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The rules of photographing second lines, according to a club member, a lawyer, and photographers

Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 By Dave Walker, communication specialist A New Orleans social aid and pleasure club parade offers an array of challenges to photographers attempting to capture the spirit of the procession. The photo subjects are in constant motion, animated by rumbling brass band rhythms. Smoke from food-vendor grills drifts through the air. Crowds of onlookers and second liners flow…

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May 25, 2021

What do you know about Economy Hall? The Jazz Fest tent’s namesake was once the “Carnegie Hall of jazz.”

Published: Friday, April 23, 2021 By Fatima Shaik, author of “Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood”   Editor’s note: This story is excerpted from the new book Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood by Fatima Shaik. Learn more about the book, or order your copy, here. “When you made Economy Hall, you was tops. It was just like you was playing at that big place . . . Carnegie Hall.”  —Musician George “Pops” Foster, interviewed by historian William Russell, 1958 Untold thousands have gathered under the Economy Hall tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to hear traditional local music, but how many have known the history behind the name? Economy Hall was the English translation for the meeting place of la Société d’Economie, a mutual aid association founded by successful free people of color in…

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May 10, 2021

Another Great 5 Star Tour Review

Brian H RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ TOUR: New Orleans City-Wide Private Driving Tour DATE: Mar 5, 2020 We had a great time with Michaela today. She took us all over New Orleans and explained various historic, entertaining, and architectural points of interest. She was VERY FRIENDLY AND VERY PERSONABLE. Our entire family thorough enjoyed our experience. GREAT JOB!! Guide Response Hi Brian,Thank you so much for the great review. I enjoyed spending the day with your amazing family. I hope to see you back in NOLA soon.Until next time,Michaela

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March 7, 2020

★★★★★ REVIEW 1/8/20

Jan 8, 2020 lex81 Perfect!  ★★★★★ TripAdvisor review: Michaela’s Private New Orleans Tours We were picked up at our hotel in a nice SUV on time by a really friendly and knowledgeable guide named Andrew. First thing he let us know is that we can customize the tour and go wherever we like, which was awesome because I had just learned about Marigny and Bywater being the place to go if you want to see shotgun houses and I was dying to see it. We also went through The Garden District and saw the highlights of its architecture and cemeteries, too. Andrew took us to Marigny and for the whole ride he narrated interesting tidbits and facts about the culture and history of New Orleans. He was also very conversational, too. The trip was great. We stopped at St. Roch’s…

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January 8, 2020

★★★★★ REVIEW – New Orleans Citywide Driving Tour 12/30/20

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ Review Tour: Date: Nov 23/19 Rosalie N “If you are looking for a guide that knows their NOLA History, plenty of pop culture fun facts, and treats you like you are truly part of her family, then Michaela is the guide for you! This is no exaggeration and the first tour we left wishing there was more time. We worked on our itinerary for almost a year with Michaela giving us her expert advice throughout the process. We hit all the spots on our list and then some. Should we find ourselves here again we would not hesitate to give Michaela a call.” TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So happy you and your mom enjoyed seeing NOLA. Have a great time on your cruise. I hope to see you back in Nola soon. Until next time….

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December 30, 2019

★★★★★ Review

Tour: History of New Orleans City & Cemetery Tour Date: Nov 2, 2019 Location: New Orleans, LA, United States Rating: ★★★★★ Took a girls trip to New Orleans for my birthday with two of my close friends. This was our first time using Tours by Locals and it was a wonderful experience. Andrew is very friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. He knew every answer to our questions about the city and more. We loved his tour and are so happy that we had him as our tour guide. You can really tell how much Andrew loves his city by the way he talks about it. His tour made our trip that much more memorable and fun! Loved it! Thanks Andrew! Dear Coreen, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this amazing review. I am so grateful  and thrilled that you ladies…

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December 11, 2019


Tales of the Cocktail This summer the worldwide cocktail community will descend on New Orleans once again as Tales of the Cocktail returns for its 16th year. The annual gathering that’s equal parts cocktail conference and family reunion will feature a spirited schedule of brand new seminars, tastings, competitions and networking events representing the latest the industry has to offer, all under the newly formed Tales of the Cocktail Foundation – a non-profit organisation that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in host communities. The 2018 conference will also feature special events planned to honour the tricentennial of New Orleans. WHEN 17-22 July WHERE Venues across New Orleans MORE INFO

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July 7, 2019

Summer Festivals in New Orleans

1. French Market Creole Tomato Festival When a favorite regional food comes back into season, honor it the NOLA way with a festival. Early June marks French Market Creole Tomato Festival, where you can stroll through the French Market and hear live music, indulge in a variety of Creole tomato-infused recipes, and check out a Creole tomato bloody mary market, cooking demos, kids’ activities, and more. Free. 2. NOLA Caribbean Fest June marks Caribbean Heritage Month and New Orleans celebrates with the annual NOLA Caribbean Fest. This four-day fest features authentic Caribbean eats, music, dancing and more. Special guest chefs, DJs and performers from a host of Caribbean countries come to show their pride and celebrate the colorful and vibrant heritage of the region. Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival 3. Cajun-Zydeco Festival This summer music fest is a particularly unique one,…

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May 22, 2019

Best Po-Boy in the City! Period!!

Enjoying a Roast Beef Po-boy with my two favorite boys!! Parasol’s, located in the Heart of New Orleans Irish Channel, on the corner of Constance and Third Street. Parasol’s is known for having the best Roast Beef, Shrimp, and Oyster Po-Boys in the city as well as some great New Orleans dishes and fried seafood plates. Parasol’s is ground Zero for one of the most Epic St. Patrick’s Day parties anywhere in the country. This place is a Must do for the off the beaten path traveler.

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February 23, 2019