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Turkey Trot: Bayou Classic Parade Route

Mardi Gras is early this year, but for those who can not wait until February 9th, there will be plenty of floats, throws, and bands on Turkey Day! The Annual Bayou Classic Parade will roll from the SuperDome to the French Market on Thursday (11.26) from 3:3op.m. until 5:30p.m.

Today In NOLA 11.19.15

Today in Nola, the French Market is getting in the holiday spirit with their annual French Market Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Mutilated is hitting the stage at the Contemporary Arts Center, and Ogden After Hours will host T’Monde. In music news, The Main Squeeze and Hipnosis will jam at Tipitina’s. Back on this day in 2006, Drew Brees was setting the sixth highest throwing yard record of 510 yards during a loss to the Bengals at the Dome. Now, more for today.

River Song

Down River Fest Returns

Rum and sugar are not just for tiki drinks in New Orleans this week. The combo will provide a theme for the Down River Festival. For the third year, the fest will be returning to the French Market and the Old US Mint on Saturday (9.12).

Balancing Act

Waiters & Bartenders Race on Decatur on Sunday

The pros say the trick is to never look at the tray. This Sunday (7.12), waiters and bartenders from across New Orleans will test this theory at the French Market Bartender and Waiters Race as a part of citywide Bastille Day celebrations. Waiters races are a Parisian tradition that have spread world wide. 


Creole Tomato Fest in Photos

Photos by Andres Delmonte

The French Market was once again filled with South Louisiana's native cuisine this weekend. Thousands descended on the historic arcade for the Creole Tomato Festival this weekend. Despite some showers, the crowds two-stepped to the live music, enjoyed the eats, and drank some Louisiana libations. Andres Delmonte caught it all on camera. 

Tomato Fun

Creole Tomato Festin' in the French Market

This weekend (6.13-6.14), if the typical tomato just won’t cut it, head over to the 29th annual Creole Tomato Festival. The free festival, which takes place at and around The French Market, showcases the Louisiana-specific tomato not to mention lots of music.

Market Fare

A Look Into the Growing Farmers' Scene at the French Market

Strolling through the French Market, one can be forgiven for not remembering the era when locals would fill the covered arcades, hundreds of people seeking out their groceries for the day and just as many vendors filling in the stalls. That history began more than two hundred years ago, after all. The open air market has not been populated by farmers and fishers since the 1970’s. Instead, entering at North Peters and Barracks Streets, one can find ten dollar sunglasses and hats, maybe a fleur-de-lis stamped here and there, or names calligraphic onto a grain of rice. But the times, they are changing. Walk a little further and now you might discover a farmer selling actual rice.

You Say Tomato...

Creole Tomatoes From the Roots Up

As the annual Creole Tomato Festival approaches, you might be asking yourself: what exactly is a Creole tomato? If you are wondering this, you are not alone. George Lafargue Jr., owner of George’s Produce, sat down with the Defender to talk tomatoes and what exactly makes a Creole tomato special. 

Farmers' Fete

Local Produce Trending at the French Market (Photos)

The Crescent City Farmers Market has taken to the streets of the French Quarter on Wednesday’s for the past few weeks. Located inside the French Market between Barracks and Governor Nicholls, it is open from 2-6p.m. every Wednesday. From local fresh produce to pastured meats, seafood, dairy, breads and baked goods, preserves, honey, pasta sauces, tapenade, fresh flowers, garden herbs and more. It’s a great new source of fresh eats for Quarter dwellers, locals and visitors alike! 

French Connection: Bastille Day Fete, in Photos

Photos by Brandon Robert

Monday (7-14) marks Bastille Day, but L'Hexagone's American sister New Orleans celebrated the French national holiday all weekend. The choice to hold one of the city's largest celebrations in the Spanish Market instead of the French Quarter appeared to be a nod to the many layers of the Crescent City's history. But on Saturday (7-12) itself, the Bastille Day Fete remained distinctly Francophone. Fest-lovers gathered for music, French food and the annual French Dog Contest, which crowned the Most Jules Verne. And, there was a mime. Brandon Robert was onhand to capture the celebration.

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