New Orleans—Always Something Going On

New Orleans is a special place, a unique place.

Music is part of life here, not just a performance. It is everything and everywhere. Owners Marti and Betty-Carol "support live music," as local posters encourage one to do, and are happy to share what they have learned and where to hear the music. And when you are not listening to music, and sometimes when you are, there is always eating (advice about what to eat and where to get it is freely available at the B and B, based on far too much experience).

New Orleans is always having a "special event"—at least one a month, often more. There is Jazz Fest (the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to be formal), seven days of virtually nonstop music on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May at the Fairgrounds. The French Quarter Festival in mid-April features New Orleans musicians and New Orleans food, in and around Jackson Square. The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival at the end of March offers panels of Southern writers—gay, mystery, literature, playwrights, history, the "Stella and Stanley" shouting contest, booksellers, and a great closing tea party. "Southern Decadence" happens in late August and Voodoo Fest is in October, close to Halloween, which is always in a class by itself. Ladyfest, which happens over four days in the fall, highlights New Orleans women musicians from singers to drummers. The Christmas season sees bonfires on the bayou, candlelight caroling in Jackson Square, a fantasyland light display in City Park, and revillion suppers. And of course there is Mardi Gras, with parades and other festivities start many weeks before Fat Tuesday itself. These are just a few of the "special events" that attract visitors. The Crescent City offers many diversions at any time. It is a real City with urban pleasures and urban problems too, rich in its mix of peoples and cultures.

At Bywater B & B we always have the latest local publications to help guests find the obvious and the more hidden of local pleasures.