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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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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.

 

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Join the Krewes and Parades in New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2013


While you stroll in New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for
–Professor Longhair

It’s time!  Time to make your plans for Mardi Gras! 

Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras celebrations began as early as 1699, before the French adopted it and brought it to North America.  Once in New Orleans, balls and fetes thrived, were forbidden, and eventually resumed …the party could not be stopped!  Mardi Gras grew from masked people traveling through the streets to official parades.  In spite of the ups and downs, Mardi Gras remains to be America’s biggest party, and truly an amazing event!

Mardi Gras Krewes and Parades

RexDon’t miss out on the festivities throughout this time!  From Balls to the Parades, the Krewes are anxious to provide a great time and memorable experiences.  Mardi Gras Krewes organize parades, throw balls, and a variety of social events throughout the Carnival season.  The Krewes are responsible for maintaining several Mardi Gras traditions such as the flag and choosing the Mardi Gras King!

Please see New Orleans Online, for a schedule of all of the parades, including information about each Krewe.  New Orleans Online is our resource for this information (and more) about Mardi Gras, so check it out!

Recharge with us!

When you’re reading to call it a night, come back and stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House, our bed &  breakfast is just 15-20 minutes from the French Quarter by streetcar – and our comfortable rooms will provide the perfect rejuvenation for the next day’s merriment.

 

 

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It’s Here! Jazz Fest 2011

This years’ New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup is incredible! As always we are very busy this time of year. We have just finished up French Quarter Fest which will go down as the largest ever! We had record breaking crowds this year with perfect weather. Let hope the weather holds out for Jazz Fest. For more information and line up of musician visit www.nojazzfest.com