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Mardi Gras 2023 in Lake Charles

Lake Charles Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras 2023 is coming Tuesday, February 21. But Mardi Gras season isn't just about the big day. Our Realtors® know you have to start preparing early. This is one of the best times of year to go to Lake Charles open houses or visit Lake Charles homes for sale because magic is already in the air.

After all, Lake Charles is home to the biggest celebrations outside of New Orleans.

With only about a month left to go, there are still plenty of amazing things to see and do. Lake Charles goes all out for Mardi Gras each and every year. We have our own traditions and even our own incredible parades. You can be a part of it all this year.

Let's take a closer look at spectacular Mardi Gras celebrations in Lake Charles:

  • Taste of Mardi Gras Party – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Taste of Mardi Gras Party takes place on February 15 from 6 p.m. through 9 o'clock. Guests enter for just $30 and will enjoy food and fun at the spacious Lake Charles Civic Center. Door prizes will also be available, and there is a cash bar. It's a terrific way to kick off your season of celebration.

  • Mardi Gras Annual Lighted Boat Parade – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    See the Lakefront Promenade like you've never seen it before. Mardi Gras Annual Lighted Boat Parade is a truly breathtaking sight. A totally free event, it kicks off at 6 p.m. on February 16. Dozens of lighted boats take to the water in an annual outpouring of local spirit unique to Lake Charles.

  • Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade – Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Welcome to the first land parade of the season. Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade is a chance to meet new friends and buy unique souvenirs. This glowing night parade is sponsored by businesses and nonprofits, with the major contributors decorating incredible floats. It happens on February 17 at seven o'clock.

  • Krewe of Barkus Parade – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Krewe of Barkus Parade is one you just can't miss: A parade of costumed pets and whimsical owners. It starts from the Lake Charles Civic Center and begins the morning of February 18. At the day's end, the #1 best costume winner will be crowned "Mystical Dog" of the Krewe of Barkus.

  • World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-Off – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    The World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-Off is back for another year. There's no charge at the door for this mouth-watering contest, which runs bright and early from 7 a.m. through to 2 p.m. on February 18.

  • Mardi Gras Children's Day & Children's Day Parade – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Mardi Gras Children's Day & Children's Day Parade is the day to celebrate the youth with a family-friendly day of interactive arts and crafts for kids aged 3 to 11. It gets rolling at 11:00 on February 19, and the parade starts at 3:30.

  • Mardi Gras Royal Gala – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    It's the big night before the big day. Mardi Gras Royal Gala arrives on Monday, February 20. During this lavish parade, each Krewe will show off their handcrafted floats and their costumed royalty. There will be live music and dancing befitting the second-largest Mardi Gras in all of Louisiana.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in Lake Charles.


Exhibits at the Louisiana History Museum

Alexandria Museum

Louisiana has a long and rich history. If you recently moved to the New Orleans or Alexandria area, you might enjoy learning more about that history. It's no secret that the state has many fantastic museums worth visiting! If you want to stop by a local museum offering insight into Alexandria's history, check out the Louisiana History Museum. This museum, located in downtown Alexandria, has a lot of interactive exhibits, making it a great place to visit with family. Here are the key facts our Realtors® feel will be helpful to know before you visit.

  • Location and Hours
    The Louisiana History Museum is located at 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301. This is right in the heart of downtown Alexandria, not far from some awesome Alexandria homes for sale. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to grab a bite to eat before or after your visit.

    The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Building History
    The building that the Louisiana History Museum is located in used to be the local public library. It has a brick facade like most buildings from this era. Since 1907, it has been a valued structure in the community. 

  • Admission
    The Louisiana History Museum does not charge an admission fee. You can visit for free, and you can even arrange for a guided tour if desired.

  • Museum Overview
    There are more than 50 displays inside the museum, so you could easily spend a few hours browsing. If you're a reader, you may even be able to fill a day. You'll find relics from the early days of Louisiana history, books about the region, and even profiles on authors and poets who have called Alexandria home over the years.

    If you're interested in genealogy and have had family in the area in the past, consider browsing the museum's genealogy files. You may discover some new insights into where your family came from. 

  • Key Exhibits
    One current exhibit worth seeing is the Brasher Plumbing Neon Sign, made by the Craig Sign Company. Read about this historic sign, how it was made, and the company's role in Louisiana history. Guests also enjoy the Newcomb Photograph Collection, which features nearly 700 photos. They all depict Central Louisiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

    If you enjoy more interactive exhibits, check out Red River, a replica of a stern wheel ship that traveled down the Red and Mississippi Rivers in the 1900s. You'll learn a lot about how these ships worked and also about living on the river in this era.

    Another current exhibit, Central Louisiana in Postcards, displays over 250 postcards from the early 1900s. Each one shows an image of Central Louisiana at that time.

If you choose to visit the Louisiana History Museum, we hope you have a great time. We love the Alexandria area, and we think you will, too. Contact us if you're still looking for a home nearby. Our agents would be happy to help.


Where to Ring in 2023 Around New Orleans

2023 NOLA

No city does celebrations quite like New Orleans, and with New Year's Eve around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for the big night. Whether you're looking for a fun, early activity with the kids, a gourmet meal with pairings to match, or a celebration that will still be going well after the clock strikes midnight, you won't have to travel far from New Orleans homes for sale to find it. Our Realtors® have all of the exciting details on some of the best New Year's Eve events in New Orleans this year.

  • Big Night New Orleans NYE Gala – 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With world-class food, an open bar, multiple party areas, live performances on multiple stages, and even a silent disco, the Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve Gala offers everything you need to welcome 2023 in one convenient, festive location. Reservations are suggested, and guests for this event must be 21 or older.

  • Zoo Year's Eve – 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    The youngest members of the family will love ringing in 2023 with the Zoo Year's Eve celebration at the Audubon Zoo, and parents will love that this celebration happens at noon, leaving plenty of time for other activities. There will be music, games, and prizes for the kids throughout the morning, followed by the big New Year's countdown at noon.

