Halloween in New Orleans

A house in the French Quarter decorated for Halloween

A house in the French Quarter decorated for Halloween

My traveling feet have carried me to many locations both exotic and not so exotic over the last several decades, but somehow they never got me to New Orleans. The city had been on my bucket list for some time and, given that apartments in the Big Easy get elevated rents if they are declared haunted and stories of Voodoo and ghosts is a huge part of the local lore, Halloween weekend seemed the perfect time for a visit. Especially since I’d been invited to ride on a float in the Krewe of Boo, the city’s official Halloween parade.

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Dancing in the Streets in New Orleans: Music Festivals and Much More

The Voodoo Music + Arts Festival happens every year on Halloween weekend in New Orleans

The Voodoo Music + Arts Festival happens every year on Halloween weekend in New Orleans

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is sing a happy tune, hop on a plane, and head to New Orleans, where major music is happening all the time. Everyone knows NOLA is the American city that dances the night away to live music—you’ll hear it played right on the streets of the fabulous French Quarter, in clubs in the Marigny, at hotspots in the Central Business District (CBD), in the Warehouse District, down on Magazine and Tchopitoulas streets, and literally everywhere you roam in this vibrant city.

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Hidden New Orleans

Hotel Le Marais’ charming courtyard and saltwater pool

Hotel Le Marais’ charming courtyard and saltwater pool

Everyone knows New Orleans, the craziest party-hosting, cocktail-drinking, convention-going, Mardi-Gras-Parading, jazz-music-playing, levy-bursting, Brad-Pitt-loving, most reputation-rebuilding city in the USA, especially right now. From Fat Tuesday to Ash Wednesday—OK, really between New Year’s and Easter—this is the place to be for Mardi Gras.

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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience in New Orleans

Celebrating Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans’ French Quarter, 2013

Celebrating Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans’ French Quarter, 2013

If celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans has always been a dream of yours, but you’ve never been quite sure whether it truly is as much fun as it sounds or is, instead, simply a mess of drunken college students acting stupid, then this is the story for you. (It’s as much fun, trust us, and read on.)

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The Bourbon Orleans: One of New Orleans' Best Hotels

Guestroom interior at the Bourbon Orleans

Guestroom interior at the Bourbon Orleans

With a legacy that is French, Spanish, Canadian, and English, New Orleans is the most European of North American cities. Its reputation for incredible food and warm hospitality is well deserved and extends to the gracious hotels that line the streets of the French Quarter, some more than 200 years old. One of the top 10 hotels in the city, according to TripAdvisor, is the delightful and historic Bourbon Orleans. Check out my experience during a recent stay there:

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