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Mar 022017
 

An array of King Cakes graded and recorded by Matt Haines.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

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. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

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. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 

Gabriel Bella, The Women’s Regatta on the Grand Canal, 18th-century, Oil on canvas, Venice, Querini Stampalia Foundation (via NOMA).

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. Continue reading »

Jan 252017
 

An oyster installation was part of an underwater-themed, Sea-Labration display, in the botanical gardens of City Park for Celebration in the Oaks 2015. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

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. Continue reading »

Sep 222016
 
(via nolaontap.org)

(via nolaontap.org)

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. Continue reading »

Jul 162016
 
The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

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.

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