Southern Decadence 2016 in New Orleans

Southern Decadence 2016 in New Orleans

New Orleans has pride for a lot of things, and one of those is Southern Decadence – the “Gay Mardi Gras” held in the French Quarter every Labor Day weekend. In 2016, the Southern Decadence festivities will start Wednesday, August 31st and go on until Monday, September 5th. Southern Decadence brings an around-the-clock party to the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, at the corner of Bourbon St. and St. Ann in the French Quarter, just steps from our LGBTQ+ friendly New Orleans hotel. Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter The most notable day of this five day experience is Sunday, September 4th, when around 120,000 people come out to watch the Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter. This year’s parade will start at 2:00 pm at the Official Home of Southern Decadence, the Golden Lantern Bar. With outrageous outfits, spectacular floats, and rainbow flags flying high, Southern Decadence is more spectacular than any gay parade you have seen before. Spend Southern Decadence at Hotel Monteleone Some of the best DJs from all over the nation come to to town keep the celebration going. This year’s Southern Decadence festivities will feature Jeffrey Palmquist, Felicia Phillips, Tony Leggio and Derek Penton-Robicheaux. Share in the Pride and come to the 43rd Southern Decadence in New Orleans. Whichever letter of LGBTQ+ you represent, or if you’re a straight ally, this a great reason to come visit New Orleans, and we promise it won’t disappoint. Need to book a New Orleans hotel for Southern Decadence? Hotel Monteleone is just steps from all the action, and our gay-friendly French Quarter hotel provides a perfect sanctuary when you’re...
2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

It’s hard to beat fall in New Orleans. The weather is gorgeous, the windows are open, and plenty of incredible festivals make their debut, offering a chance to soak up even more of the wonderful fall weather. In order to help you plan your fall visit to the Big Easy, here is preview of the upcoming fall festivals in New Orleans set for autumn 2016: Eat Up: New Orleans Festivals for Foodies New Orleans is a mecca for food lovers, and there’s no better time to indulge and imbibe than in the fall. First up is the Louisiana Seafood Festival (September 2-4), a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies! The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood, whether it’s oysters, crawfish, or shrimp – this is the festival for you. Two brand-new food-themed festivals make their debut this fall in New Orleans: the Fried Chicken Festival (September 25) and Beignet Fest (October 8). Meanwhile, local favorite Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (October 23) moves a month earlier than its traditional date to take advantage of October’s beautiful weather. Just blocks away from the Hotel Monteleone, enjoy the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16) at Lafayette Square in the CBD. Featuring two stages of incredible live music, delicious barbecue, and an entry price of $0 – this is an event worth bookmarking! Also nearby and equally enjoyable is the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November 12-13), which takes place in Louis Armstrong...
COOLinary Takes Over for the Month of August

COOLinary Takes Over for the Month of August

The menus and participating restaurants might differ, but year after year, COOLinary New Orleans offers up the same delicious idea: for the whole month of August, diners can enjoy generous two- and three-course meals for unbeatable prix fixe prices all over the city. Whether you choose a two-course lunch option or a three-course brunch or dinner option, you’ll indulge in some of the best food in New Orleans at a fraction of the normal price. You can find the whole list of restaurants here. Need help deciding on where to start? Take a look at some of our recommendations for COOLinary, outlined by meal. Lunch Midday hunger comes on strong, but usually we combat it with fast food, protein bars, or other fast eats. Criollo: This Creole-fusion restaurant is located right inside of our hotel. For just $20 you can enjoy your choice of appetizer & entrée or entrée & dessert; choose from appetizers like balsamic marinated Ponchatoula strawberries and flavorful entrees like grilled free range airline chicken breast. Unlike many COOLinary lunch offerings, this one includes dessert, too! We’re partial to the Mile High Parfait with raspberry sauce. Grand Isle: Utilizing fresh Gulf seafood and seasonal ingredients, Grand Isle in the Central Business District is just blocks from our hotel and is another solid option. Try the stuffed boudin balls and the crawtator crusted drum… although the gumbo braised garlic and herb stuffed pork shoulder roulade is equally as delicious. Commander’s Palace: The martinis at lunch are just 25 cents. Need we say more? Dinner For $39, you can eat like a COOLinary king or queen with three-course meals: Johnny Sánchez: Come...
New Orleans Red Dress Run 2016

