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Classic floats take their place among the oaks in City Park

A multi-krewe Carnival parade — without the bands, dance troupes or the riders — rolled into City Park on Tuesday for the “Floats in the Oaks” fundraiser event that began Thursday and will run through Sunday, Feb. 14. “Floats in the Oaks” lets visitors to view iconic floats from their favorite Mardi Gras krewes all Read More…

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City Park warns of zombie-like raccoons with distemper, WWL-TV reports

City Park’s raccoon population is infected with canine distemper, posing a threat to dogs and cats but not to humans, WWL-TV has reported. City Park officials brought in Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to investigate reports of erratic raccoon behavior, such as disorientation and wandering aimlessly, and they confirmed the animals are sick with distemper. Dog Read More…

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City Park names new CEO, announces Bob Becker’s retirement

The New Orleans City Park Board of Directors announced Thursday (Jan. 14) that a new chief executive officer will take the reins of the 167-year-old park starting in February. Following an extensive national search, park officials tapped Cara Lambright, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memorial Park Conservancy in Houston, to replace Read More…

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Two arrested in Storyland vandalism estimated to cost more than $10,000 in repairs

Two people have been arrested in the vandalism of City Park’s historic Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The destruction will cost more than $10,000 to repair, according to City Park officials. Monica Okada, 22, was arrested Oct. 8 at her Kenner home and remained jailed Monday morning in Read More…

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‘Evenings with Enrique’ series returns to City Park’s Botanical Garden

New Orleans Botanical Garden will extend its hours to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in October to celebrate “Evenings with Enrique,” a free event series in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden beginning tonight (Oct. 7). Each week this month, NOBG will safely welcome visitors to “Evenings with Enrique” for a special experience, viewing the Read More…

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Vandals attack carousel in City Park’s Storyland

The beloved historical carousel in City Park’s Storyland has been vandalized — leaving broken windows, a damaged antique organ and rides covered with racist graffiti, WWL-TV reports. City Park is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact City Park Read More…

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City Park plans a drive-through Celebration in the Oaks

The driving tour is back at Celebration in the Oaks, City Park officials announced, but the traditional event in the Botanical Gardens and Storyland will be suspended for the 34th fundraising event in light of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. The decision to hold a drive-through Celebration in the Oak was made to offer a safe Read More…

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City Park begins reopening attractions and sports facilities

City Park will begin reopening its attractions, with restrictions, on Saturday, park officials announced. The Phase 1 reopening, developed with guidance from government health authorities, includes non-contact sports such as tennis, golf and City Putt, the Storyland amusement park and the Botanical Garden. Admission will be at 25% capacity with social distancing in place.