Family Fun Earth Fest At The Audubon Zoo

New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo, one of the top 5 zoos in the country, is hosting Earth Fest on March 16th.

Earth Fest is a day of fun and learning, meant to educate visitors about ways to save and protect the environment.

All day long, there will be special exhibitors from both non-profit and governmental sectors, as well as businesses involved with environmental issues who will be on-site to answer questions, educate, and inform zoo visitors. Plus, they’ll even be a fun Earth Quest game during which you can win awesome prizes. There will also be food, drinks, and crafts available for purchase.

Have extra Mardi Gras beads? Bring them for a discount on your zoo admission! ARC of Greater New Orleans will accept beads for recycling outside the Zoo during Earth Fest, and if you bring in at least a dozen beads, you’ll receive a coupon for $3 off adult or $2 off child admission. And, the coupon is good for up to 4 admissions for March 16, 2013!

Learn more about Earth Fest.

Celebrate St Patricks Day With 1st Lake In New Orleans

Just like with every other holiday, Louisiana turns what would be a pretty average St. Patrick’s Day celebration into one of grand proportions, spanning multiple days with parades and parties. If you’re a resident of 1st Lake’s apartments in Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge or surrounding locations, you’ll have the luck of the Irish with you on St. Patrick’s Day. Check out these fun local festivities to attend.

Traceys and Parasol’s Block Party – These two New Orleans Irish pubs will hold their famous annual block party on March 14.  Enjoy live music, delicious food and plenty of festive libations.

Molly’s At the Market Parade – Jim Monaghan’s annual Molly’s At The Market St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 15 will wind through the French Quarter in New Orleans featuring carriages and marching groups.

Irish Channel Parade – Widely considered the St. Patrick’s main event in New Orleans, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club will parade through the Irish Channel in New Orleans on March 16 with Mardi Gras-caliber floats and droves of Irishmen dressed in kilts handing out flowers and kisses on the cheek.

Parade on Metairie Road – Residents of 1st Lake’s Metairie apartments can enjoy the convenience of the Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day parade, starting at noon on March 17 in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, then down Metairie Road to the parish line.

Downtown Irish Club Parade – For a low-key local vibe, check out the Downtown Irish Club Parade in New Orleans on March 17 beginning on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, going through the Marigny and ending on Bourbon Street.

Louisiana Irish-Italian – Close out the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Louisiana Irish-Italian parade celebrating the unity of the two cultures in Louisiana, rolling on March 24 down Veterans Highway in Metairie.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 1st Lake in New Orleans!

Get To Know Your Neighborhood Baton Rouge

Looking to move to a town in Louisiana that has the perfect balance of activity and opportunity? Baton Rouge could be the perfect place for you. Whether you are already a resident of Baton Rouge or thinking about becoming one, 1st Lake Properties has apartments for rent in Baton Rouge at three great communities: Lake Towers, Regency Club and Spring Brook.

Baton Rouge has a top notch dining and nightlife scene. Being the home of the LSU Tigers brings the demand for popular food and beverage options, and Baton Rouge delivers in every way. From regional delicacies like alligator sausage and crawfish to plenty of international cuisine, the Baton Rouge culinary community has something for everyone.

Because Baton Rouge is the capitol of Louisiana and home of the Tigers, it attracts a youthful and talented community. Baton Rouge is a very artistic city, showcasing many excellent galleries, museums and exhibits throughout the city, including the LSU Museum of Art, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Baton Rouge Gallery and the Manship Theatre.

Coming up on May 25-26 is one of the biggest events of the year in Baton Rouge, the Bayou Country Superfest. This year, the Superfest at the LSU Tiger Stadium features Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and more awesome musical acts.

Whether you’re familiar with or new to Baton Rouge, check out some of the great cultural attractions it has to offer, and while you’re at it, the excellent Baton Rouge apartment rentals at 1st Lake.

Getting In Shape After Mardi Gras

If you celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans, that means you inevitably ate lots of king cake and probably indulged in some adult beverages. While both are delicious, they aren’t exactly the best for the old waist line. That’s why many running races are strategically scheduled shortly after Carnival season in the Greater New Orleans area. In addition to the state of the art gyms at many 1st Lake Properties communities, residents can work off the calories by training for a variety of races.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon takes place in New Orleans on Sunday, February 28, 2016, offering a full marathon, a half marathon and a two person half marathon relay. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is unique because there are live music and cheer squads to motivate you along the race course. Registration is available online.

The Crescent City Classic is another popular annual New Orleans road race which takes place the Saturday before Easter.. This year’s event will happen on Saturday, March 26, 2016. It starts in front of the home of the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and ends at the beautiful City Park. The CCC is a great New Orleans tradition, now in its 36th year.

Tenants of our Baton Rouge apartments will want to check out the Louisiana Marathon which brings together nearly 8,300 participants from around the state and beyond. This race offers a variety of lengths, including a full marathon, half marathon, 5K and a kid’s event. It takes place on January 15-17, 2016 in Baton Rouge.

The New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake Guide

Carnival season in Louisiana is the most anticipated time of the year. We look forward to the parades, balls, parties, and of course, king cake.

King cakes are one of the best, and tastiest, Mardi Gras traditions. The king cake is a religious symbol representing the three kings in the New Testament. King cakes are made of sweet dough, filled with cinnamon and topped with purple, green and gold sugar.

Every year local cooks and chefs work tirelessly to make their king cake the best in the city. Every one is a little different, but they are always delicious.

If you live in the metro New Orleans area, you can be the judge. Here are some places where you can find delicious king cakes in New Orleans.

1st Lake Properties Guide to New Orleans King Cakes

Contemporary King Cakes

Sucre is a relative newcomer to the New Orleans king cake community; but that doesn’t mean their cakes aren’t delicious. They take a buttery dough, fold it into cream cheese, and then add the cinnamon and sugar. This award-winning cake is sure to please guests at any Mardi Gras party.

It’s no surprise that John Besh’s Domenica is making innovative king cakes. This king cake is unlike any other- it’s filled with salted caramel, bananas, toasted pecans, mascarpone, and carmello. If that wasn’t elegant enough, it’s topped with a praline glaze and gold flakes. If you’re looking to impress your friends, bring one of these to a carnival party.

Cochon is another world-renowned restaurant doing exciting things with king cakes. Cochon offers a variety of fillings like meyer lemon, almond, chocolate pecan and strawberry. They even offer mini king cakes for one to two people, each with a tiny plastic pig inside. But the most intriguing king cake Cochon produces is the Elvis cake. This king cake is filled with bananas and  peanut butter and topped with marshmallow fluff and bacon. That’s right, bacon. Bring this cake to one of your more adventurous friend’s house.

Traditional King Cakes

Manny Randazzo has been using the same king cake family recipe since 1965. Their king cakes are always classic, fresh and delicious. Manny lightly ices the cakes and sprinkles purple, green and gold sprinkles on top. That’s it. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, right? Randazzo’s is located at 2515 N. Hullen Street in Metairie, just a short drive from 1st Lake’s Metairie apartment communities.

Haydel’s is another mainstay in the New Orleans king cake scene. They have a huge variety of king cakes to choose from, ranging from traditional to ones shaped like fleur de lis. Haydel’s is located at 4037 Jefferson Hwy. in New Orleans, convenient for residents of Bella Ridge and our other River Ridge apartments.

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