Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints). According to many scholars, it was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
So, how's the Halloween tricking you? As for us, we're treating ourselves to a night of fun at the Frenchmen street.
Why are we going to Frenchmen street instead of French Quarter now? Isn't Bourbon street the place to be in this Halloween night?
Ummm, we're New Orleanians now, aren't we? We being locals, we know better than to go to touristy French Quarter. We'll hang out with our neighbors at the Frenchmen Street. Yes, Maria, the Frenchmen street is the place to be. It's where the our favorite Spotted Cat is, also the Maison, Snog Harbor, Mona's Cafe and lots lots more.
According to our favorite source, Wikepedia, Frenchmen Street was once the plantation of a wealthy Creole-born man (who made the dice game Craps popular in America). In 1805, the nobleman Marquis Bernard De Marigny subdivided his vast plantation to create the Faubourg Marigny, the first suburb down river from the original settlement that we now call the French Quarter. As Americans settled the area upriver from the French Quarter, immigrants and free people of color populated this downriver neighborhood. ((http://www.frenchquarter.com/nightlife/FaubourgMarigny.php)
He influenced the city of New Orleans with his joie de vivre--or a keen enjoyment of living-- and extravagance. In 1806 his property was subdivided. The area of Frenchman Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood slowly developed into a happening block with a mix of a unique European flair and cosmopolitan feel.
Visitors to Frenchmen Street won't see Mardi Gras beads, frozen daiquiri stands or T-shirt shops; rather, the area very much caters to locals. In fact, New Orleanians who haven't set foot on Bourbon Street in years spend whole weekends romping around Frenchmen Street, bar-hopping for live music or eating out along its increasingly diverse restaurant row. ((http://www.frenchquarter.com/nightlife/FaubourgMarigny.php)
Let's go a-romping at Frenchmen Street:
Let's stop by at Maison for a unsurpassable jazz music:
In lieu of tonight's celebration, our favorite band, Shotgun Jazz Band played Die Now, Who's Wearing My Face Now, among others.
|The audience were dressed appropriately for Halloween|
|Marla Dixon on trumpet and vocals|
The blue lady is not blue at all ...
Happy Halloween everyone. In parting, gentle readers, may I offer you this song from Shotgun Jazz Band, 'till next post ...
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