New Orleans Part 1 – Jazzfest and Sightseeing

I mentioned that I went to New Orleans last weekend. It was great!! I’m splitting this up into two posts – the second one is just going to be about food. I was hoping to schedule the two posts when I got back on Sunday but I blew a tire on I10 setting my get-home time back a couple hours.

Anyway. We stayed in a hotel close to the French Quarter, so the first day we got there we spent a couple of hours working, but then headed out to do some exploring that evening.

 

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Friday at Jazzfest was pretty miserable, honestly. It was cold and grey and the entire place was one giant mud pit:

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That’s just an example of one stage. Almost everyone was going barefoot or had rain boots. I was so glad I grabbed a hooded windbreaker to take with me! I haven’t really gone to a music festival like this so I had some basics like sunscreen, bug spray, and a pair of old shoes but I totally wished I had brought more clothes. And maybe like a pair of yoga pants or something to wear on the grounds.

But Saturday was beautiful. We walked around the city a little in the morning, and then headed back to Jazz Fest in the afternoon.

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Congo square inside Armstrong Park was once a meeting place for slaves, and was later the site of the first Jazz Festival.

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New Orleans has a lot of really rich history, and it they don’t call it the “Jazz and Heritage Festival” for nothing.

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The crowds were so big that I heard several of the big acts but didn’t see hardly any of them. Which was sort of fine with me. It’s interesting too because I think Jazz Fest is really about hearing the music – people bring chairs and set up outside of the big Jazz, Blues, etc tents. It’s clear they can’t see the stage, but they can still hear.

This a shot of the crowd for Fleetwood Mac:

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Overall, it was a really interesting city. Bourbon street is quite the site to see at all hours of the day. It was well worth the 5-ish hour drive I think. Come back tomorrow for a post about the food!

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