Contestants including Kiana Mashayekh of New York participate in the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest in Jackson Square in the French Quarter recreating the scene from the play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' set in New Orleans, which was made famous in the film adaptation starting Marlon Brando, to bring an end to the Tennessee Williams Festival /
New Orleans Literary Festival celebrating the work of the author in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 31, 2019. Photo by Matthew Hinton

☔Rain, rain go away, don’t you want to fest today?🌩

The weather the past week was gorgeous! Sunny skies, a little breeze. Oh, spring was here!

by Mary Staes | April 4, 2019

The weather the past week was gorgeous! Sunny skies, a little breeze. Oh, spring was here!

And then, it got cold. And now it’s miserable wet. It’s really putting a damper on our festival spirits, because IT IS TIME!


Food like a warm hug

You know what would pick up our mood? Food, good food, like the kind of food that picks you up after a long day and folds you into its layers. That’s just what we found this week at Red Dog Diner. Pimento cheese dip, sweet potato pancakes, and brisket hash omelet with grits. 🤤Yep, we’re drooling too. Click here to read more about this Uptown spot’s brunch.


We drink, and we know things.

Winter is here! OK, so it’s technically spring, but HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is coming back! 🙌The series has quite a few ties to New Orleans. In fact, its creator George R. R. Martin rode in Endymion for about a decade after making local friends at a New Orleans science fiction/fantasy festival. Like we learned in Season 1 — chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. This is an opportunity. Where will your ladder take you? We’ve got a list of spots hosting GoT events and watching parties, so you won’t be alone starting the beginning of the end of the series, because while the lone wolf dies, the pack survives. 🐺


We could all use a good laugh

In the midst of this terrible weather, laughter is probably the best medicine. Lots of local companies got in on April Fool’s Day jokes, with mood-changing crawfish colors and 🤢hot dog water bath bombs. We pulled the best of the bunch to turn that rainy day frown upside down. 🙃


What To Do


National Burrito Day | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Felipe’s Taqueria

No really. $5 Super Burritos. What more does this description need! FYI, the deal is happening at ALL of the Felipe’s locations.

Movies in the Park: “Hook” | 5 p.m. | Evans Playground

While critics may be split on the quality of this film, we think anyone not loving this is simply just a lewd, crude, rude bag of pre-chewed food, dude. It’s free, so bring the blankets, chairs and of course the little ones.


BlerdFest! | 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Algiers Auditorium

The two-part celebration is melanated nerds everywhere is having its first convention! During the day, an all-ages convention will take place, with Oscar-winning production designer Hannah Beachler as one of the guest speakers.

40th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Need ideas for your garden this season? Want expert advice on how to make those stubborn rosebushes bloom? Looking for new plants to adorn your front lawn? You can find all of that in the beautiful gardens at City Park.

Freret Street Festival | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.| Freret Street, between Napoleon and Valmont

More than 200 food, arts and crafts vendors will take to Freret Street for this outdoor fest. Performers include ChaWa, dance demonstrations by Nola Capoeira and Margie Perez.


Historic New Orleans Collection Block Party |1 p.m. – 5 p.m |500 block of Royal Street

To celebrate the grand opening of its new $38 million exhibition center, the HNOC is hosting a block party! Food vendors are cash-only. Musical performances include Bon Bon Vivant, and the Storyville Stompers Brass Band.

Downtown Super Sunday | Noon | Parade starts on Bayou St. John at Orleans Ave.

Downtown Super Sunday is one of the few days you can see Black Masking Indians outside Mardi Gras Day. This event is more of an organized parade than Uptown Super Sunday, but like most things having to do with Mardi Gras Indians, who’s in the procession and how fast it’ll go is a mystery.


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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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