Halloween was absolutely excellent! I spent Thursday through Saturday in New Orleans, attending several events and to say the least I met so many new faces and new names,, people from everywhere seemed to pique my interest and I was fascinated by all the festivities that celebrated the true Halloween spirit! From Voodoo Fests, to Harvest Concerts, to a night partying with the immortals and the undead at the Tru Blood and Gold Vampire Ball.
So here is a breakdown of the events during my most spectacular stay, and being that it was my first visit to the city of New Orleans, I must say it made the most memorable impression upon me and I will have to plan another visit soon.
Thursday I made it downtown, during a walk throughout the infamous streets, starting from Canal, and making my way down Decatur visiting the Voodoo House " May the Curse be with You"! , to the House of Blues, on toward Jackson Square! Which by the way had it's share of street folks, performers, Tarot card reads, spell -binders, and the often passer by's (including my self) that got sucked into throwing down a twenty for a reading. Hmmm who knows if I will be in LA soon, (or rather should I say once again... or if I will meet someone influential to my life with the "M" name that seemed to be a prominent channel... Mon,,, Monroe... 'do you know anyone with the name Monroe? (sorry can't say I do) Being that my hair color is similar to Marilyn Monroe's I suppose it was the sun glinting from my shiny blondness that had him hypnotized and focused on the famed actress' last name! HA!
Getting hungry now and I had to stop to eat, being that I actually was bee-lining down Bourbon street, and of course me being the tourist I am having to stop by each wizard, the painted people, and the 'clubs' who so selflessly are promoted with the girls in the doorways with their 'prizes' hanging about... I had to keep throwing a buck in the buckets, so I felt good about taking as many pictures of me, along with dragging in the occasional, random passerby in the silly hat!
Finally found a place to eat, I figured I wanted to try the original delicacies New Orleans is so famous for, Craw fish and Alligator! almost anywhere you go you can find these items however nothing seemed to fit my fancy and my starving stomach, until I found the perfect little niche' K-Joes off of St. Louis St. http://www.k-joesrestaurant.com/
They had the most delicious food and the most enjoyable conversation as I met the owner, sine I participated in sharing a little information that I was visiting from Texas; lo and behold the owners are from the Hill Country here near Austin! A very enjoyable meeting to say the least, which reminds me I should really give them a call since they are near by and treat them to a dinner here Tejas style, as if they haven't already enjoyed the Tex- Mex .
Later that evening I made way to the Harvest Festival which is an annual concert held downtown in Lafayette Square, set in between the high rise bldgs of the Warehouse District (I believe it's called), of New Orleans, it was quite a scene to be invited as a VIP to join in the crews to the headlining bands that played, I was so exited to be invited that I once again took into favor my 'tourist' affiliations and began mingling and picture taking! Then proceeded to join an older gentleman to just sit, listen and enjoy the park attenders and music as the sun set off the river and the lights on the street began to amp on. What a truly remarkable adventure and a day well spent. meeting all the patrons, people and the organizers of New Orleans Halloween Events.
Friday began as I tried to sleep in, with the excitement coursing through me, I could not wait to be back up , out and about on the streets going to walk about one more time. I started at the Riverwalk, although the river boats, paddle boats and barges were a sight for me to take in, it was not a grandeur as it is made out to be, basically it is a mall like any other mall across America, all the trendy shops lined all neatly, now the food court was something to brag about! You can get pretty much anything you would like to eat, from the hamburger to fried alligator and crawfish,,, but I skipped on these items. I needed a margarita! which you can get anywhere, even at the local fast food places and well I have deemed when in New Orleans you are supposed to walk around with a Margarita in your hand and sip deliciously like a Slurpee!
That evening I decided to get ready for the Ball, which was my highlight, to meet and greet and mingle with all the authors and attendees!
Gabrielle Faust, with Eternal Vigilance http://www.gabriellefaust.com/; Charlaine Harris, with the Sookie series, and Tru Blood http://www.charlaineharris.com/; SueQ, the organizer of the Vampire Events http://www.vampirelestatfanclub.com/, and the wonderful people from ISPR, Larry Montz, and Daena Smoller. http://www.ispr.net/
It was simply amazing to say the least for all the wonderful events and happenings in New Orleans over the Halloween weekend. I would just like to send a THANK YOU to all !
I guess I know where I will be next Halloween! Love NOLA!
Word by Word by Kory Stamper
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