Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mardi Gras 2009

this is repost from last year during MardiGras...
since it's that time again I will bring it back...
enjoy :-)

Well since I'm home for Mardi Gras, so lets be themed and let me tell you what you can to do when can come to my hometown...

1. Mardi Gras
If you are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, get ready to let loose! This is the one time you can get "it" all out(well you define what it is). Do what you want(um as long as you don't accidently kill you or someone else lol), where ever you want. I mean you might as well before Lent.
There are parades,strolls,parties everywhere you turn, and yes --liquor, everywhere too(did i mention i don't drink?). However, you may wanna get together before Ash Wednesday =).
The two parades I recommend as a must see is Endymion which starts at 5pm on the Saturday before Mardi Gras;or the legendary Zulu which one of the two only all black(most of time) krewe!

2.Bourbon St./French Quarters
I know you all have heard of Bourbon St. at least once in your life.. no matter where you live. Well this modernized "Sodom and Gormora" (well not quite) is almost the same. This is probably the only street that you can do whatever you want(long as its legal-some of the time), with or without
Then there is the French Quarter in general:there is Jackson Square --which stores St. Louis Cathedral,the French Market, Cafe Du Monde(which applies to #4),Dixie Land(all that jazz baby) and list goes on...
3.Ride the Streetcar
You don't even need a destination because riding the streetcar in itself is enough. You can ride 13miles from St. Charles to the Garden District (historic rich neighbor) or even to very end of the line only for $1-1.75! (lets see gas prices beat that!). See New Orleans most fundamental landmarks all in one sitting..and the wind running through your hair which ain't too bad either.

4. Eat Gumbo/Beignets/Creole Cooking
Now if you don't do anything else, this one is a MUST. The Creole Seasoning and preparation here in New Orleans is like no other (and i mean no OTHER). It doesn't just have to be gumbo; it can be catfish,jambalaya, crawfish-ettouffe, boiled crawfish, shrimp creole(okay now its gettin kinda long,but you get the point). You can get Creole Cooking just about anywhere but places like Mama's, Landry's,New Orleans Foods & Spirits(a bit farther away) or any restaurant thats sounds Creole lol.
And BEIGNETS (pronouced ben-yays) is a tasty doughnut-type pastry covered/or not covered, depends on your choice, with confectioner's sugar. You can only get the best from CAFE DU MONDE, which is right across from Jackson Square.
painting by Michael Wilmon
5.Go see Historical Stuff(great title right?)
New Orleans is one of the few places in America that still holds the culture/hertiage/landmarks from day one! 3 hurricanes can even erase that (um...remember Camille,Betsey,Katrina). You can still go on Haunted Tours, go to Museums(the Museum of Art is a good one), the graveyards(especially the one of Marie Laveau), St. Louis Cathedral(mention in #2), art galleries on Julia St.,Congo Square, this and that.. There are pamphlets all over the place, you know'll what you wanna see when you get there.

Mambo No. 5 (A little bit of...) - Lou Bega
So ya see, there is all kinda of stuff to do in New Orleans(that you couldn't do anywhere else..even then it still wouldn't be the same--ONLY IN NEW ORLEANS!).. But with the city that never sleeps, you could do this all day and it would take more than a week to finish this list because there is soooo much more!!!

3 afterthoughts:

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

looks grreat especially the food and beads

bloggin'Britney said...

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Lot of big paranormal celebs as exhibitors including PARAPLEX creator and ISPR field parapsychologist Dr. Larry Montz, the Russian Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden (used to be married to parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holzer), TV & movie producer and director Eric Mofford, TV & movie producer and director Jeff Rector, Linda Mackenzie, Dr. Art Rosengarten, Sue Quiroz (Anne Rice exhibits), David Pack, Thomas Straub and more!

And the PARAPLEX Annex in the French Quarter, offers paranormal reality events like the world-famous GHOST EXPEDITIONS (which created the 'ghost hunting expedition' pop phenom around the world, PSYCHIC BOOT CAMP, UFO & GHOST HUNTERS NIGHTTIME SWAMP INVESTIGATIONS and the new French Quarter tour, Anne Rice's Vampires & Other Supernatural Beings Tour.

