Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vieux-to-Do...Part Deux with Camo

Good Mornin' Everybody....It's hot one out there, but not too hot to enjoy some music, food and fun!

Okay...I have to get this one on here first cause...I guess you want to go???  

At noon today starting up at Washington Artillery Park it's the Second Annual World Naked Bike Ride with 300 nude or (or partially nude) cyclists pedaling their way through the Quarter....The global network of nude biketivists "freedom" ride protests oil dependency and raises awareness of cyclists vulnerability..So even if you don't (or you do) want to see naked's definitely for a good cause!!

Also, going on today is the Broad Flea to benefit the Tulane Health Mobile...The flea market is located on the 300 block of N. Broad Street...and the fun starts up at 9:00 am and goes to 2:00 pm.  There's gonna be great food, music and fun...with Debauche Russian Maffia Band at 11:00 am!

Vieux-to-Do continues.............

The Creole Tomato Festival continues in the French Market from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and they're gonna have cooking demos which include presentations by local chefs from Bacco, Rouse's, Muriels Jackson Square, Seven on Fulton, Edible Schoolyard NOLA, and many others.  Free tomato tastings will be offered in Dutch Alley near George's Produce and at two places at the Farmers Market: near the music stage at Mother Nature's Cupboard and near the Ursuline entrance at French Market Produce.   New additions this year to the Festival include: an Arts Market at Dumaine Street sponsored by Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op and a kids activity area in Dutch Alley's Performance Pavilion (at St. Phillip Street).  Lectures about the origins of the Creole Tomato and the intersection of Louisiana food, music, and culture will take place indoors at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park on Saturday, June 12th at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. between brass band and ragtime musical performances.

Now we're on to the Louisiana Seafood Festival at the French Market!  The fest gets started up today at 11:00 am and celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, famous local chefs are cooking up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator. Mouth watering choices...grilled, boiled, fried and, bring your empty stomachs and fill up on some amazing food!!

Now that you've filled up on's time to dance at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at the U.S. Mint on the corner of Decatur and Esplanade!  Check out the line-up today and put on your dancin' shoes! 
Esplanade Street Stage:
10:45 am - 12:45 pm - Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Li'l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Tymers
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:30p.m. - 7:00 pm - Buckwheat Zydeco
Barracks Street Stage:
12:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Les Freres Michot
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Lost Bayou Ramblers

So what you gonna do after the tri-fest??

Of course, it's Camo Fest Three!!  Camo Fest defies description, but here you go...It's a pub crawl. It's a scavenger hunt. It's a way of life. The Fest has no political affiliation or aspirations or commentary to offer. Wear camo. Have fun. That's an order. Camo is mandatory. Cash is pretty much mandatory. The following are optional but helpful: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS, parade throws (beads, dog tags), cameras and cell phones.  The nearest bar to the rally point is The Alpine. Get a drink from there or bring your own to the start.  And don't forget No realistic looking weapons please!

And don't forget the 610 Stompers Inaugural Ball Crawl tonight!!  The 610 Stompers are a men’s dance team.  Their motto is “ordinary men, extraordinary moves.” They burst on the scene earlier this year with a mixture of good-natured fun and serious focus while amazing onlookers with their disco shorts and signature headbands.  An appearance during the Buddy D parade led to another in the Muses parade and a sensation was born.  This afternoon you can join the Stompers at their inaugural Ball Crawl.  It begins at Squeal BBQ on Oak Street at 4 PM and the parade winds around the Riverbend neighborhood before returning to Oak Street at 8 PM for the ball at the Maple Leaf featuring Groovesect!!

If you're looking for a little culture evening there are a couple art gallery openings this you can get your art on.  

Du Mois presents "cold drink" opening reception at 4921 Freret St. from 5:00 to 8:00 pm..Celebrate the warmth of summer with the printed form featuring 30 local and national artists, juried by Barbara Brainard and sponsored by Bayou Teche come enjoy a "cold drink" and the art!

It's the opening reception for "The Colors of Summer" at the Octavia Gallery, 4532 Magazine St.,  from 6:00 to 8:00 pm tonight....So join the gallery for some amazing artist and some cocktails tonight!

Well this should keep you busy today...for more fun stuff going on around our fair City check out the WWOZ Livewire...Have a great Saturday!!

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