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl NYE Parade – Marigny/Bywater & French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130
    If you're a college football fan counting down the seconds until the Sugar Bowl, why not start the day by celebrating with the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve Parade? This Mardi Gras-themed parade winds its way through some of your favorite New Orleans neighborhoods before wrapping up on Canal Street. The parade lasts from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM, and it's well worth finding your spot along the route early to enjoy the best views.

  • NYE Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans – 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    What could be better than spending New Year's Eve on the Mississippi River, with fireworks and starlight in the sky above? You can look forward to that stunning scenery and so much more with the New Year's Eve Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans. Get ready for a night of dinner, dancing, delicious drinks, and unforgettable views.

  • NYE at the Riverview Room – 600 Decatur St., 4th Floor of Jax Brewery, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Billed as the "Times Square of the South" celebration, New Year's Eve at the Riverview Room offers a full evening of fun capped off with incredible views of the NYE midnight ball drop and the fantastic fireworks over the river. This is a black-tie event, perfect for an elegant New Year's Eve.

  • New Year's Eve @ BB's Stage Door Canteen – 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    If live music is a must for your New Year's Eve celebration, then you're sure to love spending the evening at the New Year's Eve @ BB's Stage Door Canteen event, which includes lively performances from the Victory Swing Orchestra and a decadent midnight chocolate buffet. Enjoy a 4-course dinner, then dance the night away while you wait for midnight.

Searching for a new home in 2023? Our team is here to help with New Orleans open houses for you to explore and so much more. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.


Plan Ahead for Jingle on the Boulevard

Nola Holiday Parade

Our Realtors® know that choosing a home isn't just about the property. New Orleans homes for sale are beautiful, but the community you are becoming a part of is just as important. New Orleans is truly unique, and the holiday season gives you even more opportunities to see why it's so special.

If you're in town for New Orleans open houses, why not stay and sample one of the most beloved local events of the year? It may not be as famous as Mardi Gras, but families look forward to the annual Jingle on the Boulevard Parade every bit as much. 

It's a parade like no other, and there's still time to get ready!

Jingle on the Boulevard is Back on December 17 in New Orleans East

Jingle on the Boulevard is a huge holiday parade that attracts visitors from across the state. It's not just big, it's "New Orleans big." And this year, it's back and better than ever. With a route passing through historic Crowder Boulevard, Hayne Boulevard, and Read Boulevard, it is a sight to behold!

You don't have to go to New York City for a one-of-a-kind Christmas: It's right here in New Orleans.

Although this is only the fifth year for Jingle on the Boulevard, it has already become an annual tradition supported by nonprofits and neighbors all over New Orleans.

What Can You Expect to See at Jingle on the Boulevard?

Above all, Jingle on the Boulevard is an event for the kids. Not just the ones who will be watching but those who get to participate. Dance teams and marching bands from all over the city practice all year to be a part of this positive and uplifting event. They are truly the stars of the show!

Participants who arrive early on the parade route will be in the best position for a classic souvenir throw, where they can catch beads and other trinkets. These will be thrown by the bands, the celebrity guests, and no doubt by Old St. Nick himself when he makes an appearance at the end of the parade.

The parade starts at noon, so there's plenty of time to get situated somewhere with a terrific view. In addition to Santa Claus himself, other holiday characters like Santa's elves and reindeer will pay a visit. Holiday hits will be played throughout the parade.

The parade's roster is completely full this year, including dance teams, marching bands, and vehicle sign-ups. You don't have to do anything special to participate as a spectator: Just bring your loved ones and be prepared for fun surprises. You never know who else might turn up!

Jingle on the Boulevard is a community-driven effort led by volunteers. Fees paid by the organizations that participate go in part to benefit The Marine Foundation Toys for Tots. Although applications have closed, you can still bring a toy for charitable drop-off on the day of the parade.

This is just another example of the "can't miss" events you'll only find here in New Orleans. Civic spirit and community pride are alive and well in The Crescent City, and folks here are always ready to welcome a new neighbor. It could be you!

Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about New Orleans real estate opportunities.


5 Lake Charles Holiday Events

Lake Charles Holiday

From sparkling lights to sugary cookies, the holiday season is a time of fun and festivities. You might be looking forward to a big dinner with family or a quiet evening of wrapping gifts. If you're looking for a community-oriented way to get into the holiday spirit, Lake Charles has a lot to offer. Here are some of the top holiday events our Realtors® recommend checking out. 

  1. The Nutcracker: 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Attend the Lake Area Ballet Theater's performance of The Nutcracker, presented at Tritico Theater at McNeese State University. There will be two public performances this year, one on Friday, December 9th, and another on Saturday, December 10th. 

    The Nutcracker is one of the best-known classic ballets set to the music of Tchaikovsky. It tells the story of a girl named Clara whose nutcracker comes alive during the holidays. Appropriate for all ages, this ballet is sure to put you in a festive mood. 

  2. Elf The Musical: 1 Reid St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you love Elf, the movie here is your chance to see it in a whole new way. Elf The Musical is being performed at the ACTS Theater with recurring performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 2nd - December 18th. 

    Elf tells the story of Buddy, an oversized elf who learns he is a human with human parents. He sets off from the North Pole to New York City, where he meets his real father and learns a lot about family and the magic of Christmas. This musical is sure to make you laugh and cry.

  3. Santa's Hot Chocolate Run: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Are you looking for a more active way to celebrate the holidays? Santa's Hot Chocolate Run is a 5-mile race open to runners and walkers of all abilities. There is also a 1-mile fun run for kids. The race begins at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Lakeshore Drive.

    There is a $35 advanced registration fee. Or, you can register on the day of the race for $40. All participants will get a free t-shirt and post-race hot chocolate.

  4. Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop: 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Visit the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center between December 2nd and 21st, and you'll discover a stunning little village at the Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop. Admire more than 700 lighted houses, skate on a skating rink, and make some crafty cards.

    This event will take place Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 am - 6 pm. Stop by once, or come back again and again. All ages are welcome, and there is no fee to attend.

  5. A Very Merry Holiday Symphony: 900 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and enjoy a performance by the Lake Charles Symphony. This holiday-themed performance will feature all of the classics. As the performance ends, Santa will fly in to take family photos.

