Members of the SingularCity social network had the Halloween of their lives with a five-day adventure in New Orleans that included food, fun, music and magic.
With Halloween night falling on a Friday this year, it was the perfect opportunity for SingularCity members to enjoy a long weekend together in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The fun began at the luxurious Bourbon Orleans hotel, reputed to be truly haunted and located in the heart of the French Quarter. Halloween is second only to Mardi Gras in the “Big Easy” and revelers from around the country, even from around the world, convened to enjoy a long weekend of non-stop Halloween celebrations.
SingularCity arrived on Thursday and after checking into our hotel, we were off to see the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade and then to Kingfish to enjoy a sumptuous Creole and Cajun dinner inspired by veteran New Orleans chef Greg Sonnier. It was the perfect place to enjoy our first meal in one of the greatest food cities on Earth.
On Friday (Halloween), we enjoyed a Cemetery/Voodoo tour from Historic Tours and learned about the legendary “above ground” tombs in Cemetery No. 1. including that of voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
That night, the entire French Quarter became one big Halloween party. We started with an authentic New Orleans dining experience developed by Chef Ben Thibodeaux at Tableau located on picturesque Jackson Square and then, we were off to the Lestat Coronation Ball hosted by the Vampire Lestat Fan Club with special guest, “Diary of a Vampire” author Anne Rice.
The parties continued on Saturday with the New Orleans Witches Ball hosted by the New Orleans Black Hat Society and held at the historic Elms Mansion, a beautiful example of Italianate-style architecture in the Garden District of New Orleans. And after midnight, we were off to the Endless Night Vampire Ball at House of Blues in the French Quarter.
In between the parties and great dinners, there was time for antique shopping, hearing live music on every street corner and exploring – and by our last night in New Orleans, we were ready to kick-back and enjoy a dinner jazz cruise aboard the Natchez, where we savored the beauty and romance of the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River with city views of the city of New Orleans.