Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Orleans on Superbowl Sunday... and Any Other Day

New Orleans on Superbowl Sunday... and Any Other Day

It's Superbowl Sunday 2013! I don't watch the Superbowl, but have to mention it because this year, 2013, it takes place in one of my favorite cities--New Orleans.

If New York is the Big Apple, New Orleans is the Big Easy, the city of vampires and legends, the city of Ann Rice, of fabulous food, of Mardi Gras and, this year, of the Superbowl. New Orleans, or Crescent City, is sometimes called City of the Dead, thanks to the related vampire legends and stories.

This year's Mardi Gras falls on February 12th. While Mardi Gras parades have already started, they will pause for Superbowl week only to resume on February 6th.

There is more to say about New Orleans, also referred to as NOLA, so let's take a look at this wonderful city:


New Orleans: City Scape. Photo Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
New Orleans: Jackson Square Park. Photo Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

On the streets on Crescent City one may meet people posing at statues at the corner of the street. This man was sitting on a newspaper box, just off Jackson Square.
Man dressed in costume on New Orleans Streets. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Man/People posing as statues on the streets of New Orleans. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.

Cajun food at the market in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Cajun Canned Food at NOLA farmers markets. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
New Orleans is known for its fantastic food. Here are a few jars of hot Cajun (pickled) eggs at a Crescent City farmers market. Cajun Canned Food at NOLA farmers markets. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
A visit at the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, just outside Crescent City:

Old Fashion Phone at NOLA Distillary. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Who knows what this is? A picture of an old fashion phone at NOLA's Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

NOLA Distillary-NEW New Orleans Rum bottles and testing glasses. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
It was an interesting visit, the distillery visit. They offer spiked iced-tea upon arrival (five kinds, too) and as many when you are ready to leave. You can order their famous rum on the way out. NOLA Distillery-NEW New Orleans Rum bottles and testing glasses. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Tour bus throughout the entire Crescent City, including the Lower Ninth Ward:

Ruins of houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina were still there, as were new houses, under constructions, built to ease evacuation during a hurricane or other natural disasters.


Ward Nineth in NOLA. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ward Ninth in NOLA. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. (picture taken from a moving bus, while touring the other parts of NOLA)

The Lower Ward Nineth: house remains after hurricane Katrina. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald
The Lower Ward Ninth: house remains after hurricane Katrina. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.

The statue of Joan d'Arc at an intersection in Crescent City:


New Orleans' cemeteries are famous. They are cities themselves, though locals advise to visit only during the day and don't stray too far from the group or main gate.


New Orleans Cemeteries. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Angel statue by an iron cross in New Orleans famous cemeteries. Cemetery photography by Alina Oswald.
New Orleans Cemeteries. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Rows and rows of graves in NOLA famous cemeteries. Cemetery photography by Alina Oswald.

Walking from Treme to French Quarter, along Louis Armstrong Park, I spotted two dogs quite interested in whatever was going on inside the park.

Two dogs on NOLA Street, peeking through the fence at Louis Armstrong Park. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Curious Pair: Two dogs on NOLA Street, peeking through the fence at Louis Armstrong Park. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Mardi Gras Time: Parade Reflections. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Mardi Gras parades start way before Fat Tuesday. I caught one on Canal Street, going back to the hotel. Mardi Gras Pre-Season: Parade Reflections. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.


Young woman dressed up in costume and mask waves from a pre-Mardi Gras Parade on Canal Street, New Orleans. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Young woman dressed up in costume and mask waves from a pre-Mardi Gras Parade on Canal Street, New Orleans. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald.
Mirror Reflections: Mardi Gras Beads. New Orleans photography by Alina Oswald.
Mirror Reflections: Mardi Gras Beads. New Orleans photography by Alina Oswald.


Mardi Gras Masks & Colors. Mardi Gras Photography by Alina Oswald.
Mardi Gras Masks & Colors. Mardi Gras Photography by Alina Oswald.


Mardi Gras lace ribbons decorate a lamp post on the corner of Royal Street, New Orleans. New Orleans photography by Alina Oswald.
ROYAL: Mardi Gras lace ribbons decorate a lamp post on the corner of Royal Street, New Orleans. New Orleans photography by Alina Oswald.
Note: If you visit New Orleans and are interested in taking a Ghosts and Vampires Tour at night in the French Quarters, check out the phenomenal Lord Chaz! He is absolutely fantastic and you'll be in for a real (vampire-ish) treat!

So... are you ready for Mardi Gras? I'm sure you are set for this Sunday.

Thanks for visiting!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS