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March 4, 2014: Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans

We’ve made it to the Big Day, which deserves a blog post all its own!

zuluFour parades take place Uptown, starting at S. Claiborne and Jackson Avenue at 8am with the Krewe of Zulu parade. Krewe of Zulu will be fresh from their 21st annual Lundi Gras Festival, and the parade promises to be fabulous with its many characters such as Zulu Big Shot and Witch Doctor. The Zulu’s “golden nugget”, or coconut, throw is a very highly sought-after and collectible item.

At noon, the most famous and traditional Krewe, Rex, starts at Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne Ave. Rex has been around since 1872 and has rolled more parades than any other Mardi Gras Krewe. Their king, called Rex, has as his colors the purple, green and gold, the official colors of Mardi Gras. The floats roll on wooden wagons with wood-spoked wheels, and among the throws are the coveted Dubloons. This year’s theme is “Gods of All Ages”.

Following Rex are Krewe of Elks Orleanians, the oldest and largest of all the truck float krewe, with 4600 riders and over 50 uniquely designed truck floats, and then Krewe of Crescent City, a truck parade which signals “the beginning of the End” of grelacarnival season.

At 10:00 am on the Westbank, the Krewe of Grela (first three letters of Gretna, and the abbreviation for Louisiana, LA) begins at the intersection of Stumpf Blvd. and Whitney Avenue. This Krewe had its first parade back in 1947, and has continued on since then with the only parade on the Westbank on Mardi Gras.

Heading over to Metairie? You are in luck! Starting at 10 am, three parades roll, starting argfuswith Krewe of Argus, following the Veterans Memorial Blvd, with 600 riders, 30 floats and marching bands, including the favorite, “George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog,” which throws stuffed Blue Dogs. The Grand Marshall for 2014 is Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

After Argus comes Krewe of Jefferson, with 75 truck floats and over 3000 riders, known for its good throws and very family friendly. After Jefferson comes the sister-krewe to the Krewe of Elks Orleanians, The Krewe of Elks-Jeffersonians. With 4,000 male and female riders and featuring more than 90 trucks, it is the oldest and largest of the all the truck krewes.

Finally, Krewe of Lyra rolls in Covington at 10am. The co-ed krewe, whose mission is “Fun, Friendship and Festivity,” will ride “Fire and Reign.”

And for last minute news, it’s just been announced that New Orleans Saint Roman Harper will join Deuce McAllister and Will Smith as celebrity knights on the Knights of Nemesis parade, February 22. Also on February 22, at 5pm, Krewe of ‘tit Rex (‘tit is short for petite, the French for small), which features tiny, toy-sized floats pulled by krewe members in formal dress handing out miniature throws. The theme is “Wee the People.”

Larry Watts
1896 O’Malley House

 

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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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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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Southern Decadence – August 28, 2013 – September 2, 2013

southern-decadenceA very adult party known as Southern Decadence takes place each Labor Day weekend in New Orleans. Consisting of parties, dancing, risque contests, and of course, the big parades, Southern Decadence is a world-famous event attended by thousands every year.

Decadence starts this year at midnight on August 28th with a party at The Bourbon Pub, then continues right through the weekend, including (among other things) a float parade on Friday, a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street on Saturday, and the Southern Decadence Parade at 2pm on Sunday, ending with the Closing Party on Monday, right back where it began.

Weekend Passes may still be purchased online HERE, but VIP passes are all sold out. You are encouraged to purchase your passes online, as you not only will save a bit of money, but also can use credit cards, whereas the nightly events accept cash only.

Why not stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House and avoid the big hotel crowds. Park your car here and take the Streetcar wherever you need to go. Sleep in a comfortable bed and have a good breakfast before venturing out into the excitement of Southern Decadence.

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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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Essence Music Festival 2013 – New Orleans

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Summer is hot and the parties continue!  Book your room at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast during July 4-7 for the 2013 Essence Music Festival.  This is your chance to see tons of big names all in one place.

Thursday opens the festival with tunes from Doug E. Fresh and the Stooges Brass Band and be inspired by Devon Franklin, Traci Braxton, and more.

Friday the party keeps building with music from Maya Azucena, Brandy, and so many more.  You won’t want to miss what Robin D. Stone, Steve Harvey, and many more speakers have to say!

Saturday you can groove with Solange, Big Daddy Kane, and may more talented artists.  Empower yourself within your community with Al Sharpton, and feed your soul with Iyanla Vanzant.

Sunday caps the festival with amazing artists including Janelle Monae and Beyonce.  You can also hear powerful messages from Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, and more.

So much amazing music and wonderful speakers – we know you’ll want a comfortable place to unwind after a full day at Essence Festival.  Be sure to book a cozy room at our inn to make your weekend perfect.  See you soon!

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The Parkway Bakery & Tavern: New Orleans, LA

Looking for a traditional New Orleans lunch while you are staying with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast?  Less than a mile away, you’ll find The Parkway Bakery & Tavern, providing delicious Poor Boys since 1911.

This neighborhood landmark is a not-to-miss New Orleans restaurant with a history. The  Parkway Bakery was started as a bakery in 1911 by Charles Goering, Sr and experienced ups and downs until 1993 when the doors were closed.  In 1995, Jay Nix purchased the bakery without any intention of reopening it.  Thankfully in 2003 he changed his plan and opened The Parkway Bakery and Tavern.

poor boysNow The Parkway is a destination for “Poor Boy” lovers, offering at least 20 different varieties including Fried Oysters on Monday!  Delicious New Orleans sides include Homemade Turkey & Alligator Sausage Gumbo and Sweet Potato Fries.  Relax with a beer, mixed drinks, or wine – and feel right at home!

Just walking distance from our inn, be sure to enjoy a lunch at The Parkway Bakery & Tavern while you explore NOLA.

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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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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.