Jazz Fiesta


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off on April 27. While walking around the festival grounds, the “Let Them Eat Cake” gang spotted a group of gentlemen all wearing the same tank shirt.

While we never got to speak to these fellows, we were informed that the matching tanks had their buddy’s high school photo on it, and they were celebrating a bachelor party.

What an fantastic idea — a festival-filled bachelor party.

This alternative (to the crazy, bar-filled parties made popular by TV and movies) works for both staycation celebrations and for people visiting from out of town.

For those staying in town, you can save money by not paying for flights or tanks of gas, as well as maybe cutting down a hotel stay from three to two nights or two to one.

For both locals and visitors, it getting everyone together with the native collective love of food, music, drinks and lots of fun is an excellent bonding opportunity. It also eliminates the need or want for a trip filled with sunshine, because the entire festival is held outside — well, it does rain sometimes.

Continue the full New Orleans experience and after the festival, stay at The Pontchartrain Hotel, with its rooftop bar Hot Tin and new restaurant Jack Rose, or take the streetcar down to the CBD and head to Meril, CellarDoor, Victory or other restaurant and nightlife hotspots.

For anyone looking for a festival-style bachelor or bachelorette party, New Orleans and Louisiana have more festivals than the days in a year. So whether you’re here for Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest or Voodoo Fest, you and your best friends can’t possibly go wrong. Bonus: No corny bachelor or bachelorette decorations.



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