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NOVEMBER 2010
NEW ORLEANS, LA

2010 State Farm Bayou Classic
The yearly matchup between Louisiana rivals Grambling and Southern in November is much more than just a football game -- it is an event that draws thousands of college students and other fans to New Orleans to hang out, party and show their school spirit.

Over the last several years, this black college football game has been a compelling offensive juggernaut, with both teams trading touchdowns like demented stockbrokers unloading bonds. However, this is a game in which the records of the teams coming in are pretty much irrelevant, as the rivalry is so strong that crazy upsets often happen.

The Bayou Classic has arguably the best halftime show in football; both schools feature outstanding bands that march, strut and play in a ridiculously funky fashion. Many folks consider the halftime band matchup the highlight of the game.
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Bayou Classic Tickets - Southern vs Grambling State Football
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NEW ORLEANS STYLE DAY OF THE DEAD

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH SALLIE ANN GLASSMAN

La Source Ancienne Ounfo &
The Island of Salvation Botanica & Magical Pharmacy

Monday, November 1st
3319 Rosalie Alley
New Orleans, LA.

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Day of the Dead Ritual Pictures

Ceremony for Gede: 7 p.m., in Rosalie Alley, off of Rampart, between Piety and Desire.

Followed by potluck supper & procession to the cemetary to feed the dead. Please wear white with a purple headscarf, or black and purple for Gede. Bring a dish (not a blonde) for the people and an offering for the DEAD or GEDE. Gede's tastes tend towards peppers, flat bread, rum, cigars, goats, crosses, gravedigger's tools, black cock feathers, skeletons, sunglasses with one lens, spicy creole foods, and money! He is syncretized with St. Gerard. Or you can bring something your ancestors or loved ones enjoyed in life

New Orleans Day of The Dead Celebration, with Sallie Ann Glassman

Please wear white with a purple headscarf, or black and purple for Gede. Bring a dish (not a blond) for the people, and an offering for the Dead or Gede.

Gede’s tastes tend towards peppers, flat breads, rum, cigars, goat stew, crosses, grave-digger’s tools, black cock feathers, skeletons, sunglasses with one lens, hot Creole foods, money, the colors black, mauve, and white. He is syncretized with St. Gerard.

Or you can bring something that your ancestors or loved ones enjoyed in life.

More info. and R.S.V.P.: (504) 948-9961

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The 2010 Mirliton Festival
Markey Park
Piety and Royal St, Bywater
New Orleans LA 70117
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The annual Bywater party began in 1989, organized by neighborhood boosters who thought their section of town needed its own event. Longtime Bywater resident Mary Cooper was among the founders and recalled that the first fest began "as kind of a joke." According to Mary, the thinking was, "They have festivals in Louisiana for everything else, why not mirlitons?" For several years the fest was produced in tandem with the Bywater Home Tour. In 1991 the festival even held a parade from Press Street down Rampart Street to the Stallings Center with the F.T. Nicholls High School (now Fredrick Douglas) marching band. Over the fest's 18 year history, one thing has remained the same: the Mirliton Festival has great food and superlative music. excerpt for Mirliton Festival Program

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2010 Mirliton Festival in New Orleans Bywater.

The Bywater Neighborhood Association in association with The Bywater Art Market present The 2008 Mirliton Festival. Saturday November 7, 2009 11a.m.-7:00p.m. at Markey Park on the corner of Piety and Royal Streets in Bywater

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Admission $5.00

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Cajun food, crafts and music galore at Swamp Fest BeauSoleil, Rockin’ Dopsie, Amanda Shaw and other set to perform
Saturday November 6, 2010& Sunday November7, 2010

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(New Orleans, LA) – Audubon Zoo is throwing a party – CAJUN STYLE! Celebrate Louisiana’s heritage at the 24th annual Louisiana Swamp Fest at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2009. This family-style festival features Cajun cuisine, Cajun and Zydeco music, cultural demonstrators and one-of-a-kind crafts.

