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Floats, beads, king cakes, and plenty of adult beverages are all part of the Mardi Gras experience in New Orleans. However, one thing that has not been part of the fun and festivities is a tourism campaign. That’s all changing this year, as the state of Louisiana is throwing out some cash in hopes of getting a few more visitors to check thing out.
For those who are interested we’re a little more than two weeks away, as the festivities reach their finale on Tuesday, March 4. So even if you don’t have plans to attend—there’s still time to change things.
The third annual Buku Fest is bringing more art, electronic, and experimental music to The Big Easy this year with an extended lineup, a new fourth stage, and a VIP hangout on a 3-level riverboat.
The 2014 BUKU Music + Art Project, taking place at New Orleans' Mardi Gras World on March 21st & 22nd, will feature performances by The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Pusha T, Phantogram, ScHoolboy Q, Thundercat, Big Freedia, Ellie Goulding, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Zeds Dead, among others.
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Today the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced its 2014 music lineup, including Eric Clapton, Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Arcade Fire, which prompted music fans around the world to start making plans.
Once again hundreds of musicians and fans will descend on NOLA's Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the festivities on April 25-27 and May 1-4.
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If you're going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans next month, why not balance out all of that debauchery with some more meaningful volunteer work?
Hands Up Holidays is offering an 8-day volunteer trip to New Orleans that includes refurbishing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, sorting out clothing donations at a homeless shelter, or teaching computer skills to the unemployed.
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By now, your Halloween costume should be packed away for another year. If you don't want to let go of the spooky holiday just yet, however, the hot television show American Horror Story - Coven is just gearing up for another adventure of the supernatural kind. This time all of the witchcraft action is set in one of America's eeriest cities, New Orleans.
While some of the buildings are re-purposed as sets of the show, a few actually have stories behind them. For example, Madame Lalaurie's House of Horrors is actually known as the Lalaurie Mansion, named after its original owner with a similarly sordid history. Thus, the tour company Roadtrippers has put together a self-guided tour for American Horror Story fans heading for Nola. The AHS tour is fully mapped out with details of each stop already pinned. If you're not that creative to workout your own roadtrip, you can browse the list of recommendations.
On a recent Delta flight Ryan Reynolds learned that even celebrities aren't immune to the bad behavior of their fellow passengers.
According to the Daily Mail, on October 13 Reynolds was flying with his wife, Blake Lively, from New York City to New Orleans, where he is filming the movie Selfless. It was on that flight he was hit with a not-so-pleasant surprise.
It’s been some time since we got to talk about a new airline, and that’s probably because they just never seem to start flying—we’re looking at you PEOPLExpress. Anyway, there’s a new carrier coming to town, as Elite Airways, a charter carrier based up in Maine, looks set to expand within the next few months, offering service to and from Louisiana.
Obviously there’s still a lot to be decided and plenty of cash to be raised, but it seems that airline officials have a general idea of how to get this new venture up into the air.
Plenty of travelers head and to and through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport each and every year, and that’s especially the case when events like the Super Bowl and Final Four take place in town. Airport officials realize that the place could use even more upgrades and improvements, so they’re thinking about throwing down $650 million to spruce things up.
The plans aren’t just for new restaurants and shops—the airport just got those—as this new plan calls from an entirely new terminal built on the north side of the existing airport.
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Craig Ferguson is bringing The Late Late Show to New Orleans this week where he'll film two special episodes leading up to the Super Bowl, and you can be part of the audience.
Both episodes will be taped on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Jackson Square. The first show will be filmed at 6:30 PM, the second will begin at 8:00 PM. To attend, you must be over 18, where nice casual clothes, and be prepared to be outside for the duration of the taping.
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When it comes to cool airport names, we’ve got to say that Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has to be one of the best. Starting this week the airport is going to be the gateway to this year’s Super Bowl, as visitors—and media—from around the globe head to the city to check out the pregame festivities, which probably have already begun. Thankfully the airport is more than prepared for the influx of visitors, as they just cut the ribbon on a bunch of new restaurants and shops over at MSY.
In total there’s around eight new restaurants and other spots to grab a bite to eat in the recently renovated airport, and that’s good news for hungry travelers heading to town. New Orleans has invested around a billion bucks on upgrades and improvements in advance of this year’s big game coming to town, and the airport advancements are just one piece of the spending.
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If your team is still alive and kicking during this year’s National Football League playoffs—congratulations—our team hasn’t made it to the postseason in years. There are still a couple more games to be played, as the lineup for this year’s Super Bowl down in New Orleans isn’t set as of yet. However, it’s never too soon—or too late—to start planning on attending this year’s big game.
There’s playoff packages and ticket deals all over the internet up for sale, but for some reason the offerings by Costco just seemed like a good option as well as kind of funny. They’ve got gallons of mayonnaise, socks and underwear in bulk, and now they have tickets, hotel packages, and everything else you need for a weekend at the game.
The Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will take place on November 30 - December 2, just in time to pick up a few Christmas gifts for the geeks in your life.
The con is going down at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and, along with dozens of comic vendors, will feature celebrity appearances, signings, panels, and more.
Among the highlights are a Star Trek: Next Generation Reunion and appearances by Eliza Dushku, Stan Lee, and cast members from The Walking Dead.
There are still tickets available for New Orleans Comic Con. One day tickets start at $35, 3 day advance passes are $70. For more information, visit wizardworld.com.