2021 Holidays New Orleans Model

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly announces details of the 37th Annual Holidays New Orleans Style (HNOS). A collaboration between FQFI and New Orleans & Company, HNOS is a collection of the city’s most famous traditions. Throughout the season, Holidays New Orleans Style Réveillon has celebratory dinners in over 25 of the best restaurants in town, nearly 40 special holiday events including the return of free live concerts from FQFI, Papa Noël discounts for affordable stays in the best hotels in town , and a shopping guide to help guide gift givers through the many options local businesses have to offer. The festivities begin on November 10th with the decoration of Jackson Square and last until January 6th, 2022 when the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc roams the French Quarter.

Just in time for the holidays, the city of New Orleans is sure to reopen so everyone can gather in the Christmas spirit. “We are very much looking forward to kicking off this 2021 season in a big way,” said Emily Madero, President and CEO of FQFI. “Last year, many of us couldn’t celebrate together. This Christmas season is going to be very special and we welcome our locals and visitors to make new memories by enjoying everything that Holidays New Orleans Style has to offer. “

“We haven’t had a vacation season like this in several years, and I know everyone is excited to spend it with their friends and families,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Take this time to shop and eat locally. All along, our local economy has suffered during the pandemic, so now is the time to give something back. I hope everyone enjoys this Christmas season, spreads the mood and stays healthy! “

“No other city offers what New Orleans does during the Christmas season, and we are excited to partner with FQFI to bring Holidays New Orleans Style to you,” said Mark Romig, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, New Orleans & Company. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our hotel industry – our partners in the restaurants, shops, the convention center, the city park, the cathedral and St. Anne, and our hotels – more than 40 with Papa Noel tariffs – to welcome locals and visitors equally, enjoy all they have to offer and win back business we have all missed. “

Dozens of activities are planned, with plenty of dining, shopping, and culture options throughout the season for all ages. Our youngest vacationers can enjoy events like Santa’s Pajama Party and Holiday Movies on the Mississippi. Welcome newcomers like WinterJAM include a 12-room exhibit that promises a fun photo experience for all ages with over-the-top Christmas decorations, while cherished traditional specials like the Algiers Bonfire and Celebration in the Oaks return to light up the nights. History lovers will appreciate the new virtual and personal art and garden tours that transform homes into winter wonderland. The sounds of the season will fill St. Louis Cathedral and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church with nine free performances including The Zion Harmonizers, Susan Cowsill, Vivaz and more during FQFI’s concert series. As the weeks progress, the excitement mounts with options for Hotel Hopping for the Holidays and Big Night New Orleans on New Year’s Eve.

Native New Orleans type restaurant raises funds for Hurricane Ida

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Southern hospitality and those who offer it always have something special about them.

“I was born and raised in New Orleans. I’ve lived there for 25 years, ”said Andrew Boyer, owner of NOLA on Jan.

Boyer picked up his draw after living in the 504 and later traded it for the 619. When he saw the devastation that Category 4 Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on his old turf, there was pain for Crescent City.

“I went back to Katrina and I was the devastation and I saw the heartache, basically the depression, and that kind of reminded me of it,” Boyer said.

He wanted to help after Ida swept his home state.

“I listen to my friends; we have no water, we have no electricity,” said Boyer.

So, Boyer’s Restaurant serves up jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and more from its New Orleans Comfort menu for charity.

“All items sold, we not just give the proceeds, we will give 50 percent of the sales to the Cajun Navy and the American Red Cross.”

NOLA on May 5th is making this Labor Day weekend appeal to all of their hungry customers looking for their own taste of bayou.

“We left Grace two weeks ago and we know how it was. And I know how influenced people are, ”said Ashley Renae, a customer. “So we wanted to come out, get good food and support them. “

“Any money we can give to help people would be fantastic,” said Jaqi Price, another customer.

It’s a sight that Boyer is overjoyed at. Proof that there is nothing a bowl of gumbo cannot fix.

“To see people who have no connection with Louisiana giving money and so we are here to eat, it is just touching. It just means that people really care, ”Boyer said.

NOLA said on the 5th that the fundraising effort will also apply to takeaway orders of their New Orleans Comfort Food. Customers can call them to place your order for a good cause.

They’re also doing a pass-the-pot event for the LSU game on Saturday to raise funds for their fundraising effort.

New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund to roll out grants for leisure venues on Monday

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Entertainment venues in the ‘Big Easy’ can apply for financial relief starting Monday 17th May.

The New Orleans Tourism and Culture Fund announced the start of a scholarship program that will provide $ 600,000 to fund musicians and artists struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants will be distributed to individuals and venues by June 30th or until funds are exhausted.


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Take pleasure in Artwork & Free Outside Leisure with “Evenings with Enrique,” Each Wednesday in April on the New Orleans Botanical Backyard

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – It’s back! Guests of all ages can enjoy historic outdoor sculptures, a guided tour of the garden, food and entertainment in the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) every Wednesday in April to celebrate the biannual “Evenings with Enrique. “This season’s series runs every Wednesday in April starting April 7th. Regular / Wednesday entry is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of the Helis Foundation every Wednesday throughout the year.

During “Evenings with Enrique”, NOBG will be sure to welcome visitors to the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets hanging from the branches of the living oak trees and enjoy music by local Latin American artists. You are invited to buy mojitos and groceries in the “kitchen in the garden”. Additional drinks can also be purchased.

The sculptor Enrique Alférez was a Mexican-American artist known for his Art Deco work. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can still be found across New Orleans, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and City Park. In October 2015, the NOBG unveiled the Helis Foundation’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-square-meter park with Alférez ‘sculptures on expansive footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

In addition to the special programs in the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden of the Helis Foundation, NOBG offers yoga on the lawn and meditation in the Japanese garden during the extended hours.

Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and must wear face covering.

WHEN: The New Orleans Botanical Garden extends its opening hours every Wednesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, and 28) until 8 p.m.

  • Free hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Special programming: 5pm – 8pm

WHERE: 5 Victory Avenue, City Park
Enter through the Oscar J. Tolmas building