It’s Pirate Week in New Orleans

Ahoy! The NOLA Wenches are putting on a pirate-filled party this weekend. The events start tonight and are open to the public. And aye, ye can dress like a pirate (costume ideas).

image via the NOLA Wenches' Facebook page

image via the NOLA Wenches’ Facebook page

The schedule for this year’s Pirate Week AKA NOLA Wenches Annual Shore Leave Gathering is below.

And good advice from the group’s Facebook page:

ATTN ALL traveling pirates:

Due to heightened Airport security, be aware, CHECK your replica weaponry/guns when checking in….call your airport if not sure of new policies….must be In a case, with replica proof in most areas……be aware of changes due to yesterdays horrible Boston Attack.

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Irish Channel parade route for St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday (full schedule).

The route:

Advice from New in NOLA Kim:

Unless you are at the start of the parade (corner of Felicity and Magazine St. – departing at 1 p.m.) and grab a spot along Magazine between Jackson and Washington (which I highly recommend because there is plenty of space), you will be waiting for HOURS. It is such a short route, but it will take an absurdly long time to get through.

More St. Patrick’s parade advice from Kim. 

Tips for St. Patrick’s Day parade in New Orleans

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SCHEDULE IN NEW ORLEANS

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy's parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy’s parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

By Kim Smelter|  New Girl in NOLA

You thought you had put away your Mardi Gras beads for the season. Au contraire, my newly NOLA transplanted friends. Get your arms and dance moves ready, because this Saturday it’s time you bring out the big guns to catch some ridiculously large throws at the 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching down the Irish Channel.

Cabbages and Irish Spring Soap will be thrown at your head, you’ll receive a LOT of wet kisses from sweaty old Irish men and the smell of crawfish boils will take over the streets. Are you ready to catch me lucky charms?

St. Patrick’s Day parade tips from the New Girl in NOLA:

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#NewinNOLA tip: Back up at parades

#NewinNOLA tip: back up at parades when the marching bands come 

Photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

Photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

A fellow parade-goer warned us at Mardi Gras to back up when St. Augustine’s marching band was approaching.

“You don’t want a trombone in the face,” he said.

Sure enough, the marching bands take up the entire street and they expect you to move out of the way – not the other way around.

But as soon as the bands pass, you can scoot up to the floats in hopes of getting some better throws (local name for goodies that are thrown from a parade float).

Speaking of parades, here’s the schedule for St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans.

Click here for more #newinNOLA tips.

St. Aug's marching band was everything this Mardi Gras. We saw them in just about every parade. Also, our #newinNOLA tip: back up at parades so you don't get tromboned in the face. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

St. Aug’s marching band was everything this Mardi Gras. We saw them in just about every parade. Also, our #newinNOLA tip: back up at parades so you don’t get tromboned in the face. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

Schedule for Wednesdays at the Square in New Orleans

Wednesdays at the Square is a free concert series in New Orleans that benefits the Young Leadership Council. New in NOLA writer Elizabeth highly recommends this event as a cool, free thing for newcomers.

Food and drinks are for sale at the event.

From NOLA.com:

The YLC’s Wednesday at the Square free concert series kicks off Wednesday, March 6, with a performance from guitar man Anders Osborne, whose latest release is the “Three Free Amigos” EP – a laid-back, six-song acoustic jam featuring guests including Johnny Sansone and Billy Iuso.

The free, 12-week program, which also offers a bazaar of local food, drink and craft vendors, continues through May 22, with its closing headliner to be announced May 8; confirmed performers so far include boogie-woogie piano woman Marcia Ball, the Bucktown Allstars, Irvin Mayfield, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more.

Food and drink tickets can be purchased in advance viaWednesdayatthesquare.com.

The schedule via the concert’s website:

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Soul Fest schedule in New Orleans

It’s the 10th anniversary of Soul Fest this weekend. Admission to Soul Fest is included with zoo tickets (prices) this weekend.

Info via AudobonInstitute.org:

Over 20,000 visitors are set to converge upon the Audubon Zoo for the 10th Anniversary of Soul Fest. Soul Fest has evolved into one of New Orleans’ biggest celebrations of African American history.

image via audoboninstitute.org

image via audoboninstitute.org

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New Orleans columnist: Do we have too many festivals?

Jean-Paul Villere ponders in his Feb. 20 column if New Orleans has too many festivals. Main point of his column on UptownMessenger.com:

Are we nearing a tipping point of over abundant festivals this or any other spring?  Or as I’ve come to call it, will we soon experience Fest Fest?  And should we?  And if we do, are we in danger of becoming a mockery of ourselves?  Maybe yes, maybe no.

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2013 New Orleans festival schedule

New Orleans has a festival going on just about every weekend. The festival schedule via NewOrleansOnline.com:

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It's $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It’s $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World. We have dozens of festivals that celebrate our unique food, music and multicultural heritage all year-long.

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