    A Very Merry Holiday Symphony is scheduled for 6:30 pm on December 10th, 2022. It will be held in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Lake Charles is a lovely place to live around the holidays, thanks to community events like these. If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the best Lake Charles open houses and navigate the local real estate market with ease.


Baton Rouge's Festival of Lights

Baton Rouge Lights

This December, our real estate agents are excited to welcome back Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights! There's simply no better way to kick off the holiday season. 

If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, you'll definitely want to make time to experience all the festivities. Read on to learn more about this year's Festival of Lights celebration!

Festival of Lights 2022

Every year, the Festival of Lights transforms the night sky above baton rouge into a sparkly winter wonderland. The 2022 Festival of Lights takes place on Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 4 pm. The event is open to the public free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. 

The festivities take place at North Boulevard Town Square. This spectacular green space lies between North Boulevard and River Road in the heart of Baton Rouge and is a year-round setting for events and festivals just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale

What to Expect

The Festival of Lights is a little different every year, but each occurrence marks the official start of the holiday season in Baton Rouge. There's always a good time to be had! Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Tree Lighting and Fireworks - Mayor Broome will begin counting down to the lighting of the Baton Rouge Christmas Tree at 6:20 pm! Every year, the lighting of the 25-foot tree with 250,000 sparkling lights is a true highlight of the evening. The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River, so be sure to pick a spot with a view!

  • Santa Makes an Appearance - None other than Santa Claus himself will assist Mayor Broome with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Afterward, guests will be invited to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Old State Capitol from 6:30 to 8:30, followed by a Christmas film in the old House Chamber. 

  • Snow Village and Ice Skating - Yes, you read that right! Ice skating in Baton Rouge! 10 tons of real snow will be brought to Repentance Park (located between the Old State Capitol and River Center), where kids aged 5 to 15 will be able to go snow tubing starting at 5 pm. An ice skating rink will be located on the first floor of the River Center Plaza and will be open to kids 5 to 10 years old, starting at 4 pm. 

  • Artist Village - The Festival of Lights also brings an opportunity to do a little shopping! Numerous local vendors will be on hand at the Artist Village with a wide variety of arts, crafts, and handmade goods of all kinds. There will also be a bake sale, food vendors, and more than enough hot chocolate to go around! 

Contact us today to learn more about celebrating the holidays in Louisiana. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the Baton Rouge area!


Réveillon Tradition: Holiday Dining in NOLA

NOLA Dining

Are you and your family looking for a new holiday tradition to share? Our Realtors® will be skipping the cooking and gathering around the table at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale.

What Is Réveillon Dining?

During the 19th century, Europeans celebrated Christmas with a huge holiday feast to mark the end of a day-long fast. Creole families brought this tradition, known as "Réveillon" after the French word for "awakening," along to New Orleans for their post-midnight mass dinner. 

Traditional dishes on the réveillon table included chicken and oyster gumbo, game pies, and elaborate desserts. The custom faded out by the 1940s, but interest was sparked again during the 1990s. In a nod to contemporary dining preferences, réveillon is now served at upscale restaurants during more conventional hours.

Where to Find Holiday Réveillon Dinners

Holiday réveillon menus include four to eight courses. Traditional réveillon features ingredients that would have been available to Creole families during the 1800s, while contemporary réveillon incorporates molecular gastronomy, small plates, and other modern culinary techniques.

Traditional Réveillon

  • Tujague's - 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    It's appropriate that Tujague's, the second-oldest restaurant in NOLA, is offering a traditional réveillon menu. Dine on classic dishes such as gumbo, double-cut pork chops with oyster dressing, and pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck with Louisiana citrus dry cherry demi-glace. Price is $64 for four courses. Dinner is served 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Réveillon is available on Christmas Eve.

  • Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dine at the French Quarter's largest outdoor courtyard at Court of Two Sisters. Their réveillon menu starts with classic turtle soup and concludes with the spectacular tableside presentation of bananas Foster. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Price is $50 for the four-course meal.

Contemporary Réveillon

  • Commander's Palace - 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of the iconic chefs who made their name at Commander's Palace. While the restaurant has been a NOLA landmark since 1893, they're serving an updated réveillon menu with elegant touches such as whipped duck liver beignets and crispy Gulf oysters with Worcestershire and horseradish demi-glace. The six-course meal is $135. Visit the website for hours.

  • Seaworthy - 630 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As the name implies, seafood plays a major role in the contemporary réveillon menu at Seaworthy. The four-course meal, priced at $65, begins with their popular oyster shooters, and the entrée offers a choice of mussels & fideos, stuffed clams, and a whole branzino for two. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, starting at 4 p.m.

  • The Bower - 1320 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When you combine modern farm-to-table cuisine with traditional réveillon dining, the result is the holiday menu at The Bower. Dishes such as cabbage and potato waffle, rabbit confit arancini, and mushroom bruschetta are inspired by seasonal ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. Price is $75 for five courses. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

New Orleans open houses are especially festive this time of year. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Holiday Events and Markets Near Lafayette

Lafayette Holidays

Are you ready for a helping of holiday cheer? Once again, Lafayette is pulling out all the stops for a bright and festive season. Mark your calendar for these special events and markets that are recommended by our Realtors®.

  • Christmas at Couret Holiday Market - Couret Farms, 300 Flores Ct., Lafayette, LA 70507
    Take in the rich historical ambiance around Lafayette homes for sale when you attend the Christmas at Couret Holiday Market. The stunning grounds of Couret Farms make a beautiful backdrop as you shop for gifts from more than 60 vendors on hand. Products for sale range from clothing and jewelry to delicious baked goods. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. When you're ready for a break, enjoy lunch from one of the area's popular food trucks as you listen to live music. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and admission is free.

  • Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market - RustiQue Rose Event Centre, 200 Midway St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    While it's not quite as seasonal as hot chocolate, Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market is as festive as it gets. Dolly makes the best old-fashioned lemonade around, but she'll be sharing center stage with numerous local vendors selling adult and children's clothing, jewelry, bath products, and personal items that make great gifts. Bring your appetite and get your fill of all the tasty food and beverages that will be available as well. The market takes place on Sunday, December 4, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is free.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Heyman Center, 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday classic was turned into an animated TV special and a live-action movie. Now you can experience the magic of Whoville firsthand with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. The show played to record-setting audiences on Broadway, and now it's taking the stage at the Heyman Center. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are $36-$75.

  • A Merry and Bright Holiday Series - Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Brightly-lit trees, caroling, and parades: all the traditional holiday elements are part of A Merry and Bright Holiday Series. Since 2019, Parc International in downtown Lafayette has hosted this series of family-friendly events designed to share the holiday spirit. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Lighting of the Tree Concert. The Christmas Carnival, featuring Santa's parade, takes place the next day at 2 p.m. Candlelight Christmas sing-along is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, while a screening of The Polar Express is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day - Painting with a Twist, 107 Energy Pkwy., Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Don't feel up to fighting the Black Friday crowds? Spend a relaxing and creative afternoon at Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day. You and the kids can each put your own spin on a whimsical portrait of a llama wearing a Santa hat and surrounded by holiday lights. The event takes place on Friday, November 25, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $29 per person.

Lafayette open houses are always in season. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Get Creative in Baton Rouge: 5 Paint Studios to Visit

Baton Rouge Painting

Whether you fancy becoming the next Van Gogh or you're simply looking for an exciting way to engage your creativity, visiting a paint studio is a fun way to spend a day. Baton Rouge offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels and artistic tastes. Our Realtors® have the details on 5 Baton Rouge paint studios that offer fun, creative experiences for you to enjoy.

  • Mid-City Artisans – 516 Moore St., Ste. 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you enjoy creating art with different mediums, few studios offer more variety in their classes than Mid-City Artisans, all from a convenient location near Baton Rouge homes for sale. Classes here cover painting, drawing, paper arts, crochet, mixed media, resin, glass, pottery, clay, and even jewelry making. In addition to a wide variety of beginner classes and kid-friendly classes, Mid-City Artisans offers on-demand classes for more experienced artists.

  • Painting with a Twist – 711 Jefferson Hwy., Ste. 3A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Painting, wine, and good times are the name of the game at Painting with a Twist, the perfect destination for a memorable, creative night out with friends. In addition to a busy schedule of regular classes, perhaps the best way to enjoy Painting with a Twist is by booking a private party. You'll get to choose from more than 8,000 works of art to find the perfect painting and leave with a wonderful work of art created by your own hands.

  • The Hampton Canvas – 10066 S. Choctaw, Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Owner Maia Anderson created The Hampton Canvas as a way for everyone, regardless of their artistic experience level, to express their creativity in an inspiring, welcoming setting. You will start with a pre-drawn, black & white sketch, then learn how to add color and customize it to suit your unique style. Regularly scheduled classes include Ladies Night, Date Night, Kids Corner, Guys Night, and Sunday Social. You can also schedule a private class, team-building event, or even an art-themed field trip.

  • Throw Me Something – 257 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Interested in painting on something other than canvas? Throw Me Something offers pottery painting classes for all ages, where you pick out a blank ceramic sculpture or piece of pottery, then learn how to paint it in a way that expresses your unique creativity. After you're done, your ceramic art will be fired in a kiln, prepared for a week, then be ready to take home and decorate your shelves for many years to come.

  • Painting and Pinot – 7248 Perkins Rd., Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    As the name hints, classes at Painting and Pinot are all about having a great time. Painting classes here include everything from painting your own wine glasses to creating art on a blank canvas themed around all of your favorite holidays. There are also classes for kids and more traditional classes for adults where you'll learn to create your own versions of famous paintings. If you want to paint a particular picture, booking a group of 8 or more allows you to choose from any painting in the archive.

Fantastic studios are just the start of the many ways that you can exercise your creativity when you call Baton Rouge home, and our local team is here to help with everything from Baton Rouge open houses to closing on your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Jazz Museum Events

When you tour New Orleans homes for sale, you're in the midst of one of America's truly unique hubs of culture. With its rich musical heritage, delicious food, and unmistakable French influences, our real estate agents are confident you'll have many reasons to fall in love.

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. Between New Orleans open houses, you should make time to visit one of the area's foremost institutions: The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Established back in 1961 and occupying the Old U.S. Mint Building, it seeks to conserve and share the history of jazz.

There's always something new to see, hear, and do at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Volunteers and staff keep up a busy calendar of events all through the year, and it's not too late to get in on the action.

Let's visit the museum and see some of its upcoming events:

  • Jazz Yoga
    Jazz Yoga is one of the most popular events held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and runs nearly every week – often twice a week. For example, you can catch it on Saturday, November 12, in the morning or Tuesday, November 15 in the afternoon. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy jazz, meditation, and mindfulness. To get the most from the experience, bring your own yoga mat.

  • Arrowhead Jazz Band
    Presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Arrowhead Jazz Band will be performing on Tuesday, November 22, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – a truly unique live jazz experience. Arrowhead is made up of a medley of National Park Service Rangers playing alongside other local musicians. In a fun-packed hour, they'll share a lively musical experience of New Orleans jazz, along with blues, gospel, and more.

  • The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating
    A signature program of the New Orleans Jazz Museum that local musicians look forward to each year! The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating will be returning for two hours this Tuesday, November 15. This early evening roundtable will discuss important issues for succeeding as an independent musical artist. The upcoming jam session focuses on managing your publishing catalog, estate planning, and termination of copyrights the right way.

  • The Brain and Miracles of Music
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the brain during the intense, high-energy improvisation of a jazz riff? Dr. Randy M. Rosenberg, MD, an associate professor at Temple University's Louis Katz School of Medicine, will unveil the mysteries of music creation on Thursday, November 17, starting at 2 o'clock. Admission is free! The Brain and Miracles of Music will also feature live jazz music.

