They call Louisiana the “Sportsman’s Paradise” because of its unique terrain of swamps, bayous and woodland, which provide the perfect landscape for hunting and fishing. Recently this motto has taken on an entirely new meaning – particularly in New Orleans. In 2012 alone we’ve hosted several sporting events including the Sugar Bowl, the BCS National Championship, the Final Four and the Zurich Classic. These events have attracted massive crowds to our city, and we welcomed them with open arms (well except maybe the Bama fans). I was lucky enough to actually go to most of these athletic match-ups and really enjoyed watching New Orleanians interact with our guests and each other.
I saw LSU and Bama fans scream vulgarities at each other; I watched Kentucky and Kansas fans wish each other luck; and I was privileged enough to observe golf fans get a glimpse of the 2012 Master’s Champion, Bubba Watson, who returned to New Orleans to play in the Zurich Classic as the 2011 reigning champion. It just happened to be that this tournament took place right after he received the coveted Green Jacket. What a treat for us!
As I stood on the third hole watching him tee off, I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the crowd from the one I saw on television at the Master’s. For one thing, everyone around me had a cold drink in one hand and hot boudin in the other. I was once again reminded of how amazing our community truly is: Where else can you watch a reigning Master’s Champion play golf and have the woman next to you offer you a sip of her daiquiri? Nowhere but here! Let us keep up the spirit, New Orleans, since we’re hosting the Super Bowl next year!
Excited guests arrived at the home of Jacquee and Bill Carvin for a crawfish boil to celebrate the engagement of Ginger Guzzetta and Pierre Touzet. The party goers giggled with delight when greeted by a giant papier-mâché crawfish, and all posed to take pictures with the crustacean. Majestic Soiree Planners turned the Carvins’ backyard into a swamp paradise with alligator figurines, twinkling lights and, of course, crawfish from Mr. Crawfish. A Cajun band serenaded the diners, and Abita beer was flowing to wash it all down. Everyone was ushered into the courtyard for dessert and was surprised with karaoke. The guests belted out tunes well into the evening. Everyone cheered as the bride- and groom-to-be got up and sang Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” It was truly a magical event.
Bride- and-groom-to-be Ginger Guzzetta and Pierre Touzet greeted by a giant crawfish.
It was a gorgeous night to celebrate the marriage of Kerry Milano to Mary Wyatt Hines. The reception was held in a tent in the bride’s parents yard and featured spectacular flowers and a mouth-watering menu.
1. Wedding guests Anne and King Milling enjoy the perfect weather at the Wyatt-Milano reception.
2. Old friends Will Ericksen, Brannan Geary and Courtney Stumm pose at the reception.
The local coffee industry gathered at the Lion’s Den for the annual Green Coffee Association Crawfish Boil. The event is held every year to keep importers, roasters, warehousers and trucking companies in touch. A raffle takes place to raise money for the organization during which many prizes can be won, among them Jazz Fest tickets, a Rex Proclamation and Bose speakers. Heading up the event was Green Coffee Association President Jude Toepher from International Coffee Company.
Matt Madary scoops crawfish for Janet Colley Morse and Allan “Barky” Colley.
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