Saturday, April 09, 2005

It's Festival Time!

This is one of the best times of year for our area. With good weather and festivals galore there is no reason to stay inside. If you are within driving distance of Pontchatoula, go to the Louisiana Strawberry Festival. The fried strawberries alone are worth the trip!

If however, you are not berry bound then make sure to check out the French Quarter Festival. Parking problems aside, it is a fantastic event. Tons of great food, drinks and local music right out on the streets. We'll be heading down there ourselves with the kiddos around lunchtime.

A few tips from experience:

Parking can be a huge hassle. Watch for where you park so that your car isn't towed or ticketed before you return. Or, like us park in a lot and, waste ten bucks just to not drive around for an hour looking for a space.

Take a look at the layout and figure out where you want to go first, especially if you have kids in tow. Know where you want to go and what you want to see ahead of time. It can get very crowded and kids as we all who have them know, are very impatient beings. Dress for warm weather and don't forget the sunscreen.

The French Quarter Festival is free and supports itself via vendors of fine food and craft. So, please don't take any coolers or ice-chests, but do take a bottle of water and snacks for the kids. The lines can be a lot longer than little legs can stand.

Relax, have fun, and enjoy one of the best local events in New Orleans!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or do like us and pay the $10 yesterday and still drive around for a half-hour looking for a spot. The lot next to the the Jax Brewery was just about full and you had to stalk pedestrians to see if they were heading for their car. Still, we had a great time.

Rob
CrabAppleLane

1:16 PM  
Blogger Harmony St. Charles said...

Sounds right! We made it to the exact lot you were in just as they were cutting off the line. Found a spot quick enough but the trek through the crowds more than made up the difference.Oh,and forgetting that they moved ALL the food into Jackson Square. We walked all the way through Royal and Bourbon before relizing our goof. :P The crawfish crepes made it all better though!:)

7:20 PM  

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