Second Line Schedule 2016-2017

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*NOTE: SECOND LINE DATES & LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME*

AUGUST 2016
8/28- Valley of The Silent Men/ 1st 2nd line of the season (UPTOWN)

SEPTEMBER 2016

9/4- NO PARADE SCHEDULED/Possible makeup date
9/11- Young Men Olympians {2 Hour Mini} (UPTOWN)
9/18- Good Fellas (UPTOWN)
9/25- Young Men Olympians {Regular 4 Hour} (UPTOWN)

OCTOBER 2016

10/2- Family Ties (DOWNTOWN)
10/9- Prince of Wales (UPTOWN)
10/15- {SATURDAY 2ND LINE} Black Men of Labor (DOWNTOWN)
10/16- Men of Class (UPTOWN)
10/23- Original 4 (UPTOWN)
10/30- Women of Class (UPTOWN)

NOVEMBER 2016

11/6- We Are 1 (UPTOWN)
11/13- Sudan (DOWNTOWN)
11/20- 9 Times & 9SL (DOWNTOWN)
11/27- Lady & Men Buckjumpers (UPTOWN)

DECEMBER 2016

12/4- Dumaine Street Gang (DOWNTOWN) & Westbank Steppers (WESTBANK)
12/11- New Generation (UPTOWN)
12/18- Big Nine (DOWNTOWN)
12/25- Lady & Men Rollers (UPTOWN)

JANUARY 2017

1/1- Perfect Gentlemen (UPTOWN)
1/8- Lady Jetsetters (UPTOWN)
1/15- Undefeated Divas (DOWNTOWN)
1/22- Ladies & Men of Unity (UPTOWN)
1/29- NO PARADE/ POSSIBLE MAKEUP DATE

FEBRUARY 2017

2/5- Treme Sidewalk Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
2/12- CTC Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
2/19- NO 2ND LINE (MARDI GRAS SEASON)
2/26- NO 2ND LINE (MARDI GRAS SEASON)

MARCH 2017

3/5- VIP Ladies & Kids (UPTOWN)
3/12- Keep N It Real (DOWNTOWN)
3/19- Single Men (UPTOWN) & SUPER SUNDAY UPTOWN
3/26- Revolution (DOWNTOWN)

APRIL 2017

4/2- New Orleans Bayou Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
4/9- Single Ladies (UPTOWN)
4/16- Pigeon Town Steppers (UPTOWN) {EASTER SUNDAY}
4/23- Old & Nu Style Fellas (DOWNTOWN)
4/30-NO 2ND LINE DUE TO JAZZ FEST

MAY 2017

5/7- NO 2ND LINE DUE TO JAZZ FEST
5/14- Original Big 7 (DOWNTOWN) {MOTHER’S DAY}
5/21- Divine Ladies (UPTOWN) & ZULU (DOWNTOWN)
5/28- Money Wasters (DOWNTOWN)

JUNE 2017

6/18- Perfect Gentlemen Father’s Day Parade (UPTOWN)
6/25- Uptown Swingers {THE LAST 2ND LINE OF THE SEASON}

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French Quarter Festival 2014

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I had a great time at the French Quarter Festival this year. Every year the crowds are getting bigger.  Surely all attendance records were broken this year with all of the great weather we had.  If the crowds continue to grow, it may require that they stop all vehicle traffic in the French Quarter for this festival. The organization will have to revisit the parking situation in the French Quarter and surrounding area to handle the massive crowds.

French Quarter Festival is a free, annual music festival located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1983 with the first festival held in 1984, French Quarter Festival features 1,400 musicians across 21 stages in the French Quarter. The impressive array of music showcases a variety of popular New Orleans' genres including traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun-Zydeco, world, brass band, blues, rock, and pop from some of New Orleans' most well-known musicians. French Quarter Festival offers cuisine from more than 65 of New Orleans' finest restaurants at the 'World's Largest Jazz Brunch'. With an annual attendance of over 560,000,[1] the festival bills itself as "The Largest Free Festival In the South."[2] The next French Quarter Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014.

French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

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Festivals In New Orleans

The word “FUN” is nearly synonymous with the term Festivals in New Orleans. New Orleans is known to be a fun town, full of festivities, parades, music, food, art, and the Mississippi River.

Mardi Gras is just one of the many New Orleans festivals that this city can boast, and it is a very big one, indeed. From January until its huge parade on Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the big draw to the Big Easy. But there are other New Orleans festivals going on all year round in this town that never seems to sleep.