  • Beginner French
    Beginner French is another cornerstone program that's becoming much more frequent at New Orleans Jazz Museum. Led by The Alliance Française de La New Orleans, it will be that organization's first French course in the heart of the French Quarter – and many follow-ups are planned. To join the first session, which will meet for ten weeks, drop in on Saturday, November 19, at 10:00 in the morning.

  • 5th Annual Improvisations Gala
    Kick off the social calendar in December with one of the biggest nights in New Orleans Jazz, the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala. This iconic celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. through to 10 o'clock. Some of the leading names in jazz from the local and national scene will take the stage as guests enjoy fine Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in New Orleans today.


Downtown Lake Charles Block Party Information

Lake Charles Downtown Party

Calling all Lake Charles residents and those looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. A favorite annual event is just around the corner. That's right — the Lake Charles Downtown Block Party is coming up on October 29th. Hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association, this is a party you won't want to miss. Here are the key details to know for the October Downtown Block Party.

  • Time and Date
    As mentioned above, the block party will take place on Saturday, October 29th, this year. Live music and vendors will be there from 3:00-7:00 pm. While the actual Candy Crawl part of the party will be from 4:30-6:30 pm. You don't have to stay for the entire event, but the event organizers do promise a special surprise at the end. Stop by for an hour, or stick around all afternoon. The nice fall weather will make for a lovely experience.

  • Location
    The Downtown Block Party takes place along the 300 Block of Broad Street. Many of the businesses along the street will be open and participating. Others will have tables and activities set up.

  • Key Attractions
    There's no shortage of things to do at the Downtown Block Party. October's event will feature a Candy Crawl. Gather candy from various vendors and residents who are handing it out. This is like trick-or-treating but in a controlled space. Feel free to wear your costumes for extra fun, but it's not required. Candy Crawl maps will be available at Panorama Music House to see where you can stop to pick up candy. These maps will also be available on social media prior to the party so you can plan out your route before the event even begins.

    All that walking around for the Candy Crawl means you'll work up an appetite! Food trucks will be on-site, serving delicious food throughout the party. From pizza to tacos, you can enjoy all of the favorites. Take a seat and listen to live music performed by local Lake Charles bands as you eat.

  • Sponsors
    The Downtown Block Party is organized and hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association. Throughout the year, this organization hosts multiple block party events to bring the community together for a fun time in the downtown area.

Take a break from attending Lake Charles open houses, and attend the Downtown Block Party. It's a great way to meet other Lake Charles residents and support local businesses. Plus, you'll get a true feel for the area and the local events you can expect throughout the year!

If you are still looking for a place to call home in the area, contact us soon. Our Realtors® would be glad to guide you during your home search and help you find the Lake Charles home near all your favorite local events.


Halloween Fun in the French Quarter

French Quarter Halloween

If you're looking for fun things to do during the Halloween season, New Orleans is the place to be. The historic French Quarter knows how to party - which means there are tons of events you won't want to miss. After visiting New Orleans open houses, why not experience some of these Halloween events for yourself? Here are our favorite spooky happenings in the French Quarter between now and Halloween.

  • Krewe of Boo - 221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    This exotic and colorful Halloween parade through the downtown area has been a New Orleans tradition since 2007. Running this year on Saturday, October 22nd, it begins at 6:30 pm and goes through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. Not just a parade but an artistic achievement, Krewe of Boo has intricately designed props and sculptures and elaborately costumed characters that you have to see to believe.

  • Music Box Scare Fair - 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Run by the Music Box Village arts organization, the Music Box Scare Fair is an all-ages Halloween music experience. Taking place in their sonic sculpture garden, check out their musical architecture installations from local artists. Running October 29th from 3-9 pm, tickets are $12 for adults or $5 for children.

  • Creole Death and Mourning Tour - 1132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Held at Gallier House, a historic 19th-century townhome, the Creole Death and Mourning Tour provides an intimate look at Catholic mourning rituals among Creoles in the Victorian era, showing how the house was laid for mourning and what was done. The tour runs now through November 14th. There are morning and afternoon tours available, but the best are the 7 pm After Dark tours, which include wine afterward in the courtyard.

  • A Journey Through the City of the Dead - 501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
    This event runs throughout the year, but Halloween is the perfect time to go! Taking place at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, A Journey Through the City of the Dead is a guided tour through the graves. See the tomb of 19th century "Voodoo Queen" Marie Laveau, as well as the 9-foot Pyramid Tomb owned by Nicolas Cage. The tour shows you the "City of the Dead" up close and tells the stories of its residents. Tours leave every half hour, between 9 am and 3:45 pm.

  • Frenchmen Street Halloween Party
    Frenchmen Street
    is right up there with Bourbon Street when it comes to New Orleans nightlife. And on Halloween night, they host one of the year's biggest parties. There's no specific address for this one - just several thousand people in the street, having a blast. The party starts around 10 pm and continues into the night, with live music, entertainment, costumes, and more.

New Orleans has plenty to see and do year-round. And there are plenty of New Orleans homes for sale that will put you in the center of everything you want to do. If you're ready to make this area your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the right house for your needs.


Downtown Lafayette Upcoming Events

Lafayette Events

When we have clients looking at Lafayette homes for sale, we always get excited for them. Lafayette is such a wonderful community. One thing we love, in particular, is all of the community events the town holds throughout the year. Here's a look at some of the events coming up in downtown Lafayette this fall. There truly is something for everyone!

  • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Your tastebuds are in for a treat when you attend the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest on October 22, 2022, this year. Both festivals are taking place at the same time at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. 

    This event kicks off at 10:00 am. Culinary vendors include Acadian Slice, Bosco's Specialty Bites, Broaddus Burgers, Chop's Specialty Meats, and Kernis Louviere. In addition to great food, there will be carnival games with prizes, a bacon-eating contest, and live music on stage.

    Admission to the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest is free. You can purchase food-tasting tickets on-site at a price of 10 for $10. After you sample, you get to rate dishes, and your opinion will be taken into account when the dishes are judged.

  • Movies in the Parc; Wizard of Oz: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Movies in the Parc 
    is the perfect event for families with kids. On October 29th, gates will open at 4:00 pm at Parc International. You may enter and take a seat on the lawn; bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on. 

