Sun’s out, school’s out, and now’s the best time to seek out cool ways to have fun, without over doing it in the heat.

Today’s forecast: 90 degrees, sunshine and 85 percent humidity. Copy and paste throughout the month of June, and you pretty much have a good idea of what NOLA living is like as spring becomes a seemingly distant memory. This month, we’re on the search for frozen treats and refreshing drinks. And I don’t know about you, but when the summer heat starts to rev up, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. Chilled eats are what’s on the menu, from daiquiris to sno-balls, and take-away salads to sandwiches that keep the kitchen, and the cook, cool. 

June is also Pride month, and New Orleans, as always, knows how to throw a party. The annual French Quarter Pride parade is scheduled to return after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. The celebration promises to bring plenty of LGBTQ+ love, along with lots of rainbows, floats, music and more to the Quarter. To highlight the celebration, we have one local writer’s personal Pride story proving that, in her family, grandma knows best, and has plenty of love to go around.

Finally, we have our annual Top Dentist list of 199 professionals from across the Greater New Orleans region, in eight specialties ranging from general dentistry to orthodontics. While keeping your smile in great shape is at the top of most of our own lists, going to a dentist can sometimes come with anxiety and apprehension. We’ve got tips from a few top professionals to help alleviate the fear and keep your cool.

Plus, we highlight this year’s Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award winner restaurateur Frank Brigtsen, give you some gift ideas for the men in your life, mix things up with a refreshing new cocktail take and much more. It’s a jam-packed month full of things to do and celebrate.

The summer heat is back, and fall weather is a long four months away. The best prescription to stay cool, calm and collected in our book? Sit back, relax and enjoy a chilled drink, a cool waft of air from the window unit and enjoy reading this latest issue of New Orleans Magazine. 

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Ashley McLellan, Editor