Christy Lorio is a freelance writer and photographer. She's written for Ochsner Health Care, The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Bride Magazine and GoNOLA, among others. Christy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of New Orleans, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art. A Marrero native, Christy has resided Uptown for over 10 years.
Smaller neighborhood markets allow locals a safe alternative to the larger crowds we’ve grown accustomed to during a regular festival season and gives artists, pop up restaurants, and musicians a chance to earn an income after a long year of quarantine. Even as the city is opening up and restrictions are easing, the sense of community that these markets bring are sure to linger into the summer months ahead.
As the Red Beans Parade banner says, this year the “People Are King,” which is evident in the pageantry exhibited across town in the form of house floats, from Broadmoor to Bywater.