    The featured movie on October 29th is The Wizard of Oz, a classic that appeals to all ages. Admission is free, and there will be fun children's activities, including crafts and train rides, before the movie. Costumes are not required but consider dressing up like a character from the movie for some extra fun.

  • Rally for Rozas:  200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Take a break from attending Lafayette open houses, and spend a few hours at the Rally for Rozas. This event, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, is a fundraiser to support Officer Rozas. The officer was injured on the job in late August, and he is currently recovering at home. The funds raised will help pay his medical bills and support his family as he continues to heal.

    Rally for Rozas begins at 10:00 am. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will take the stage at 12:00 pm, followed by Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie. There will also be lots of delicious gumbo and other Louisiana favorites for sale.

    Tickets for the event are $15 each and include a gumbo tasting. 

  • Movies in the Parc; The Lion King: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    On November 12th, there will be another Movies in the Parc event at Parc International. This time, the featured film will be The Lion King. Admission is still free, and the gates open at 3:30 this time, which should allow for plenty of fun before dark.

    As usual, there will be some fun activities for kids before they play the film. Face painting and snacks will be available for an extra charge.

Which one of these events are you most looking forward to? If you're new to the area and are still looking for the perfect house to make your home, contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to help you navigate the market and make an offer.


BREC Fall Activities at Local Parks

Baton Rouge

If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, then allow us to introduce you to an awesome organization: BREC. BREC is an acronym made from the words "Baton Rouge" and "Recreation." This award-winning recreation agency not only maintains parks and entertainment facilities throughout the Baton Rouge area. They also host all sorts of fun activities throughout the year. Here are some of the top BREC activities our Realtors® recommend attending this autumn. 

  • Swamp Haunted Hike: 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Held at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Swamp Haunted Hike is an exciting alternative to haunted houses. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 14th, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Participants will gather at the trailhead, then head down the trail to discover snakes, insects, and other critters in a spooky environment.

    There is a charge of $6 per person to attend the Swamp Haunted Hike. This event is appropriate for children of all ages, but all kids must be accompanied by a parent. Feel free to wear your costumes for the event.

  • Tang Soo Doo: 7500 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you're interested in learning martial arts, register for Tang Soo Doo classes at Independence Community Park. There are classes scheduled for October 17th and 19th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Ages 6 and up are welcome, and there is a fee of $25 per month.

    Tang Soo Doo is a form of traditional Korean martial arts. In these public classes, the instructors will focus on teaching basic hand strikes, kicks, and blocks.

  • Craft Corner at the Swamp: 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Craft Corner at the Swamp is a fun event at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It's scheduled for November 4th and 5th between 9 am and 5 pm. There will be a small on-site admission fee. 

    At Craft Corner at the Swamp, you can participate in creating a wide variety of crafts. Follow along and make them on-site, or take home a kit to work on at home. Most of the crafts have a nature theme. 

  • Homage to a Hero: Jane Goodall: 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Take a break from looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, and paint a chimp in its natural habitat. Homage to a Hero is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, at 10:30 am. It honors Jane Goodall, a British primatologist known for her work with chimpanzees.

    This painting event, held at Milton J. Womack Park, is open to anyone age 8 or older. There is a $25 participation fee for residents of Baton Rouge. The painting should take about an hour and a half to complete. You do not need painting experience to participate.

  • Fall Fun Fest: 200055 Old Scenic Hwy., Zachary, LA 70791
    Fall Fun Fest 
    is an annual tradition and one of the best BREC events of the year. In 2022, it's scheduled for November 19th between 1 and 4 pm, and it will take place in Zachary Community Park.

    Stop by to enjoy carnival games, food, music, inflatables, and more. There will be lots of great prizes for the carnival games, and BREC is working to book some talented local musicians for the stage.

We hope you attend some of these events and come to love the Baton Rouge area as much as we do. If you're still looking for homes in the area, don't hesitate to contact us. Our agents will help you find the best Baton Rouge open houses and homes to consider.


Museums Your Kids Will Enjoy in Baton Rouge

Kids Museums

If you're moving your family to the area, our Realtors® know educational opportunities are around every corner in Baton Rouge.

After a full day of looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale or attending Baton Rouge open houses, your little ones may be hankering for a break. Around here, you'll have plenty of options for an educational outing full of fun and excitement. Some of America's leading kids' museums are just minutes away.

Let's visit just a few of the Baton Rouge museums kids are sure to love:

  • Preserve Louisiana – 502 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Headquartered at the site of the Old Governor's Mansion, Preserve Louisiana is a nonprofit educational organization that helps to maintain and manage historic buildings throughout Louisiana. In that effort, it offers guided tours through the Old Governor's Mansion as the cornerstone of its campaigns. Volunteers also work to organize other events like lectures and historical recreations throughout the year.

  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum – 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, the USS Kidd Veterans Museum is a family-friendly way to learn about World War II by touring Baton Rouge's very own "Pirate of the Pacific." The USS Kidd is one of just four Fletcher class destroyers still extant today and the only one that has been preserved in its original World War II service configuration, making it a unique learning opportunity for children of all ages.

  • Burden Museum & Gardens – 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Burden Museum & Gardens is a Louisiana State University facility with acre after acre of carefully tended gardens aimed at preserving the botanical uniqueness of the area. With 440 acres total, it is home to the award-winning LSU Rural Life Museum, plus the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Windrush Gardens. LSU's Rural Life Museum was recently named one of the "Top 10 Outdoor Museums in the World."

  • Knock Knock Children's Museum – 1900 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Knock Knock Children's Museum was designed from the ground up to feature interactive exhibits that will entice young imaginations. Open every day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is the place to go for learning through play. There are 18 themed "Learning Zones," and you can come and go throughout the day whenever it's convenient for your family. Knock Knock even hosts children's birthday parties.

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum – 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Louisiana Art & Science Museum is the state's flagship public museum and has one of the region's top art collections. "Family Hour Stargazing" is among the most popular attractions for young visitors, with Saturday sessions at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium teaching children about the stars and their constellations. There are dozens of exhibits to choose from, including some featuring Sesame Street.