New Orleans Red Dress Run 2016

Sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a self-proclaimed “drinking club with a running problem,” the annual Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans is another of those uniquely New Orleans fun events that doubles as a fundraiser. It is open to men and women alike, and though the concept originated as a charitable event to raise money for breast cancer research, it donates its proceeds to other charities as well. 2016 Red Dress Run This year’s run takes place on Saturday, August 13th. The run is usually between 3 and 4 miles (no one clocks it exactly) and participants start assembling, registering and drinking(!) at 9:00 a.m. There is live music before and after the race which begins at 12:30 p.m. Participation is open to anyone over 21 “who has a good sense of humor and realizes that August in New Orleans is HOT!”  Wearing a red dress (or less!) is an absolute requirement. What you get for your participation is “Beer, Food, Music, Giveaways, and stories to tell your kids.” Don’t have a red dress? Don’t worry. The HHH Haberdashery will be more than happy to fit you for one, and chances are they have one just your size among their fabulous selection of outlandish clothing items. The New Orleans Hash House Harriers (in shorthand, also known as NOH3) is one of the many clubs and organizations in New Orleans whose main purpose is to have fun, celebrate the city’s unique joie de vivre (joys of life) and raise money for worthy causes. Its members love to dress up in outlandish costumes, consume alcoholic beverages...
August at a Glance: 5 Must-Do Events

August at a Glance: 5 Must-Do Events

Think August is slow? Think again. In New Orleans, higher temperatures and longer days don’t discourage us from our usual festivities. In fact, August features several events worth penciling into your calendar. Here’s the scoop: Puppy Happy Hour If you love creative cocktails and adorable dogs, this event is for you. Hotel Monteleone is teaming up with the Louisiana SPCA to raise money for the group with the annual Puppy Happy Hour at the Carousel Bar and Lounge. Those who donate to the LASPCA will be entered into a raffle to win a one-night staycation at Hotel Monteleone with dinner for two at Criollo, a bar tab at the Carousel Bar & Lounge, or two VIP Brewmaster passes to the Louisiana SPCA’s annual beer festival NOLA on Tap on September 24th 2016. While the event is for two legged patrons only, there will be adoptable dogs onsite to play with and reserve for adoption. You can donate onsite or online: www.la-spca.org/carouselbar. White Linen Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., Julia Street in the Warehouse District becomes a catwalk for patrons wearing all white. White Linen Night is when New Orleanians (and visitors) stroll along Julia Street and admire works of art from local galleries while dressed in all white. A pure-white outfit isn’t required, but dressing the part is definitely encouraged. There will also be food, drinks, and live entertainment on hand to give the evening a festive feel. Dirty Linen Night The following weekend, Dirty Linen Night takes over in the French Quarter on Saturday, Aug. 13 at  6 p.m. This arts event is similar to White...
Carousel Bar Summer Cocktail Recipes

Carousel Bar Summer Cocktail Recipes

If there’s one thing New Orleans is almost universally known for, it is our passion for alcoholic beverages. And while some might be satisfied with the obscenely sugary drinks Bourbon Street has to offer, others are insistent on creating and testing only the finest cocktails. The Hotel Monteleone’s world famous Carousel Bar & Lounge has been a beacon for cocktail connoisseurs since its opening in 1949. With famous drinks like the Vieux Carre and the Fleur De Lis, the Carousel Bar remains a coveted destination for alcohol experts and enthusiasts alike. Below are some of our most tried and true summer cocktail recipes that we proudly share with the public: Death Valley Cocktail Recipe With Purple and Pink coloring, this drink is inspired by our local college favorite, the LSU Tigers, and their home stadium, which is popularly known as Death Valley. Made with a healthy dose of citrus vodka, raspberry liquor, and Crème de Violet, this fruity spritzer packs a sweet punch. This beverage is perfect for an early morning college football game viewing—GEAUX TIGERS! Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Citroen ½ oz. Bols Black Raspberry Liquor ½ oz. Crème de Violet 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice ½ oz. Simple Syrup 2–3 oz. Club Soda Recipe Build in a 12 oz. cocktail glass. Roll in a Boston Shaker to mix and garnish with a fresh lemon wedge. Diablo Cocktail Recipe A dance with this sweet devil is sure to please all tequila enthusiasts. Perfectly mixed with a black raspberry liquor, the distinctive reposada tequila adds a flavor that can’t be ignored. Rest assured that while this drink...