The French Quarter Festival runs during four days in mid-April where non-stop 275 hours of musical entertainment can be enjoyed on twenty stages. The festival attracts more than 500,000 participants for this New Orleans music fest. Begun in 1984, the French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the South. A multitude of musical genres such as traditional and contemporary jazz, R & B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Zydeco, Latin World, International, and children’s music are represented. Food and drink is available in beautiful Jackson Square and a free shuttle service will take you from stage to stage.

The Satchmo Summerfest is an event that music lovers everywhere should not miss. This New Orleans jazz fest is dedicated to the life and music of New Orleans born Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. It is a free music festival enhanced with speakers, seminars and food and drink.

There is no Christmas like Christmas New Orleans Style, a festival held during the month of December. Food, romance, art, architecture and music, this festival has it all. Enjoy the gospel choirs in the St. Louis Cathedral. Feel like a little child again as you stroll or ride along the oak trees all lit up in City Park. See the homes gaily decorated in the Garden District. Every nook and cranny of New Orleans is ready for the holidays during the entire month of the season.

Don’t miss the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April and May. The music tents are set up in Heritage Square and Louisiana Marketplace along with a showcase of original handcrafted clothing, gorgeous leather goods and crafted musical instruments, along with a colorful array of paintings, photographs, sculptures and one-of-a-kind jewelry items. You will find delectable food items in Congo Square, Heritage Square and the other food areas selling such wares as Po-Boys, Cajun Jambalaya, Alligator Pies, Beignets, Crawfish Bisque, Pralines, and fresh pies to name a few items. It is food and music galore. On the crafty and cultural end, there are “villages” set up to represent the various heritages such as Louisiana Folklife Village where Cajun musicians handcraft accordions, boat builders ply their craft, and you will learn the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians and Marching Clubs. The Native American Village will introduce you to a real pow-wow with traditional dances, drumming and singing.

 

New Orleans During The Civil War

New Orleans during The Civil War was captured by the Union Army in 1862.  Whether you are a history buff or a sightseeing tourist, this fact will have great importance as you tour the state of Louisiana and make your way to New Orleans.  You will find memorials, museums and other reminders of the role Louisiana played in the outcome of the Civil War.  New Orleans was the largest and richest city in the South when Louisiana seceded from the Union.  It was the first major Southern city to be recaptured by Union troops.

Louisiana Civil War MuseumNew Orleans was occupied by the Union troops for three years, many of whom decided to make their homes there when the war ended.  New Orleans became an attractive, vital place for them to live and make their living with the ports, abundance of fresh seafood and the lively neighborhoods.

In New Orleans history, the city was a strong Confederate city.  In fact, New Orleans was the largest Confederate city in the Confederacy.  In the midst of the Civil War New Orleans was a stronghold, adding thousands of troops to the fight.  Its location along the Mississippi River made it an important city and a target for Union soldiers to capture.  Once captured, New Orleans became less vital to the South as its ports were no longer available to her.

While touring New Orleans, there is much for you to see in terms of Civil War, New Orleans artifacts and New Orleans history.  If you visit the New Orleans visitors web site or ask about tours of the area, you will get a feel for what artifacts and memorials you will be able to investigate.  For example, you can visit the Army of Tennessee Memorial at Metairie Cemetery. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.  A statue and tomb of General Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard, an important Confederate officer, can be found there.

You can view the Confederate Memorial Hall at Louisiana’s oldest continually operating museum (under renovation since Katrina).  It contains the second-largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world..  It is a repository for records, reports, artifacts, and memorabilia of the Civil War.  The body of Jefferson Davis, the first Confederate President, lay in state at Memorial Hall on May 29, 1893, just two years after the Confederate Museum opened.  President Davis died in New Orleans in 1889. He lay in state at the Memorial Hall for a day and a half while over 600,000 people came to pay their respects and view the body.

Chalmette Battlefield
Battle of 1815 New Orleans

Also take a look at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery which was the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

Must See Attractions in New Orleans

Many tourists come to Louisiana and don't get to visit the must see attractions in New Orleans. Some of the attractions are fairly obvious ones that most people know about while others are more off the beaten track. There are so many things to do in New Orleans.

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most see attractions in New Orleans

Take the New Orleans School of Cooking, for instance. This is one of the few places that a visitor can take classes in classic Creole cooking, making jambalaya, shrimp Creole, or gumbo dishes. If you love authentic New Orleans cooking and want to know how it’s made, you need to visit this attraction and view a demonstration class.