Some of the delectable Cajun fare that will be available for purchase are soft shell crab po-boys, seafood corn macque choux, fried eggplant with crawfish cream sauce, red beans and rice, chicken and andouille gumbo, spinach and crawfish bread bowl, shrimp wrap with crabmeat au gratin, and oyster po-boys among others. For kids who haven’t developed their Cajun palates just yet, hot dogs and hamburgers will also be on the menu.

Restaurants and caterers that will be serving these taste-tempting Cajun dishes are: 4 of Us, Catering Unlimited, Galley Restaurant, Jeanminette Creole Kitchen, Love at First Bite, Palmer’s Cuisine, Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant, Saltwater Grill and Seafood Market and Audubon Nature Institute.

Crafts that will be available for purchase include oil painting reflecting Louisiana life, beaded jewelry, jewelry, jams and preserves, candles and paintings on driftwood. Artists will include: Linda Lesperance Fine Art, Elemental Designs, Funny Farm, Common Scents Candles, Crescent Moon Designs, UP – Unique Products, J Star Designs, Water Shed Farms. Cultural demonstrations, which will be showcased at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, will feature wood carving, basket weaving, a silversmith and fiber spinning and weaving and more.

Louisiana Swamp Fest 2009
Dust off those dancing shoes! This year’s celebration will be a toe-tapping good time as musicians perform the finest Cajun and Zydeco sounds on three stages -- that’s up from two stages last year! The musical line up is:

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Performance Pavilion
10:15am - 11:30am—Hadley J. Castille and his Sharecropper Band feat. Sarah Jayde
11:55am - 1:10pm—Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
1:35pm - 2:50pm—Lost Bayou Ramblers
3:15pm - 4:45pm—Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Swamp Exhibit
12:00pm - 1:15pm—Lafourche Cajun Band
1:30pm - 2:45pm—Lafourche Cajun Band
3:00pm - 4:00pm—Lafourche Cajun Band

Heritage Stage
10:45am - 11:15am—Sunpie Barnes presents Musique Creole en Creole
11:50am - 12:20pm—Historical Evolution of the Cajun Fiddle
12:35pm - 1:05pm—Taking on Water; A History of the Culture and Ecology of South Louisiana
1:15pm - 2:00pm—Roland Cheramie’s Cajun Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
2:15pm - 2:45pm—Comparing and Contrasting Zydeco and Cajun Music



Sunday, November 8, 2009
Performance Pavilion
10:15am - 11:30am—Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
11:55am - 1:10pm—Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
1:35pm - 2:50pm—Bonsoir, Catin
3:15pm - 4:45pm—Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Swamp Exhibit
12:00pm - 1:15pm—Tout Les Soirs
1:30pm - 2:45pm—Tout Les Soirs
3:00pm - 4:00pm—Tout Les Soirs

Heritage Stage
10:45am - 11:15am—A History of Zydeco with Geno Delafose
11:50am - 12:20pm—A Cajun Culture Workshop with Bruce Daigrepont
12:35pm - 1:05pm—Bonsoir, Catin; Acoustic Set
1:15pm - 2:00pm—Roland Cheramie’s Cajun Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
2:15pm - 2:45pm—The Chubby & Earl Zydeco Workshop

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Louisiana Swamp Fest 2009
Swamp Fest celebrates Louisiana Cajun culture and heritage through education and entertainment. This family-oriented festival gives visitors insight into the Cajun way of life through cultural demonstrations, music, food and crafts. The weekend salute to Louisiana's Bayou country at the Zoo features hands-on encounters with live Louisiana swamp animals and special animal feedings. Swamp Fest is free with Zoo admission. Audubon Zoo members get in free!
Music

Come down to hear some of the best cajun and zydeco music around, including several of your old favorites and a few new sounds, too.

Food Fest-goers can taste the local flavor in the main festival area of the Zoo with Cajun favorites and much more. Some dishes you can try are Shrimp & Crabmeat Gumbo, Spinach & Crawfish Bread Bowl, Gator Burgers, Soft-shell Crab Po-Boy, Alligator Sauce Picante and much, much more.

Bring home a piece of Louisiana's heritage with unique Cajun creations. Genuine Louisiana arts and crafts will be sold throughout the Zoo.

Interested in becoming a craft vendor for Louisiana Swamp Fest? Contact Valerie Robinson by email or call (504) 529-4341 for more information.

