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Star-Spangled Spectacular

Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in New Orleans



This long weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea will be celebrating the Fourth of July. We already know that NOLA is one of the best places in the country to throw down in the name of being free, and the city has a great many options for you to choose from this holiday weekend. Read on for NoDef's top picks in Orleans Parish. 


Farm to Pantry

The Best Farmer's Markets & Co-Ops in New Orleans



There are an endless number of reasons to buy local, especially in the Big Easy. The food tastes better and is higher in nutrients since produce has to travel a much shorter distance from the ground to your family’s table. Local food is also GMO-free, a quality many people now strive for in their food. Buying local-farmed produce also supports local farming families, helps build community, and preserves open space — which can quite the commodity around here. In New Orleans, locals are fortunate to have an array of famer’s markets and co-ops, all of which work closely with local growers and producers to bring the best they have to offer.

Check out the list below of the best (and tastiest) ways to support our local economy.


Veg Out

NoDef's Unofficial Vegan & Vegetarian Guide to New Orleans



After a month of meat-free Fridays, many of the Lenten faithful may be getting tired of the weekly fish frys around town. All of us here NoDef have known for a long time that vegetarians and vegans are pretty sexy, so why not take a few pointers from the herbivores around town and add some greens to your plate? 
 
NoDef is making it easy for you, outlining the best restaurants, diners, cafés, and hidden gems in New Orleans for each meal of the day. Check out the list below, and be sure to check back in as we continue to update the green scene in town. 

Altar-ed State

NoDef's Guide to St. Joseph's Day Parades & Altars



This weekend, as many New Orleanians toast to their Irish heritage and Mardi Gras Indians come out for Super Sunday, the city's considerable Italian population will be celebrating St. Joseph's Day. This day of religious observance honors Joseph, the earthly "father" of Jesus in the Bible. According to legend, St. Joseph saved the Sicilians from from famine by bringing rain to their crop fields; in exchange, the people threw a massive feast. NOLA's significant Sicilian population brough the tradition over many years ago, throwing parades and erecting altars with elaborate food spreads to commemorate the saint. 


Hurricane Helper

A Primer for Hurricane Season



Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday (6.01). That means that before we start thinking about the Saints, there is some work to be done. It’s time for federal agencies to issue forecasts, locals to stockpile water (as well as adult beverages,) and the tech savvy to download apps. NoDef offers this handy primer on the humid months ahead.


K10: The Big List

Event Listings for Storm & Flood Commemorations



Many New Orleanians are already tired of the ceremonies, op-eds, and panels marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the levee breach, and the subsequent Federal Flood. However, for those looking for more events to attend, NoDef compiled a list of them all. (Well, almost all. There are lots and we certainly missed some. So, leave us any additions in the comments section and our writers will update the list.) Click on through for details.


Bright Night: White Linen Guide


by Lucy Leonard

By now, you probably have your white linen outfit picked out and ready-to-go. But have you already mapped out your Whitney White Linen Night plan of attack? With attendance numbers nearing the 50,000 mark, this Saturday’s (8.1) event will be packed. You might want to decide ahead of time which galleries to check out and which restaurants are worth the wait. If you haven’t already figured all this out, don’t fear! NoDef has put together a comprehensive guide so that you can be totally prepared when the big night arrives. 


State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.01-7.15


Compiled by Michael Martin

Save for the fifth anniversary of Debauchery, Pat Bourgeois’ much-loved monthly soap opera parody, July is filled with all-new productions. The Princess and the Pea and Pinochio will entertain audiences of all ages. Shakespeare is well represented Uptown and a "sidewalk sale" at the Old marquer celebrates smaller works. Click through for complete listings.


Writers' Progress?

A Look at the New Orleans City Guide



I was taught that travel is a chore. There were only two purposes for it: to drown yourself in history or to drown yourself in relatives (ideally both). This principle was propagated largely by my mother, but my father espoused it, too. He knew, as well as my sisters and me, that he would not be fed or clothed if he did not. Like attending mass each Sunday, it was compulsory.


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