual Ernest Hemingway Celebration & Talent Contest including a variety of theatrical events.

The Running of the Bulls in Spain is a once in a lifetime event – but the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is something you won’t want to miss…again and again!  It will be crazy and fun – not just another New Orleans festival!  While you are spending this exciting weekend in New Orleans – be sure to rest yourself in our inn.  1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast offers cozy beds and great bathtubs for soaking – you’ll enjoy the recovery.

 

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