New Orleans Jazzfest With a Group of Hooligans

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Back in 1988, we went to the city of New Orleans to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. To our surprise, that weekend coincided with an event called The Jazz and Heritage Festival. We joined up with a group of my husband’s friends who had been attending for years and we were hooked. We went back annually and a few years later, when that group disbanded, we started inviting our friends and formed our own group. Since 1988, we’ve only missed 2 years (the years our 2 children were born.) This year was the 45th anniversary of the festival. and our 31st wedding anniversary.

Morning beignets
Morning beignets
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My husband, Scott, with his morning beignets in the Gospel Tent
Irma Thomas in the Gospel Tent
Irma Thomas in the Gospel Tent
Beignets and Iced Coffee
Beignets and Iced Coffee
Scott with his" breakfast of champions"
Scott with his” breakfast of champions”
Terrence Simian on the Congo Square Stage
Terrence Simian on the Congo Square Stage

I plan the trip for our group from start to finish. It includes group dinners, t-shirts, pre-trip packets, etc… We have only one rule and that’s “anything goes.”

Lenny Kravitz on the Acura Stage
Lenny Kravitz on the Acura Stage

Each day we begin by arriving at the festival grounds (a racetrack) at 11:00 AM when the event begins. We start by purchasing iced coffee and beignets at the Cafe Du Monde booth and then wandering into the Gospel Tent for a little spiritual beginning to our day. From there, we check the musical line up daily at the 12 stages to dance our way throughout the fair grounds. Since the event ends at 7:00 PM, we have enough time to graze through the southern delicacies at the 60 food booths like cochon de lait po boys and crayfish bread as we wander. My husband loves the cuban sandwich and the BBQ turkey leg with white beans and rice.

Crayfish Po Boy
Crayfish Po Boy
Cochon De Lait Po Boy, my favorite!
Cochon De Lait Po Boy, my favorite!
Paloma Faith came all the way from England to perform
Paloma Faith came all the way from England to perform
Congo Square
Congo Square
Marcia Ball, a local favorite, on keyboard
Marcia Ball, a local favorite, on keyboard
Trumpet Mafia in the Jazz Tent
Trumpet Mafia in the Jazz Tent
Tribute to Fats Domino
Tribute to Fats Domino
Matching T-Shirt Day for our Krewe at the Fest
Matching T-Shirt Day for our Krewe at the Fest
Parade with Mardi Gras Indians
Parade with Mardi Gras Indians
Parade with Mardi Gras Indian
Parade with Mardi Gras Indian
Wandering....
Wandering….
Vintage Trouble rocking the Gentilly Stage
Vintage Trouble rocking the Gentilly Stage
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Ironing Board Sam in the Blues Tent
Davell Crawford tribute to Fats Domino
Davell Crawford tribute to Fats Domino
Size matters? Gretchen and Scott
Size matters? Gretchen and Scott
Buddy Buy in the Blues Tent
Buddy Buy in the Blues Tent
Sir Elton John opens with "Funeral For a Friend" at the Acura Stage pleasing the crowd
Sir Elton John opens with “Funeral For a Friend” at the Acura Stage pleasing the crowd
Robert meeting Glen David Andrews after an inspirational set in the Blues Tent
Robert meets Glen David Andrews after an inspirational set in the Blues Tent
Me listening to Zydeco music at the Fais Do-Do stage
Me listening to Zydeco music at the Fais Do-Do stage
Deacon John sings it
Deacon John dances
Bonarama horns
Bonarama horns
J Monque D in the Blues Tent
J Monque D in the Blues Tent
Taking a break from dancing at the Acura stage
Taking a break from dancing at the Acura stage
Congo Square Krewe
Congo Square Krewe at Terrence Simian performance
No Doubt headlines the Acura Stage
No Doubt headlines the Acura Stage

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Christina and I chillin at Acura Stage after a long dance set
Christina and I chillin at Acura Stage after a long dance set
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Sculpture
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Jazzfest Art Booths

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When we want to take a break in the music we catch a parade or shop through the craft booths. since the event lasts 4 days, (3 days on the first weekend as well) we get ample time to relax, dance, eat, and soak up the spirit that can only be found in the Big Easy.

In my JOY
In my JOY


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5 comments

  1. Robin — So sorry to have missed Jazz Fest this year with you, Scott and all the other Hooligans! You are planner extraordinaire and your “JOY” makes the fest a not-to-be-missed experience for all. Until next year…. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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