Christmas New Orleans Style kicks into high gear this weekend

Krewe of Jingle Parade Saturday

Don Ames
November 30, 2018 - 6:21 am

This holiday weekend starts with a brand new event this evening.

Kermit Ruffins' Kickoff to Christmas takes place tonight. 

"This is going to take place at the new Moonwalk at the riverfront. It will begin at 5:30, with a performance by the Roots of Music," says Rebecca Sell, with French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

"Then, they'll light the Christmas tree at Washington Artillery Park and Kermit will perform 'til 7:30."

"It's a free event," says Sell. "Kermit has agreed to perform and it's going to be his gift to the city." 

It's one of three free concerts being presented the next few days as part of Christmas New Orleans Style. 

"On Saturday afternoon, at St. Augustine Church at 4pm, we're going to have R&B artist Phillip Manuel perform. Then, on Monday in St. Louis Cathedral at 6pm, we have the Magnolia Sisters, a Cajun act."

Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, it's the annual Krewe of Jingle parade.

"Leading off the parade will be the beloved Mr. Bingle and our top ambassador, Mayor Latoya Cantrell," says Devona Dolliole, with the Downtown Development District. 

It rolls from Howard Street, up St. Charles, along Canal Street and along Baronne. And, it's New Orleans' biggest Christmas parade ever.

"Floats and all, we have well over 55 elements. And, of course, our headliner float will be carrying Santa.

Of course, it wouldn't be a New Orleans parade without throws. 

"Our signature throw is our Canal Street 'Home for the Holiday' medallion, which has become sort of a collectors' item for many.

Christmas New Orleans Style will also offer Reveillon feasts at over 50 of the city's finest restaurants beginning Saturday. 65 special holiday events, in all, including more than a dozen free concerts produced by FQFI.


Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival
Date: Friday, November 30 - Sunday, December 2
Times: Vary
Location: Historic Fort Jackson, Buras
Join Plaquemines Parish for their annual parish fair and Orange Festival featuring musical performances over the weekend by Aaron Foret, Junior and Sumtin Sneaky and more!

Algiers Bonfire and Concert
Saturday, December 1 
5:00pm - 8:30pm
For more than 25 years, the bonfire has been a long standing Algiers’ holiday tradition, and while the event happens early in December, the ambience of a holiday event fills the atmosphere. This staple New Orleans event is organized by local organizations and funded by both the community and private sector businesses.

Sunday, December 2
The Annual Inspection and Memorial Mass for first responders will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The Inspection will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Square, followed by mass at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.  The Inspection and Memorial Mass are free and open to the public.  The Memorial Mass will be televised on WLAE-TV for those who are unable to attend.

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