I guess for most people, the holidays in December are where its at for events, get togethers and visitors, but for us New Orleanians – and esp Quarterites – nothing is quite like January.
First up, is New Year’s Eve with its own rites with fireworks and gumbo pot drop at the river. We also host the Sugar Bowl every year on January 1 at the Superdome. This year, the city decided to add a parade on New Year’s Eve Day…
In 2016, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are coming, which means that vehicles and entire families or groups are more likely than some of last year’s crowd, which came from Alabama and Ohio if memory serves. I am sure that the Alabamans drove but I’d guess that few Buckeyes did. When the teams are from nearby, the spending is different, as is the vibe: Folks arrive in town later, bring more of their own food and drink and head out after the game if they lose. I hope someone, besides the disliked Allstate insurance company that did their best to make profit off Katrina, makes some coin off this stuff.
Since many Ole Miss folks are New Orleans-savvy, they’ll be more likely to know the good places to eat and go (I’d look for the red and blue/Hotty Toddy paraphernalia and go where they are going…) I’d guess that Oklahoma folks will be new to the area, so I’d expect to see lots of orange and black map-wielding groups on the corners!
Welcome to all.
So, here is the schedule on Decatur:
Wednesday, Dec. 30
- Usher Concert – 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31
- Oklahoma State Pep Rally – 1:30 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve Parade – 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Ole Miss Pep Rally – 5:15 p.m.
The Allstate® Fan Fest is free to the public and open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street.
THEN, Carnival season begins on January 6 with the glorious Joan of Arc parade on Chartres, and Phunny Phorty Phellows on the St. Charles Streetcar route which will come all the way to Canal again. That is, of course, followed by over a month of visitors and parades in our neighborhood for the 2016 carnival season, which ends on February 9 of this year.
The Jolly Lama aka The Night Mayor aka The Funtrepreneur Pat Jolly shared this today:
A couple of weeks ago 3 different people asked me if Kruz had died!!!
So I decided to write to tell you that he is very alive and happy!!!
KRUZ moved to a new location!
1301 Decatur St. (kitty corner from his old location)
504 523 7370
Celebrate his 44th anniversary this weekend … Whoohoo!!!
September 26-28, 2914
Please help get the word out to his cherished customers and friends
You can also like and share his Facebook page
Wonderful news. This could help alleviate the strange little vacuum of business activity that exists between Chartres and Decatur and lead to more New Orleans based businesses in the Quarter. And this means that Cafe Du Monde and Morning Call will once again be within a few blocks of each other, serving 24 hours a day .
If this doesn’t beat all. FQ building owner showing his ignorance for his own family’s legacy and his building by saying he is selling one of the most historic restaurants in the city to a t-shirt shop owner in the Quarter who says it will soon be filled with fried chicken and more t-shirts. This building housed Madame Begue’s which was the most popular pre-Civil War era restaurant in New Orleans (and maybe North America) and was rejuvenated by This guy’s brother, the convivial Steven Latter as an “everybody knows your name” French Quarter place. Now that Steven Latter has passed away, they have barely waited for him to be in the ground before pulling this crap.
Not sure much can be done by regular citizens-this may be up to the money folks who can throw some dollars at this jerk to get him to sell and move the hell away.
UPDATE: SAVED by the citizens of our city with new menu and cookbook.