Crawfest 2014 is coming this weekend on April 5! We're right in the thick of crawfish season, and the mudbugs have never tasted better. This annual music, food, and arts festival hosted by Tulane University will feature 25 local food and art vendors, more than 18,000 pounds of crawfish, and music by artists such as The Funky Meters, Stooges Brass Band, Mia Borders, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Wild Magnolias, and more. Admission is free for music, and just $10 gets you crawfish and unlimited soft drinks. Bring the kids–admission for all children under the age of 12 is just $5 and the entire event is family friendly!
San Francisco Plantation is always stunning, but you can really get the most out of your visit by joining us the weekend of March 15th and 16th for the annual Frisco Fest, a free festival on the plantation grounds featuring a craft show, bike tours, a car show, pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids, great Cajun food, and, of course, live music. You can experience the festival on our Half Day Eastbank Plantation Tour or All Day Eastbank Plantation Tour and enjoy a little added bonus to our regular tour offerings. We can also arrange for a special private tour for just you and your friends or family to enjoy the festival as long as you like! For more information on special private tours, call us at 1-888-223-2093.
The King Cake is a dearly beloved part of Mardi Gras season and has a long, rich history dating back to the eighteenth century. The round, cinnamon-roll like cakes with their sugary icing and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles come in many styles. King Cake has become so ubiquitous this time of year that it has even become a flavor for everything from ice cream to vodka! But what everyone loves most are the cakes themselves. The simplest and most traditional cakes are rings of twisted cinnamon roll-style bread topped with purple, green, and gold icing. In 1972, however, a small bakery in Picayune, Mississippi called Paul’s Pastry started adding fillings to king cakes and a new tradition was born. Now praline, cinnamon, and strawberry filled king cakes are a part of many New Orleanian’s Mardi Gras season. There is even a special Zulu King Cake with chocolate icing and a coconut filling, named after the Krewe of Zulu’s famous decorated coconut throws. Of course, the King Cake always has a baby figurine hidden inside and the person who finds the trinket is tasked with providing the King Cake at the next get together, so watch out for that baby!
January means Carnival season in New Orleans, and everyone is getting out their decorations. The traditional gold, green, and purple Mardi Gras colors symbolize justice, faith, and power, and were selected by Rex as the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. Rex chose these colors to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, who suggested the colors. Twenty years later, the 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors canonized the colors’ meaning in the annals of Mardi Gras history. No matter where you go in New Orleans in the weeks leading up to our favorite local holiday you are bound to see these colors proudly displayed by tradition-loving New Orleanians!
One of the most beloved local festivals is coming on Sunday: the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival! Any fan of the classic New Orleans sandwhich, whether of the simple roast beef variety or the fancier filet and oyster combos is sure to find something deliciously delightful at the event. As in years past, local restaraunts and caterers will be out in force with all variety of po-boy including shrimp, oyster, roast beef, sausage, poutine, crab, and cochon de lait to name just a few! Live music will of course be part of the festival, along with panel discussions on the history of the po-boy and special activities for children. As always, admission is free and the festivities will be running all day on Oak Street at Carollton Avenue. Need more info? Find it here.
This Saturday a New Orleans Halloween tradition will literally parade through the French Quarter as the annual Krewe of BOO parade provides a spooktacular event for all. The parade floats are alive with creatures, ghouls, and, of course, things that go bump in the night. The floats will be tossing loads of local treats like PJs Coffee Frac Packs, Aunt Sally’s pralines, local caramel corn, and even voodoo pins and dolls into the crowd, so be sure to get a spot near the front! All Krewe of BOO throws are 100% American made, and most of them are made right here in New Orleans. The parade will begin on Elysian Fields near Decatur at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 26, and will head towards the convention center, culminating with an after party at Mardi Gras World. You can find more information, including the full parade route and tickets to the after party, here.