Celebrate Spring at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Other than Mardi Gras, to many, Jazz Fest is the biggest and best annual event in New Orleans, and with good reason. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a whopping seven full days of music, food and art. If you’re looking to experience a huge amount of New Orleans culture condensed into one day, Jazz Fest would be the place to do it. Use these tips for how to have a great Jazz Fest experience, which is easily and conveniently accessed by 1st Lake Properties residents of New Orleans area apartments!jazz fest

Music – You really can’t go wrong with any music selection at Jazz Fest because it’s always going to be an excellent choice, even if you’ve never heard of the performer. The lineup this year features major headliners like Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire. In addition to the big name, as always the fest features some of the best established New Orleans artists and some very talented newcomers. Check out the full Jazz Fest music schedule online.

Food – For some people, Jazz Fest is more about the food than the music. There are nine food areas, each with an amazing sampling of New Orleans food and some ethnic offerings for something different. Some festival favorites not to miss include crawfish bread, cochon de lait po-boy, the iced teas from Sunshine Concessions, Ms. Linda’s Ya Ka Mein, the fried softshell crab po-boy from Galley Seafood Restaurant, the Phesant, Quail and Andouille Gumbo from Prejean’s Restaurant, and of course the Crawfish Monica.

Crafts – If you want to bring a tangible piece of Jazz Fest home with you, there are three art markets throughout the festival grounds where you can find some amazing, hand-made crafts. In addition to the coveted Jazz Fest posters from years past, including the 2014 poster, you can find African art and wares at the Congo Square African Marketplace; paintings, pottery and more at the Contemporary Crafts in Heritage Square; and regional crafts including photography and jewelry at the Louisiana Marketplace.

Family – Jazz Fest is one festival where kids can have as much fun as the adults. There is a section just for kids that includes a kids’ tent and a food area with favorites like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mac and cheese.

Transportation – It’s important to have a game-plan for how to get to Jazz Fest. It can be difficult to find a parking space if you are driving, but if you find a parking space within walking distance, you can take the Canal Street streetcar that drops you right off at City Park just a few blocks away, or take a pedicab or the Esplanade bus.

Festa Italiana Comes to Kenner April 1-3, 2016

1st Lake residents of Kenner will have the chance to attend a fun-filled, weekend-long festival April 1-3, 2016 right in their own neighborhood. The 16th annual Festa Italiana hosted by the Kenner Italian Heritage Foundation is coming to Kenner’s historic Rivertown district for a full-blown Italian celebration.

Experience and enjoy Italian culture at the festival, including live music, local artisans, Italian food and other specialty cuisine, a St. Joseph’s altar display and more. There will also be a children’s area with inflatables, giant human hamster balls, fun activities, and crafts.

Host of the event, former Kenner Police Chief Nick Congemi said, “We invite everyone to come out and be Italian for a weekend with us. We think of this as a huge family reunion where everyone is invited to take part.”

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A crowd gathers for live music at the Kenner Festa Italiana

There will be live music each day of the fest. The lineup features fun local artists like August Rush, Paper Chase, the Victory Belles from the National WWII Museum, Lena Prima, Yat Pack, Rachel Fleetwood And Vieux Carre Band and the Bucktown Allstars.

If you are looking for something to do in Kenner, the search is over. We’ve got your weekend plans right here – just another perk of being a 1st Lake resident! Check out all of our prime New Orleans area apartments in the middle of all the action!

St. Patrick’s Day Events in New Orleans

As with most holidays in the New Orleans area, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just one day, it’s a whole week of food, parties and parades. If you are a resident of one of 1st Lake’s New Orleans area apartments, you are right next to all the action.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans

Starting March 8 through March 17, The Irish House in New Orleans will offer drink specials, Irish activities and games and of course delicious Irish pub food. On Thursday, March 13, New Orleans bars Tracey’s and Parasol’s have their annual block parties in the Irish Channel in New Orleans. Expect lots of great food, green beer and festive music.

On Friday, March 14, Molly’s at the Market in the French Quarter is hosting St. Patrick’s festivities all day and all night, starting with a limousine-lead pub-crawl at 8:30 a.m. Then, at 6:30 p.m. the annual Jim Monaghan St. Patrick’s Parade departs from Molly’s, winding through the French Quarter with the New Wave Brass Band, Kazoozie Floozies, marching groups and more.

