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Cathedral Christmas Concerts Commence


In New Orleasn, music is religion. And once a year, that mantra becomes a littlle more literal. Christmas New Orleans Style's holiday concerts in the St. Louis Cathedral begin again tonight (12.1) and continue though December 20th.


Decision Day

SCOTUS Legalizes Marriage for All, NOLA Celebrates



In a landmark decision this morning (6.26), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling, which makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all states, was won with a 5-4 majority. In the wake of the historic decision, many New Orleanians will celebrate tonight at the Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality at Jackson Square. 


Anti-Crime Rally Set for Twelfth Night


Public concern over crime in New Orleans has exploded over the past year. Citizens first created signs and stickers to voice their opinions. On the Twelfth Night (1.06), one group is planning to voice their fear at a rally in Jackson Square from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.


A Christmas Carol


Christmas is days away and New Orleans is ready. Houses glow with festive lights, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, and Douglas Firs have usurped Palms for a few weeks. Tonight, the final piece will flaunt place when thousands gather in Jackson Square for the Patio Planters’ annual caroling.


Cathedral Concerts Kick Off


Holiday time is perfect for music. Sometimes, the temperature is bit too cold for caroling, and New Orleanians must find their yuletide inside. Starting tonight (12.1,) Christmas New Orleans Style will be warming the souls and the ears of locals with their annual month-long concert series at St. Louis Cathedral.


Rally for Love

New Orleanians Protest Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Ban



Following yesterday’s court decision in favor of upholding a state ban on same-sex marriages, LBGTQ Louisianans and their allies continue to voice their demands for equality. Forum for Equality hosted a protest rally in protest in Jackson Square today. NoDef was on the scene with photographs and quotes from speakers.


Anti-Abortion Protest

Operation Save America Holds 'Wake' in Jackson Square



Even though it's not Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence, conservative Christian protesters from out of town are in New Orleans this week. A series of protests are being run by a national anti-abortion organization called Operation Save America. The latest public demonstration took place Tuesday (7-22) morning in Jackson Square, where the group held a wake for an aborted fetus.


Artistic License

For 2nd Week in a Row, Artists Camp Out at City Hall for Permits



Artists who sell their wares on Pirate's Alley moved their setups to Duncan Plaza for the first part of this week. For the second time in as many weeks, the artists are camped out at City Hall to purchase vendor permits. Many of the artists have been camping out since Sunday afternoon. But it's not the first time they ventured to City Hall in hopes of securing permits.


Playing with Fire

Pyrotechnics Expert Talks NYE Fireworks: History, Evolution and More



New Year’s Eve is a unifying celebration, with people all over the world coming together through shared drunkenness, countdowns, and fireworks. Pyrotechnic expert Jesse Veverka talks to NoDef about the history of the explosive show stoppers, and about their evolution.   


Christmas Concerts Return to St. Louis Cathedral


The holidays and church go hand-in-hand, but in the case of St. Louis Cathedral's December series, the union is in the service New Orleans' other higher power. Once again, exalted sounds and environs come together for a series of Christmas concerts in the sanctuary of the Jackson Square wonder. Click through for the full schedule:


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