Ready to move to an area that the whole family is sure to love calling home? Contact us to learn more about Baton Rouge real estate opportunities.


Celebrate Local Artists at the Gallery Promenade

Lake Charles Gallery

The Lake Charles area is lucky to be home to many talented local artists. Their work is featured in a number of galleries and shops — and you can also check it out at the upcoming Gallery Promenade. This annual event is a favorite among locals and is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with artists and galleries in the Lake Charles area. Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and admire art at this local event. Here are the key details to know before you attend:

  • Time and Date
    This year's Gallery Promenade is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022. It will officially last from 5 pm until 9 pm. However, in the past, some galleries and local restaurants have welcomed attendees a little later than this, after the festival is officially over.

    Fall is the perfect season for a gallery event like this one. The weather should be pleasantly cool so you can walk around all evening from gallery to gallery without getting too hot.

  • Location
    The Gallery Promenade takes place throughout Lake Charles. You can easily walk to some of the participating galleries right around the lake, but there are others a bit further out that you may prefer to drive to. Galleries in the area include Candice Alexander Art Studio, the magnificent Gallery by the Lake, and the Frame House Gallery.

  • Things to Do
    The key thing to do at Gallery Promenade is to visit the participating art galleries and admire the work on display. As you do so, you'll learn about many different local artists and their work. There will be some artwork for sale, so this may be a good opportunity to decorate your new home. You may also discover an artist whose work you want to buy later on. Some galleries will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

    There will also be some street displays set up during the festival. This is a good way to discover up-and-coming artists who don't yet have their work in the larger galleries.

    Another great attraction at the festival will be the food trucks. They'll be set up and serving food throughout Lake Charles during the event. Stop by and support a local business by buying delicious tacos, a burger, or some ice cream while you admire local art.

Gallery Promenade is a lot of fun, especially for art lovers. It's one of many lovely Lake Charles events throughout the year. Ready to move to an area full of local events and a great art scene? If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Our Realtors® will help you find Lake Charles open houses to attend as they guide you through the buying process.


Spend the Day in Downtown Alexandria


Looking for a great place to spend the day in Central Louisiana? Whether you're shopping for Alexandria homes for sale or just visiting for the day, you're sure to find plenty to love about downtown Alexandria. Our Realtors® have all of the details on some of the best attractions to enjoy while spending the day in downtown Alexandria.

  • Alexandria Museum of Art – 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Alexandria Museum of Art is the perfect place to start your journey because it combines art and history to showcase the best of downtown Alexandria. The museum is located in the Rapides Bank Building, which was constructed in 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum itself was founded in 1977, hosting 5 to 7 unique exhibitions each year that showcase both historic and contemporary art. It's also a popular place for special events, with everything from yoga classes to lectures on the schedule.

  • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center – 1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Do your artistic tastes lean more towards performance arts? Then the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is sure to have a show with your name on it. The venue seats more than 600 guests for live performances, including plays, concerts, recitals, musicals, ballets, and performances from the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. While it was built in 2004, the venue features the ornate, elegant atmosphere of a historic theater.

  • Arna Bontemps African-American Museum – 1327 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Arna Bontemps African-American Museum is dedicated to the life and work of poet Arna Bontemps, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance who was born in Louisiana. Located in the home where Arna Bontemps was born, the museum highlights his literary legacy, cultural significance, and early life in Alexandria. There are frequent events here throughout the year, and the museum is also part of the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail.

  • Louisiana History Museum – 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Interested in learning more about the history of downtown Alexandria? The Louisiana History Museum is dedicated to sharing the history of both Alexandria and Louisiana as a whole. It's home to one of the largest collections of historical artifacts in Louisiana, with more than 50 exhibits and displays for you to explore. Guided tours are also available, and admission to the museum is free.

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center – 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Another hub of the arts in downtown Alexandria, the River Oaks Square Arts Center hosts more than 30 resident artists and offers the unique experience of being able to watch those artists as they work. You can also enjoy a wide range of lectures, workshops, special exhibitions, and events here throughout the year.

Searching for a home close to all of these amazing attractions and so much more? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.


New Orleans Museum Month: Get to Know NOLA Museums

NOLA Museums

NOLA's vibrant history is showcased in a wonderful assortment of local museums. While these museums are great to visit during any season, August is New Orleans Museum Month. Throughout this month, if you're a museum member at one of the participating museums you get free admission to all the other local institutions participating in the month-long event.

Join our real estate agents in celebrating New Orleans Museum MonthWhile the list of participating museums still has yet to be revealed, let's take a look at some of the area's museums to prepare for August.

  • Contemporary Arts Center - 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Art spans a wide variety of disciplines, from painting and sculpture to music and dance. Contemporary Arts Center transforms a historic 30,000-square-foot warehouse into a showcase for modern art. The calendar features a wide range of events, programs, and activities with a focus on local and regional artists. CAC is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

  • Longue Vue House and Gardens - 7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Once the family home of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, Longue Vue House and Gardens stands as a fascinating testament to the civic and cultural history of New Orleans during the 20th century. With features such as central air conditioning, a photography dark room, and a below-grade basement, the house was ahead of its time. Noted garden designer Ellen Shipman curated each section of the grounds to provide a unique experience. Twilight at Longue Vue is a series of open-air concerts held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month during daylight savings time. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Lousiana Children's Museum - 15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Solve the kids' summer complaint of, "There's nothing to do!" with an entertaining trip to the Louisiana Children's Museum, conveniently located just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale. Interactive exhibits such as "Dig Into Nature," "Follow that Food," and "Move with the River" might make you wish you were a kid again. Thanks to steel drums, a binocular station, and other activities in the museum's "backyard," there's plenty of outdoor time as well. Themed weekly and monthly programs include Story Time, Plant and Play, and Community Kindness Project. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum - 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Eating is a topic that's near and dear to just about everyone's heart. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a stellar tribute to the unique culinary heritage of New Orleans and the South. SoFAB features an exhibit for each of the Southern states, along with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and a sub-museum dedicated to the history of the American cocktail. SoFAB is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum - 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Jazz is deeply embedded in the city's DNA. Another NOLA trademark, the historic Old U.S. Mint, now houses the New Orleans Jazz Museum. In addition to rotating exhibits such as "Drumsville: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat," the museum hosts multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Tour New Orleans homes for sale and start charting the course of your own history. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Trivia Nights in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Trivia

Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, enjoy a night out with friends, and maybe even take home some great prizes in the process? Some of the best bars, burger joints, and pizza parlors near Baton Rouge homes for sale offer regularly scheduled trivia nights where you can compete for prizes while enjoying great specials on your favorite menu items. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find trivia nights around Baton Rouge.

