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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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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.

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Get Into History with the New Orleans Spring Fiesta – 2013

Well, Mardi Gras is underway and we survived the Super Bowl – it’s time to step back in time for the New Orleans Spring Fiesta.  The festival features two weekends of events packed full of historic New Orleans culture, and entertainment.  Make your reservation to stay at 1896 O’Malley House, to complete your weekend of history and elegance.

Events kick off on Saturday, March 2nd with a French Quarter Walking Tour in the 2004Parade_3morning.  This is a reasonably priced guided walking tour will give you the chance to explore the luxury and grandeur of historic homes that are not featured in any other walking tour.  Saturday afternoon features a walking tour of more historic homes in the Lower Garden District.  Enjoy stunning decor and intriguing stories of the homes among massive oaks.  Saturday ends with the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court followed by a  “Night in Old New Orleans” Parade.

Walking Tours are available all day Sunday, March 3rd; Saturday, March 9th; and Sunday, March 10th.

To round off the Spring Festival, don’t miss the brunch on Saturday, March 9th at Antoine’s Restaurant.  Reserve your place as the brunch is limited to only 48 people.

Don’t miss this change to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of New Orleans.  You’ll enjoy the renowned New Orleans hospitality during the walking tours and participate in one of our many delightful traditions.