It was that time of year again when the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas became an adult-only destination. Louisiana Seafood held their third annual “Scales & Ales” event on September 14. Guests soaked up the sights and sounds of the unique aquatic atmosphere, while strolling throughout the aquarium and onto the plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.

This year, “Scales & Ales” had live music by New Orleans’ own Papa Grows Funk and Mingo Fishtrap from Austin. The marching krewe Sirens of New Orleans gave an exciting performance, and Lauren Thom of Fleurty Girl served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The cuisine and libations were provided by over 30 of the finest local restaurants and bars, including Acme Oyster House, Antoine’s, Camellia Grill, Galatoire’s, Praline Connection and RioMar. All dishes were prepared with fresh Louisiana seafood. Guests enjoyed the popular beers from Abita, such as Amber and Purple Haze, as well as specialty offerings such as Vanilla Doubledog, Pecan Harvest Ale and Barley Wine.

Proceeds from the event benefit the aquarium’s education and conservation efforts and the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. These organizations focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and successfully releasing stranded and injured sea turtles and marine mammals.

Event at a Glance
What:  Third annual “Scales & Ales,” benefiting Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
When: Friday, September 14
Where: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas