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If you had to pick one day out of the year to be in New Orleans, the obvious choice is Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras Day. That presumes, […]

Masks: The Soul of Mardi Gras

No American city is more hospitable to those reptilian souls who wish to shed their old skin and try a new one. New Orleans is an international capital of transformations…and […]

Snug Harbor: Jazz Haven

Five years ago New Orleans music was booming. Oil was flush, collaborations between musicians and various artists blossomed, and the town was pitched for a world’s fair whose promoters promised […]

Jazz Festing

In the spring of 1970, something great happened in New Orleans: musical history was made. Four stages, a gospel tent and a few food and crafts booths were set up […]

Christmas in the Subtropics

Crazy as this city is normally, at Christmas we really like to go all out. As any New Orleanian knows, the Yuletide season is just another reason to have a […]

Happy Hour Chart

While not exhaustive, this list includes some of the better-known (and frequented) spots in New Orleans and Metairie. If you find a favorite watering hole, be sure and let us […]

Great Bars of New Orleans

New Orleans’ old French-Spanish quarter is the only decent inhabited district that I discovered in America. From the architecture to the manners of the people, their clothes, customs and cookery, […]

Discovering Real New Orleans Jazz: Tours and Resources

New Orleans is the celebrated birthplace of jazz, and there’s no better place to learn the history of this uniquely American music. Some visitors are lucky enough to have a […]

A Mecca for Cajun Music

Like kids in high school, the dancers eye each other nervously as they line up to choose partners. Two lines form facing each other and the teacher patiently explains new […]

Allons Danser

Following on the heels (or perhaps we should say the fins) of the omnipresent blackened redfish, the latest rage to come out of the bayou country is Cajun dancing. For […]