NationalGeographic.com has its Top 10 things to do in New Orleans, besides Mardi Gras. Lots of good ideas to keep you busy.
The French Quarter’s heart and soul is a must-see, boasting a statue of Andrew Jackson at its center and a ragtag collection of artists and fortune-tellers fringing its perimeter. It’s flanked by the filligreed Pontalba apartments, site of the Streetcar-Named-Desire-inspired “Stella!” shouting contest held during the annual Tennessee Williams Festival. At the Square’s crown are three 18th-century architectural glories: the Cabildo, a former city hall where the Louisiana Purchase was signed; St. Louis Cathedral; and the Presbytère. The onetime courthouse is now the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum, showcasing Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, a fascinating exhibit on the infamous storm. Continue reading
We have several green beer options in New Orleans this weekend. Thanks to @expNewOrleans and @GoNOLA504 for pointing us in the right direction!
And now for our best bets for green beer in New Orleans:
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday (full schedule).
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.
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:
4600 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
If you’re looking for a place for Parisian style people-watching, this recently updated French bakery is the perfect spot.
Treat yourself to a chocolate croissant or a delicate pastry while watching the passers-by as they try to escape the rain. Take a table by the near floor-to-ceiling windows and immerse yourself in a captivating novel.