I got to go to New Orleans after Thanksgiving, and here are some photos!
There was SO much good food in the Crescent City:
Beignets and Cafe au Lait with chicory from Cafe du Monde
Roast Beef Po' Boy and famous cheese fries from Parasol's Bar:
The world-famous Commander's Palace (unfortunately, no pictures of the food )
The *real* French Market
I took this streetcar:
The exhibit was absolutely fantastic, narrated by John Goodman (Big Daddy LaBeouf from The Princess and the Frog). In order, the exhibit covered the classic Disney fairy tales starting with Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Princess and the Frog. There was a LOT of original artwork from all of the films, as well as little interesting vignettes about the process of making the films. i bought the exhibit catalog from the museum shop and it has the original version of all the tales in the exhibit followed by the Disney version.
After the museum I took the streetcar back to Canal but stopped and strolled around the Garden District, looking at all the gorgeous homes. You can definitely see that the artists for Princess and the Frog definitely did their research.
It's several months to Mardi Gras, so I took a trip to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World to see the floats up close and in person!
This guy is known as Le Boeuf Grand, who represents the fatted cow, eaten right before the start of Lent. Charlotte's father is called Big Daddy LeBoeuf...coincidence?
The famous Leviathan float, built for the legendary Superkrewe, the Krewe of Orpheus:
Leviathan is well over 96' long and carries 130 riders. The Orpheus parade is over 30 floats total!
This particular float was originally built for USF's Halloween event, but came back to N'Awlins for a Halloween parade:
Much of the construction of the floats are very simple- just muslin stretched over wood framing and painted with latex:
The props are usually foam carvings with fibreglas or papier-mache laid over top These are for next year's Krewe of Bacchus parade:
Hey, Look! It's Flik!
I love these:
I spent a really rainy/windy day walking around the French Quarter, snapping photos:
I visited the St. Louis Cathedral, which also plays a significant role in The Princess and the Frog:
I think that be it for now...
THE END...and thanks for looking!