Saturday’s rain and wind didn’t deter some folks from enjoying food, live music and local craft beer.
By Claire Byun
If you think you didn’t try enough versions of king cake this Mardi Gras season, don’t worry. A local man did the legwork – and recorded his results – for you.
Matt Haines tried 66 different King Cakes from 54 different eateries this year – for research purposes, obviously.
A local treasure is all set to perform at the annual Samedi Gras block party Saturday, a Mid-City family’s porch celebration during Endymion.
Dubbed “a house party New Orleans style,” the Samedi Gras tradition is hosted by Scott Colomb and Major League Baseball player Johnny Giavotella Jr. at 4214 Orleans Avenue on Feb. 25th beginning at noon and will feature music by Cowboy Mouth, as well as The Anteeks.
In addition to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s new exhibit – A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s – the museum is also hosting a Carnival ball inspired by Latin America. The Mardi Gras Mambo Ball will boast local musicians and a Cuban-inspired band for a night of dancing, elegance and the samba.
The lineup for JazzFest 2017 includes Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and more.
By Claire Byun
City Park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks pulled in more revenue last year compared to several years prior.
The 2016 event, which runs from the Friday before Thanksgiving the New Years Day, generated more than $2 million for the mostly-self-funded park. City Park’s Board of Directors reviewed the earnings during their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, and park CEO Bob Becker said most people has positive comments about last year’s event.
The City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation and JOB1 plan to recruit 150 temporary employees for the upcoming Mardi Gras season. Temporary employees will earn $10.55 an hour with the potential to earn $700 between February 17 and February 28.
The 7th Annual NOLA on Tap, the largest beer festival in the region, will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on the City Park Festival Grounds this Saturday, September 24. The festival will feature live music, over 400 local, national & home-brewed beers, food, contests, and a new cashless payment system.
On Friday afternoon, NOMA celebrated their annual event, Bastille Fete. The event is a celebration of French culture in honor of Bastille Day, the French holiday which takes place on July 14. This year’s event took on a more somber tone after roughly 80 people were killed in Nice, France when a truck plowed into a group of people celebrating Bastille Day. Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, spoke at the event. In his speech on the steps of the museum he encouraged people to celebrate despite the tragedy, to not let the act of violence stop them.