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St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Saturday, March 15, the New Orleans St. Patrick’s celebrations really kick in to high gear. Tracey’s and Parasol’s block parties resume and the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club’s 66th Parade rolls through the Irish Channel, considered by many to be the main event of the St. Patrick’s Day events in New Orleans.

Then, on Monday, March 17, the actual St. Patrick’s Day, the Downtown Irish Club Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. from the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.

As you can see, there is no shortage of options for spending St. Patrick’s Day the way you want to in New Orleans.

1st Lake Dining Guide: Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge is home to some of the best and brightest upcoming chefs. In fact, ConventionSouth magazine named Baton Rouge the Best Foodie City!

Louisiana’s capital has much to offer in the way of delicious dining options and our 1st lake properties are located right near the best of them. All of our apartment communities in Baton Rouge – like Lake Towers, Regency Club and Spring Brook are conveniently located to satisfy your many cravings.

So dig in to our Baton Rouge restaurant guide and decide where you’re having dinner!

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Photo courtesy of Visit Baton Rouge

Local Louisiana Cuisine

Craving oysters, catfish and mudbugs? Check out these local haunts.

Italian Fare

Some days you just want to stuff yourself with pizza and pasta…

Asian Cuisine

Looking for sushi, noodles or pho? We’ve got you covered.

Mexican Fare

Give these places a try when you’re craving tacos and a good margarita.

American Eats

Hankering for a good old fashioned hamburger? These places are sure to please.

Mediterranean Grub

These places are dishing out the freshest and most delicious Mediterranean.

Fine Dining

Celebrating a birthday or special event? These white table cloth restaurants are world-renowned.

Bakeries & Coffee Shops

Try these spots for a quick breakfast or tasty treat.

Food Trucks

Every Wednesday, all Baton Rouge food trucks gather at a different location for the Baton Rouge Wround Up. Check out #brwroundup to find out the next spot.

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Related posts: Kenner Dining Guide, Metairie Dining Guide, New Orleans King Cake Guide.

2014 Mardi Gras Parade Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New Orleans! No, we’re not talking about the holidays – it’s Carnival season! Whether you’re a resident of the 1st Lake’s metro New Orleans apartments in Metairie, Kenner or River Ridge, or a resident of the Northshore apartments in Slidell, Covington or Mandeville, there is a Mardi Gras parade coming soon near you! Mark these parades on your calendar for an experience like no other that’s fun for all ages!

Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans and the Northshore

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Krewe of Bilge – Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie – Saturday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Titans – Saturday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Dionysus – Sunday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Selene – Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Metairie Parades

Krewe of Little Rascals – Sunday, February 16, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Perseus – Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Excalibur – Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Caesar – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Centurions – Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Napoleon – Sunday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Krewe of Hera – Monday, March 3, 6:15 p.m.

Krewe of Zeus – Monday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Argus – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Jefferson – follows Argus

Krewe of Elks Jefferson – follows Jefferson

New Orleans Parades

Krewe du Vieux – Saturday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe Delusion – follows Krewe du Vieux

Krewe of Cork – Friday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.

Krewe of Oshun – Friday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Cleopatra – Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Pontchartrain – Saturday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Choctaw – Saturday, February 22, follows Pontchartrain

Krewe of Freret – Saturday, February 22, follows Chocktaw

Krewe of Sparta – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Pygmalion – Saturday, February 22, 6:45 p.m.

‘tit Rex – Saturday, February 22, 5:00 p.m.

Krewe of Chewbacchus – Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m.

Krewe of Carrollton – Sunday, February 23, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin – follows Carrollton

Krewe of Alla – follows King Arthur and Merlin

Krewe of Barkus – Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Druids – Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Nyx – Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Knights of Babylon – Thursday, February 27, 5:45 p.m.

Krewe of Muses – Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Knights of Chaos – Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Hermes – Friday, February 28, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe d’Etat – Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Morpheus – Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Iris – Saturday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Tucks – Saturday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Endymion – Saturday, March 1, 4:15 p.m.

Krewe of Okeanos – Sunday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Mid-City – Sunday, March 2, 11:45 a.m.

Krewe of Thoth – Sunday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Bacchus – Sunday, March 2, 5:15 p.m.

Krewe of Proteus – Monday, March 3, 5;15 p.m.

Krewe of Orpheus – Monday, March 3, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Zulu – Tuesday, March 4, 8:00 a.m.

Krewe of Rex – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

Covington and Mandeville Parades

Krewe of Eve – Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Olympia – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Lyra – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

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