The Louisiana Swamp Exhibit is where is all started. It was the inspiration for the Louisiana Swamp Fest and central point for meeting Swamp creatures of all kinds. Audubon Zoo's Louisiana Swamp Exhibit is the most authentic swamp exhibit in Louisiana. Fest-goers can experience traditional Cajun music or learn about the Cajun culture. There will also be animal feedings throughout the exhibit including a scheduled alligator feeding!
Audubon Zoo

Kids of all ages can learn about our Zoo animals in their natural habitats including rare white tigers, white alligators and orangutans and more! Read more about Audubon Zoo.

Audubon Zoo, a facility of Audubon Nature Institute, is located at 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Admission to Louisiana Swamp Fest is included in regular admission, which is $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for children ages 2-12 and $9.00 for seniors 65 years of age and over. Audubon Zoo members are admitted free of charge. No outside food or beverage is allowed during special events and festivals.

For information on Louisiana Swamp Fest at Audubon Zoo, call 504-581-4629 or 1-800-774-7394 or visit www.auduboninstitute.org.

The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute operates parks and museums in New Orleans dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature which includes Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and Audubon Park. Audubon Insectarium is scheduled to open in 2008. For more information about Audubon Nature Institute, its public attractions and conservation efforts, please visit www.auduboninstitute.org.


New Orleans, rich in it's tradition and history, will provide you with a wealth of entertainment, culture, history, food,and much more. While planning your trip to New Orleans, we hope that you are able to find a few items here at travelnola.com to make your experience pleasurable, as well as economical in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS
New Orleans….the mere mention of the name conjures up pictures of floats, maskers, beads, doubloons and the pure joy of Mardi Gras. From the family atmosphere of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, to the party feel of the downtown and French Quarter areas, there is a place to parade watch for everyone of every age and size. The celebration that is Mardi Gras is deeply rooted in the French tradition of New Orleans. Begun as a "New World" carryover from the pre-Lenten Parisian Mardi Gras, the New Orleans festivities evolved from private balls to foot parades to float parades (started in the mid 1800s) to the extravaganzas of today. The organizations that provide the Mardi Gras parades and balls are called "krewes". All do so at their own expense, thus providing what has many times been called the "Greatest Free Show on Earth". The Mardi Gras celebration begins on January 6 (Feast of the Epiphany also known as Kings Day) and continues through Mardi Gras Day (the day before Ash Wednesday). The traditional "king cake" is associated with and eaten during the entire Mardi Gras season. Also during this time, most carnival krewes have their balls or supper dances. Formal parades in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes begin about two weeks before Mardi Gras Day. The festivities reach a crescendo on the weekend before Mardi Gras Day and that level continues through Fat Tuesday. Houses, lampposts, people, and even horses are dressed in the colors ofMardi Gras-purple, green and gold. New Orleans for a brief time each year is transformed into a place where the everyday world is cast aside. Beads, doubloons, cups, and numerous other krewe throws are tossed to thousands of happy parade goers shouting,
"Throw me something, mister. "
Laissez les bon temps rouler.

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a growing event each year. Setting record crowds the past few years. This two weekend festival has drawn the likes of many top entertainers, such as Paul Simon,Santana, B.B. King, and many more. This event always seems to out do itself every year. The festival always falls on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. It may be springtime, but do not count on all to comfortable temperatures. While average highs are only in the lower 80's, the combination between the large crowds and the lack of shade make for a surprisingly hot time. Another great thing about this festival is it gives you an opportuinity to sample just about every local cuisine you can think of. (Tip: Get your Crawfish Bread & Crawfish Monica early in the day. You don't want to waste time standing in line for these great items, when you could be out dancing to great artist). Remember to bring comfortable clothes and shoes and sunscreen and hat to enjoy the festival to its fullest.
Happy Jazz Fest!!!!

DID YOU KNOW
Louisiana was named in honor of French King Louis XIV. President Thomas Jefferson negotiated with Napoleon for the territory, and took control with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The state was admitted to the Union as the 18th state on April 30, 1812



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Parade Pictues

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French Quarter,
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