New Orleans West Bank Weekend Events - January 25-27, 2008

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC

It looks like it might be a wet start to the West Bank Carnival season this weekend, so put on your rain coat, bring your umbrella and let the good times roll!

Krewe of Cleopatra ParadeMardi Gras

Cleopatra rolls through Algiers and Terrytown starting at 6:30 pm Friday with the theme Cleopatra's Bits and Pieces of the Past.  Following the traditional Algiers/Terrytown route, the all female krewe kicks off the West Bank parade weekend with 21 floats and a dozen marching bands and units.  See the entire parade route here.

Krewe of Choctaw Parade

In a return to their traditional parade day, Choctaw will roll on Saturday at 11:30, immediately followed by the Mystic Knights of Adonis.  With the theme Worldly Travels, Choctaw features 24 floats and multiple bands and marching units.  Adonis is celebrating it's 10th anniversary with the theme Adonis Celebrates 10 Screamin' Years for the 14 float procession.  See the entire parade route here.

As Choctaw turns onto Franklin Avenue in Gretna, they will pass the site of the Gretna Family Gras festival, featuring live music at the corner of Stumpf Blvd. and Franklin Ave.  Workers have been setting up the stages this week, in anticipation of a great turn out to hear the sounds of the Dixie Cups, Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues and local favorite Irma Thomas.  Admission to Family Gras is free, but the area will be gated and no ice chests will be allowed inside the gates.

pssst...Look for me on float #17, driver's side...I've got some great plush spears to throw!

Mardi GrasKrewe of Alla Parade

Sunday starts early! Alla Gras, a family friendly celebration, will begin at 9 am on the neutral ground of General de Gaulle, between Kabel Drive and Rue Parc Fontaine.  Featuring local musical acts Rockin'  Dopsie, the Algiers Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and more, the event is free.  Food and drinks from local restaurants will be available for sale.  The party will continue as the parade passes and wind up at 4:00 pm.  Get there early to set up your chairs and snag a front row seat for the parade!

At 11:30 am, the Krewe of Alla will roll on the traditional Algiers/Terrytown route with 34 floats, a marching band contest and the Budweiser Clydesdales.  The theme for this year's parade is Name That Tune.  Alla is one of the few krewes still throwing doubloons and if you are lucky, you can scoop up the special turquoise and gold doubloons being thrown only from the Captain's float.

Be safe, stay dry and have a great West Bank weekend!

Lisa Heindel

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Rainmaker
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Shannon Lefevre
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Hi Sweetie!  Long time not chat!  Great representation of your market my friend!  I think you need to be the host of the next Active Rain party! :)
January 24, 2008 08:08 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

WooHoo!!!  An Active Rain Party hosted by Lisa in New Orleans!!!   I'll be there, cher!!!!

Oh, ok, I'll calm down.  Lisa, oh boy, Mardi Gras is in full swing now!!!  Wish I were there!   My house is decorated for Mardi Gras.  And I have a bunch of beads to hand out!  We DO have a Mardi Gras Parade here in San Antonio.  I'll have information out about it soon.  :)

January 24, 2008 08:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC

Shannon, where ya been??  I'll be happy to host an AR party.  Perhaps we should have an AR float in next year's parade?

Judi, can't wait to hear about the parade there...will there be beads and bands and cups and pictures afterwards?

January 24, 2008 08:35 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties
Lisa, The parade is on The River (Riverwalk) on decorated barges.  I've never attended the parade.  But hope to get down there this year!  It's on Sat. Feb. 2nd. 
January 24, 2008 08:56 PM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Judi, how cool...it's your own version of our River Parade!  Get down there, girl, and take some pictures for us.  Sounds like a great local post of your own in the making :)
January 24, 2008 09:05 PM
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Lisa:  You guys in New Orleans know how to throw a party... 

I thought of you yesterday when I ran across this video of Hunter Hayes (age 4) Hank Williams, Jr.   The kid is amazing...  Jambalaya

Hunter Hayes & Jambalaya
January 25, 2008 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC

Jan, thanks for sharing that...he is adorable!  I'm running like a chicken now...less than 24 hours til the parade rolls!

January 25, 2008 03:49 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

Lisa, have fun tomorrow!  Hope the weather is beautiful for the parades!

January 25, 2008 04:05 PM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Hey, Judi...tonight's parade just cancelled due to the thunderstorms.  We are crossing our fingers that the rain keeps moving and clears out before we roll tomorrow!
January 25, 2008 05:15 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

Oh, Lisa what a shame.  Just checked the weather forecast for New Orleans for tomorrow -- they're predicting more rain?!?!  I'll keep my fingers crossed for y'all!!!

 

January 25, 2008 07:10 PM
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Judi, rain and COLD in the morning...clearing (but still cold) by midday, so we still have a pretty good chance at rolling tomorrow.  Keep your fingers and your toes and anything else you can cross crossed for us!
January 25, 2008 07:26 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

Lisa, Ok, legs, feet and toes are crossed -- good thing I'm sitting down!  Hmmm, if I cross my eyes, fingers and arms -- I can't blog!?!?!?!  

January 25, 2008 07:30 PM
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Brian Block
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President
Lisa, wow!  Sounds like a funny party weekend coming up.  I love a good parade.
January 26, 2008 06:24 AM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC

Judi, we were cold and wet yesterday!  Just a mist on us, but enough to make it yukky and keep the crowds small.  Today, of course, was beautiful and sunny.  Day late and a dollar short!  Oh well, there is always next year, right?

Brian, I am paraded out for this weekend :)  Will post pictures soon...

January 27, 2008 08:29 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

Lisa,  ewwww, cold, wet and gloomy -- not the perfect day for a parade!   We'll look forward to next year!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that next Saturday the weather in San Antonio will be beautiful for our Mardi Gras Parade on the River!  I did write a post about it.

Lisa, Looking forward to the pictures.

January 27, 2008 09:48 PM
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Elizabeth Nieves
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

Your posts are so filled with great stuff about New Orleans, that I think I just have to plan a trip soon!!

I'm still not finished with the move, but I had to come up for a little air! :-) I've been missing you guys!!! GBU!

January 28, 2008 09:01 AM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC

Judi, can't wait to see your pics!

Elizabeth, come on down!  Been missing you too - hope the move is going as smoothly as it can :)

January 28, 2008 06:19 PM
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Judi Morgan
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Kimberly Howell Properties

Lisa,  I am really looking forward to Saturday.  Plan to have the camera battery fully charged and ready to take a lot of pictures!

January 28, 2008 07:04 PM
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Martin Abeshaus
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Beads.... throw me the beads!!!! I have my shirt up!!!! Throw me the beads!!!!
January 29, 2008 08:25 AM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC

Martin - catch!

 

January 29, 2008 09:28 AM
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