Here's more "listing" info on PARAPLEX:



The world's first 24/7 Interactive Paranormal Observatory, Lab & Museum, designed to excite all SIX SENSES!


Drawing on the actively haunted status of the 3-story, 14,000 square foot former mortuary with its resident entities and an eclectic array of paranormal subject matter spanning New Orleans to Hollywood and beyond, the PARAPLEX is an interactive expedition through the world's first-of-a-kind Paranormal Complex created by field parapsychologist
Dr. Larry Montz.

The PARAPLEX is the most progressive parapsychological concept ever imagined creating a signature blend of paranormal entertainment and education with classes, workshops and seminars and both static and interactive exhibits, an on-site theater and Psi testing including such highlights as:

PARANORMAL ART Galleries featuring the haunted works of the Russian Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden and Canada's foremost 'haunted art' creator Thomas Straub

HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS Photo Gallery and INTERNATIONAL HAUNTED PLACES Exhibit by New Orleans' own internationally-renowned ISPR field parapsychologist, award-winning documentarian, professional photographer and PARAPLEX creator, Dr. Larry Montz

LINDA MACKENZIES PSYCHIC ABILITIES REVEALED Exhibit is a multi-media educational experience on Psi abilities, culminating in the reveal of the world's most talent psychic

HAUNTED ITEMS & ITEMS FROM HAUNTED PLACES Exhibit showcasing rare items associated with the paranormal activities of the U.S.S. Cabot, television actress Delta Burke, the Vogue Theater Hollywood, CBS Columbia Square and of course, the city of New Orleans including the amazing and bizarre Anne Rice Doll Collection fomerly housed at the St. Elizabeth's Orphanage, investigated and validated as haunted in 1995 by the ISPR

PARAPSYCHOLOGY Exhibit showcases tools of the trade and spotlights some of the most important Parapsychology Pioneers of the last 120+ years (discover how Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the late, internationally-famed anthropologist, Margaret Mead were deeply associated within this controversial science)

Psi ABILITIES TESTING STATIONS - Test your enhanced psychic abilities regarding Clairvoyance, Telepathy, GESP and Psychometry...with a twist! And remember, Spirit Communication can occur anywhere within the PARAPLEX

HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD Exhibit showcases a variety of the entertainment industry's cool contributions to paranormal entertainment in life-sized forms like NOSPHERATU, the late great Stan Winston's PUMPKINHEAD, Anne Rice's VAMPIRES LESTAT, LOUIS AND CLAUDIA and VAMPIRE VLADIMUS (Billy Drago) from award-winning director Jeff Rector's feature film REVAMPED and more

GHOST PHOTOS & EVPs Exhibit - with a touch of your hand, analyze a fascinating collection of 'spirit photography' and audible 'spirit communications'

DEBUNKING Exhibit - An ever-evolving exhibit which takes patrons through a rational break-down of some of the most outrageous haunted legends - beginning with Madame Lalaurie and the Haunted House on Royal Street

SEANCE SIMULATOR - Spirit Communication has never been so thrilling as the experience you'll have in this exclusive 5-minute 'Afterlife Adventure'

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MYTHS & LEGENDS Exhibit showcases Werewolves, Big Foot, Chupacabra and of course, the 1970s footprint of the Honey Island Swamp Monster - and more!

FEAR Exhibit - from the sinister minds behind hi-tech fear and the technological expertise of The Mortuary Haunted House, rated by the Travel Channel as one of America's Top Ten Haunted Attractions...need we say more?

PARAPLEX THEATER - The PARAPLEX on-site theater provides an intimate screening experience for paranormal documentaries and feature films and doubles as special event venue in and of itself, catering to Indy filmmakers, Film Festivals, Premieres and private screenings. The PARAPLEX Theater also offers an ever-changing schedule of presentations, lectures, workshops and classes under the broad headings of Metaphysical, Alternative Health and of course, Parapsychology and Paranormal Research.

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