Darlings, Happy Mardi Gras 2017
My body is sore but I have been having so much fun. This is the first time in a long time that I did not have to work at the gallery so I have been attending as many balls and parades as I want to without having to worry about work. I feel blessed.
Before I share my past experiences and what the upcoming events are, I want to make sure that you put in your calendar that my next Round Table Luncheon is Wednesday, March 15 at noon at the Royal Orleans Hotel. The theme is "It is Festival Time" and, as such, I am inviting the organizers of the French Quarter Festival, Jazz & Heritage Festival, Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, New Orleans Bravo Association to discuss the upcoming Mad Hatter's and the "When the Stars Align." I also would like to tie the Luncheon to the upcoming WYES' 60 Years and Still Groovin's Gala. So please pull out your ‘60s attire and join us.
Email Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com to confirm. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be accepted as the hotel will only prepare meals for the number of guests that have made reservations.
Darlings, I started my second Mardi Gras week by attending the annual Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall. It was a lovely, delicious and entertaining evening since guests were able to see the Krewe of Druids and the Krewe of Nyx parades. At the Krewe of Nyx, the largest female krewe in New Orleans, my darling friend Irma Thomas was the Grand Marshal and she looked radiant. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154109453725870.1073742800.581200869&type=1&l=71287ee20e
On Thursday, it was the annual Krewe of Hermes Gala Ball/Dinner and, as in the past, it was spectacular. It was held at the ballroom of the Hilton Riverside .https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154111531265870.1073742801.581200869&type=1&l=dc51aa60c5
WOW! Friday before Mardi Gras is an incredible experience. I started it by attending the annual Greasing of the Poles at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. I roamed the French Quarter and visited Arnaud's and Antoine's before joining my friends at Galatoire's They had invited me and had paid $500 per seat when they bought the table at the auction to benefit the Galatoire's Foundation as well as Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and the Good Shepherd School.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154118483280870.1073742803.581200869&type=1&l=40fa057cc0
Edible Schoolyard is an organization dedicated to improving the long-term well-being of their students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs.
The Good Shepherd School has, as its mission, helping low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development, and continued guidance during the students' further education
Last night I was invited by the Captain of the Krewe of Orpheus to attend the spectacular Orpheuscapade XXIV at the Ernest Morial Convention Center.
Tonight, Mardi Gras Day 2017, I am looking forward to getting in my costume and along with Duchess Chiquita Bergen we will roam the French Quarter before I get ready to attend the annual Rex Ball at the Sheraton!
Beautiful photo taken by Michael Langford at my request of the Royalty of the culinary Krewe of Lafcadio, King Chef John Folse and legendary Chef Leah Chase.
Looking beyond Mardi Gras, there are some exciting events coming up that I’m going to love attending. Of special interest to me is a series of concerts coming up at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the French Quarter highlighting Spanish and Latin American music. The series, titled “Music of Hispanic Inspiration,” will be the theme of this year’s annual series of six free Thursday evening concerts leading up to Easter presented by the Bishop Perry Center in cooperation with St. Louis Cathedral and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The series kicks off Thursday evening, March 2, at 6:00 at St. Mary’s, 1100 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The first featured artists in the series will be guitarist Javier Olondo and his group, Ashe Son.
Alfred Lemmon, director of The Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection and an authority on the music of Spain and Latin America, will give a brief talk introducing the series. Five other Hispanic-themed concerts, all on Thursday evenings at St. Mary’s through April 6, will follow this one. Here is the full lineup:
Thursday, March 2: Javier Olondo and Ashe Son
Thursday, March 9: Mariachi Jalisco
Thursday, March 16: Peter Collins, solo pianist
Thursday, March 23: Eduardo Tozzato quartet
Thursday, March 30: Jay Kacherski, solo guitarist
Thursday, April 6: Paul Weber and Krewe de Voix Chamber Chorus
Although the concerts are free and open to the public, donations are encouraged to help the Bishop Perry Center fulfill its mission of aiding the estimated 15,000-20,000 disadvantaged New Orleans citizens it serves annually. Please give generously to this mission.
Talking about Latins. here is a video of "Que Pasa in New Orleans" when i was crowned as the Mardi Gras Mambo Queen 2017.