Cruisin’ the Crescent

Roots co-founder Derrick Tabb, Beth Abramson, Jennifer Walner, event emcee Mike Hoss and Laney Chouest

These past few months the United States has had a slew of celebrations, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and now the New Year. I am excited to celebrate the New Year here in New Orleans, and why not? This past year Travel + Leisure ranked us “America’s Favorite City to Visit.” When looking back on the article, the frontrunners that catapulted us to earn this title were the obvious: our food, our music and our people. However, I was amused to read another reason this honor was bestowed on us: “New Orleans always has something to celebrate.”

We don’t go a month without a notorious celebration, and “observe,” “proclaim” and “perform” are all synonyms for celebrate. After the New Year we observe the Sugar Bowl, Rex proclaims Mardi Gras and we host several musicians to perform at Jazz Fest. We squeeze all this in before we get into partying at spring charity events and the rejoicing of nuptials at summer weddings. In New Orleans we always have something to celebrate, from dogs in costumes at Barkus to our best white linen on Julia Street, there’s never a lull. One trait you have to have if you live here? Stamina, which is something New Orleanians have in spades. As a group we energize each other for the next celebratory event.

Although we know we have a lot to celebrate in the coming year, 2013 was good to our city. We introduced the New Orleans Pelicans, hosted a Super Bowl and topped the Travel + Leisure polls. The United Kingdom gave birth to a new monarch but New Orleans gave birth to dozens – they just don’t know it yet. We don’t know what 2014 will bring to New Orleans, but there’s one thing that’s certain, it won’t be boring because we’re booked solid!

Lynn Morgan was certainly ready to celebrate, as this year marked her 30th anniversary selling real estate in New Orleans. Family and friends gathered for a party to honor Morgan’s milestone.

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