It’s Carnival and the city is alive with festivity. The scent of fresh king cake fills the air as the parades start winding their way through the streets. It is a perfect time of the year to live and visit our beautiful city. I filled my time these last two weeks with all kinds of wonderful events starting with a reception announcing Crescent Care’s new building being constructed on Elysian Fields. The soiree held at Ralph’s on the Park and was very well attended. Guests enjoyed wonderful bites and libations as we learned about the organization’s new facility. It truly will be a fabulous state of the art facility. Crescent Care makes major strides in helping out LGBT Community and it is wonderful to see them grow into all the new areas of treatment. Also that evening, I attended the NOAGE Potluck dinner at the Drifter Hotel. Once again, this worthwhile organization has created such fun networking events to meet other in the gay community.
The following day, I went to two hotel openings. The first is the new Cambria hotel located on 632 Tchoupitoulas Street and the AC Hotel on 221 Carondelet. Both venues were excellent remodels of the old properties. If you have an opportunity go check these places out. A combination of contemporary style and Southern charm, the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/ French Quarter Area is in the heart of the Central Business District. I especially love their AC Kitchen, serving delicious European-style breakfast options, and the AC Lounge, where they serve some amazing hand-crafted cocktails. The Cambria Hotel is an upscale oasis in the Warehouse District. Check out both places.
On Friday, I was went to see Parker Simon perform at Mags 940. You may have read my interview with Parker in the last issue. This was one talented performer and his show proved it. He even premiered a song called Absinthe about NOLA that night. It was a great and magical night. This city is a music lover’s dream.
Besides the good times, this is also the time of the year I work a lot. ButI managed to attend the Amon Ra Ball at the Sigur Center in Chalmette. It was a wonderful tribute to Errol Rizzuto as well as Rip and Marsha Naquin, The royalty costumes were spectacular and Jeremy Weinberg and Safonda Peters looked great as the King and Queen. Congratulations on another ball well done.
That wraps up my two weeks. Until next time, enjoy the chaos of Carnival!