Another attraction is the National World War II Museum. The focus here is on the remembrance and celebration of the American Spirit, courage and the sacrifices of the men and women who served during World War II. There are many relics on display and audiovisual demonstrations. Plan on spending at least half a day touring this fantastic museum, noted as being the best of its kind in the country.

Attractions in New Orleans Not To Be Missed!

One attractions not to be missed is a tour through the Garden District. If you contact the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, you can get information on self-guided tours of this beautiful neighborhood. You will see antebellum mansions, gorgeous gardens and the way the “new rich” lived and built their homes in the 19th century.

Take a factory tour of the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. The tour begins with a cocktail and ends with a tasting of four types of rum. See the process of distilling rum from beginning to end. This is a great way to spend some time on something novel to do outside of the quarter.

The Audubon Zoo is a favorite with adults and children alike. You will find an interesting swamp exhibit here, where, by the way, you can eat a meal of delicious jambalaya! You’ll also find a Cajun Village, and all of the exhibits, indoors and out, that can be expected at a top-notch zoo.

Jackson Square

The History of New Orleans
Jackson Square

For a fun outdoor walking experience, visit Jackson Square, a famous landmark facing the Mississippi River and is surrounded by the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Presbytere (Mardi Gras museum with the Katrina exhibit). Here is a great place to sit, relax and do some people watching. Jackson Square ties a lot of the different histories and sights of New Orleans together. In any direction you walk, you’ll see one of the New Orleans attractions you’ve heard about. You will come across Bourbon Street, St Louis Cathedral, Cafe du Monde, Marie Laveau’s, Pat O’Brien’s, The French Market, The Riverwalk and The Natchez Paddle-Wheeler. Take a horse drawn carriage ride and admire the picturesque area. There are so many things to do while in the Crescent City! Enjoy yourself and remember there are many things to do in New Orleans because NOLA never sleeps!

New Orleans Mardi Gras

You haven’t experienced Louisiana until you come here for the New Orleans Mardi Gras festivities.  The term “Mardi Gras” signifies one day of parties and parades on the day before Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French.  It is the Tuesday before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.  During Lent, many people stop eating rich food or candies, culminating on Easter Sunday, when a big meal is eaten to break the fast, including chocolates, in the form of Easter eggs or bunny rabbits, and delicious desserts.

King of Rex
New Orleans Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras in New Orleans has come to mean more than just one day of partying and eating like a king.  Mardi Gras carnivals have turned into a months’ long period of activities, some beginning in January and building up through February right up until the actual Mardi Gras Day.

New Orleans Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Mardi Gras

If you’re wondering what goes on during Mardi Gras, here’s a few tips and ideas of what to expect before you make your New Orleans hotel reservation.  First of all, do plan ahead, as the city gets very crowded during this time of year.  If you plan on being in the Big Easy on Mardi Gras Day, study the parade routes and plan on being where you want to be with plenty of time to spare.

Mardi Gras New Orleans
Mardi Gras Flags

Do come to New Orleans  with fun in mind!  Dress up in a costume for the parades – anything goes here.  You’re here to watch and to be seen.  And be ready to catch some Mardi Gras beads and “throws” that are tossed into the crowd from the parade floats.  These can include beads, cups, doubloons and stuffed animals.  The beads are the most visible symbols and souvenirs of Mardi Gras and there are more than enough to go around.

Interestingly, there is no one “official” Mardi Gras.  It’s a holiday that belongs to anyone and everyone who wants to take part in it.  There are different parades with their own themes and best of all, it’s free to go to any of them.  Enjoy the marching bands, over three hundred floats, and thousands of parade-goers.  Whether you are in a parade or watching one, chances are you’ll be wearing an outlandish costume just to fit in!    So have a great time and participate in one of the New Orleans Mardi Gras festivals.

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City Park New Orleans

In City Park New Orleans you will find yourself in a 1300 acre public park. This is about half the size of New York City’s Central Park and that is one large public space, indeed! The nature and scenery here are tremendously impressive. The park was built in 1853, establishing itself as one of the oldest public parks in America. City Park is located on City Park Avenue, once known as Metairie Road. It lies along what remains of the Metairie Bayou.

