New Orleans Jazzfest With a Group of Hooligans


Back in 1988, we went to the city of New Orleans to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. To our surprise, that weekend coincided with an event called The Jazz and Heritage Festival. We joined up with a group of my husband’s friends who had been attending for years and we were hooked. We went back annually and a few years later, when that group disbanded, we started inviting our friends and formed our own group. Since 1988, we’ve only missed 2 years (the years our 2 children were born.) This year was the 45th anniversary of the festival. and our 31st wedding anniversary.

Morning beignets

Morning beignets

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My husband, Scott, with his morning beignets in the Gospel Tent

Irma Thomas in the Gospel Tent

Irma Thomas in the Gospel Tent

Beignets and Iced Coffee

Beignets and Iced Coffee

Scott with his" breakfast of champions"

Scott with his” breakfast of champions”

Terrence Simian on the Congo Square Stage

Terrence Simian on the Congo Square Stage

I plan the trip for our group from start to finish. It includes group dinners, t-shirts, pre-trip packets, etc… We have only one rule and that’s “anything goes.”

Lenny Kravitz on the Acura Stage

Lenny Kravitz on the Acura Stage

Each day we begin by arriving at the festival grounds (a racetrack) at 11:00 AM when the event begins. We start by purchasing iced coffee and beignets at the Cafe Du Monde booth and then wandering into the Gospel Tent for a little spiritual beginning to our day. From there, we check the musical line up daily at the 12 stages to dance our way throughout the fair grounds. Since the event ends at 7:00 PM, we have enough time to graze through the southern delicacies at the 60 food booths like cochon de lait po boys and crayfish bread as we wander. My husband loves the cuban sandwich and the BBQ turkey leg with white beans and rice.

Crayfish Po Boy

Crayfish Po Boy

Cochon De Lait Po Boy, my favorite!

Cochon De Lait Po Boy, my favorite!

Paloma Faith came all the way from England to perform

Paloma Faith came all the way from England to perform

Congo Square

Congo Square

Marcia Ball, a local favorite, on keyboard

Marcia Ball, a local favorite, on keyboard

Trumpet Mafia in the Jazz Tent

Trumpet Mafia in the Jazz Tent

Tribute to Fats Domino

Tribute to Fats Domino

Matching T-Shirt Day for our Krewe at the Fest

Matching T-Shirt Day for our Krewe at the Fest

Parade with Mardi Gras Indians

Parade with Mardi Gras Indians

Parade with Mardi Gras Indian

Parade with Mardi Gras Indian

Wandering....

Wandering….

Vintage Trouble rocking the Gentilly Stage

Vintage Trouble rocking the Gentilly Stage

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Ironing Board Sam in the Blues Tent

Davell Crawford tribute to Fats Domino

Davell Crawford tribute to Fats Domino

Size matters? Gretchen and Scott

Size matters? Gretchen and Scott

Buddy Buy in the Blues Tent

Buddy Buy in the Blues Tent

Sir Elton John opens with "Funeral For a Friend" at the Acura Stage pleasing the crowd

Sir Elton John opens with “Funeral For a Friend” at the Acura Stage pleasing the crowd

Robert meeting Glen David Andrews after an inspirational set in the Blues Tent

Robert meets Glen David Andrews after an inspirational set in the Blues Tent

Me listening to Zydeco music at the Fais Do-Do stage

Me listening to Zydeco music at the Fais Do-Do stage

Deacon John sings it

Deacon John dances

Bonarama horns

Bonarama horns

J Monque D in the Blues Tent

J Monque D in the Blues Tent

Taking a break from dancing at the Acura stage

Taking a break from dancing at the Acura stage

Congo Square Krewe

Congo Square Krewe at Terrence Simian performance

No Doubt headlines the Acura Stage

No Doubt headlines the Acura Stage

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Christina and I chillin at Acura Stage after a long dance set

Christina and I chillin at Acura Stage after a long dance set

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Sculpture

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Jazzfest Art Booths

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When we want to take a break in the music we catch a parade or shop through the craft booths. since the event lasts 4 days, (3 days on the first weekend as well) we get ample time to relax, dance, eat, and soak up the spirit that can only be found in the Big Easy.

In my JOY

In my JOY


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5 comments

  1. Robin — So sorry to have missed Jazz Fest this year with you, Scott and all the other Hooligans! You are planner extraordinaire and your “JOY” makes the fest a not-to-be-missed experience for all. Until next year…. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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