New Orleans City Park
City Park New Orleans

 Within City Park New Orleans can boast ownership of the largest collection of live oak trees the world over, some as old as 600 years. If you are looking for more New Orleans travel info beyond the Mardi Gras festivities and the Garden District, take a close look at City Park. It boasts dozens of attractions for the tourist and native alike. If you travel to New Orleans, go to City Park for the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, especially if you are traveling with kids. This quaint amusement park is over one hundred years old.

Ride the miniature train or the small roller coaster; the children will have a blast! Wooden carousels are difficult to find these days, but City Park has one of the few that remain. It is a carved wooden carousel and unique in its own way.

There is a place called Story Land within City Park; New Orleans loves to entertain children with this fairy tale-themed playground. The twenty-six fairy tale exhibits from recognizable stories that children love are ready to be climbed on and make excellent photo opportunities for you.

Ted Gormley Stadium was built in the 1930s as a public works project and then renovated in 1992 for the Olympic Trials held in New Orleans. It seats 26,500 people and is used for various games and competitions. There’s also another stadium in the park, known as the Pan American Stadium. This stadium is home to the Jesters, a New Orleans soccer team of the highest caliber. Other soccer games and school-level football games are regularly played at the stadium.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Do not miss the thirteen acres given over to create the New Orleans Botanical Garden located in City Park. Here you will find a lush collection of temperate, tropical, and semitropical plants. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is another do-not-miss attraction here. It is one of the best museums located in the South.

NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art

For those who don’t play professional sports but still want to get out there and compete a little, City Park does not disappoint. Take a run on the 400 meter track (which was also used at the “Track and Field” Trials), hit a few balls on a tennis field, take out a boat on a lagoon, fish to your heart’s content in a lake, tour the bayou, or check out the horses in the stables.

If you are a lover of the arts but you also want to be outside instead of inside an art museum, check out the Syndey and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. View more than thirty works of sculpture in the beautifully landscaped garden built in 2003. Within City Park there are also historic sculptures such as the Peristyle, Pop Bandstand and the Casino Building, all built before 1920. In 1937, the Pop Fountain was built.

City Park New Orleans hosts a calendar of events such as free concerts, plant sales and various fundraising events.

New Orleans Aquarium

Visiting the New Orleans Aquarium is just one of the many wonderful things to do after walking around in the heat of the French Quarter. In fact, this aquarium, is a destination vacation spot on its own. Especially if you have children traveling with you, do not miss a visit to the Aquarium of the Americas at the foot of Canal Street.

Audubon Aquarium
New Orleans Aquarium

New Orleans Aquarium

Many come to this New Orleans Aquarium just to see the famous white alligator. This is also home to the Energy IMAX Theatre. These places are great to cool off after strolling in New Orleans’ humid weather.

There is a stingray touch tank and a nurse shark touch tank. The kids will love this part of the aquarium – a moment to actually feel the underwater creatures they have seen behind glass and in picture books. And how many people can claim to have actually touched a live shark? This modern New Orleans aquarium is home to more than 15,000 creatures from the sea, some exotic, rare and fascinating.

The aquarium is not limited to life in the Mississippi or the Bayou. Here you can walk through a thirty-foot long Caribbean Reef tunnel and see reef creatures that are normally seen only by divers. If you’ve ever been fascinated by seahorses, there is a Seahorses Gallery where you can watch them swim between the grasses of the water. Visit the Amazon Rainforest exhibit to take a look at anaconda snakes, poisonous frogs and gorgeous exotic birds.

The famous white alligator is an endangered species that you can see at this one-of-a-kind New Orleans aquarium. There were only eighteen of these alligators found in a Louisiana swamp. They are not albino alligators; they have blue eyes that contrast amazingly with their white skin. They are a sight to see. Cajun culture tells us that seeing a white alligator is a good omen. That should be enough incentive to get most people to the aquarium and they will be more than glad they came. Another rare sight to see there are the neon colored frogs! Talk about glowing faces!

You can literally spend all day at this aquarium. One of the best things about it, other than its inhabitants, is its location on the Mississippi river. Any good New Orleans vacation package will include tickets to the Aquarium of the Americas along with all of the other attractions. Just blocks from Jackson Square and the French Quarter, the Aquarium can take up your day or round it out with the other sights and sounds of the city.

Old Custom House
Audubon-Insectarium

Audubon Insectarium

If insects do not make your skin crawl, make sure you travel across the street to the Audubon Insectarium located in the historic Custom House. One of the city’s newly added tourist attractions, it is not only a favorite of visitors, but also locals alike.

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