  • Mid Tap – 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd., Ste. D, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    With 48 self-serve taps, a full-service cocktail bar, and a delicious menu of bar bites, Mid Tap offers everything you need to enjoy a night out with your favorite people. There's also a busy lineup of special events every week, starting with an all-day happy hour on Mondays which includes trivia night beginning at 7:30 PM.

  • City Slice – 124 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The team at City Slice is known for serving up some of the best pizzas and craft brews in Baton Rouge. But did you know that they also offer delicious tacos? Tuesday Trivia N' Tacos is a regularly scheduled event at City Slice that kicks off every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Test your knowledge to compete for City Slice gift cards and enjoy some delicious tacos while you compete.

  • The Smiling Dog – 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    For the classic Baton Rouge pub experience, it's tough to top the atmosphere at The Smiling Dog. This local pub features pool tables, darts, a dog-friendly patio where you can dine outdoors, and plenty of TVs to watch all of the biggest games. Every Monday at 8:00 PM you can participate in the Pub Olympics, where you will compete in rounds of trivia, darts, and pool to win outstanding prizes.

  • Pluckers Wing Bar – 4225 Nicholson Dr. #101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    While it doesn't feature a weekly trivia night like some of the other entries on our list, the Pluckers Wing Bar Facebook page will keep you up to date on all of their latest trivia nights. Past topics at Pluckers Wing Bar trivia nights include Star Wars, HBO, Disney, and Sitcom Night, so this is a great place to visit if you love pop culture trivia.

  • Burgersmith – 3613 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Another great destination for pop culture trivia is Burgersmith, which features trivia at its Perkins Road location on Tuesday nights, and at its Denham Springs location every Wednesday evening. This summer will feature trivia themes related to some of your favorite classic TV shows, including The Office, Friends, and Seinfeld. Grab a gourmet burger and a cold drink, then let the fun begin.

  • Rally Cap Brewing Company – 11212 Pennywood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Trivia Tuesday is the name of the game at Rally Cap Brewing Company, which hosts trivia every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It's free to play every week, and the top three teams will win prizes from the bar. Doors open at 3:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to sample the craft brews and tasty food on the menu here.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the outstanding food and fun events around Baton Rouge? Our Baton Rouge open houses make it easy to find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Summer Events Coming to Jefferson Parish

 summer events

Summer is a season of celebration in Jefferson Parish, and our real estate agents want you to know all about it!

New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most desirable in Louisiana, and New Orleans open houses fill up many calendar dates. But no matter if you're interested in The Big Easy or one of its beautiful sister cities, Jefferson Parish always has plenty for you to see and do. The summer calendar is especially lively!

Let's look at some of the unforgettable events that are coming to the area this summer:

  • The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo – See Website for Location Details, Grand Isle, LA
    The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo bills itself as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, with a history dating all the way back to 1928. Taking place on the last weekend of July, it lures in anglers from all over the nation. There's plenty of family fun to be had for spectators, with crab racing for the kids, arts and crafts, contests, and all kinds of mouth-watering food options.

  • Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival – 4953 City Park Street, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067
    Hosted at the Jean Lafitte Auditorium, the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival celebrates an integral part of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cooking. Taking place on June 10 and 11, it will feature Grammy Award-winning musical performances as well as kayak rentals, carnival rides, swamp tours, and an art walk. And, of course, there'll be plenty of downhome Louisiana cooking for everyone to enjoy! It's a terrific celebration just minutes away from Lafitte homes for sale.

  • Uncle Sam Jam – 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70003
    Taking place on July 3 as a kick-off to local celebrations of the nation's birthday, Uncle Sam Jam is an annual tradition you won't want to miss. Taking place in beloved Lafreniere Park, the event is known for its outstanding live music. Always 100% free to residents and visitors of all ages, Uncle Sam Jam attracts leading local and national acts. Naturally, it's all topped off with an incredible fireworks show at 9 o'clock! It's just another wonderful reason to choose Metairie homes for sale.

  • Gretna Farmers Market – 739 Third Street, Gretna, LA 70053
    Gretna homes for sale benefit from the Gretna Farmers Market, one of the best places to find vegetables, fruits, and farm goods from the local area. In addition to all the delicious produce, the Market also delights with its Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month. The Market itself is open every Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m., no matter the weather.

  • The Dinner Detective – 2150 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062
    Lauded as "America's largest interactive mystery dinner show," The Dinner Detective takes place within the lavish surroundings of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel. With a wide range of showtimes, each taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., guests will experience the comedy action firsthand as anyone in the room could be drawn into the plot at any moment!

There's a lot to look forward to during the summer months, especially in the Jefferson Parish area! Contact us to discover more about Jefferson Parish today. 


Plan Ahead for the 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

Book Festival

Whether you prefer fiction, non-fiction, or a little bit of both, there's an upcoming event that you won't want to miss. The 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is scheduled for April 1 - 3, 2022, and is a favorite among local avid readers. It's one of the most exciting events for book lovers in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are happy to share some more details below.

  • What Is It?
    The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is a celebration of the work of Southern and Louisiana authors. This year, the theme is Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux's Hometown, and Great Southern Writers. Osha Gray Davidson, the author of Best of Enemies: Redemption in the New South, is also being honored as this year's Great Southern Writer. 

    While Davidson is the honored author for this year's festival, there are also many activities centered more broadly around literature that both readers and authors will enjoy.

  • What Activities Are Offered?
    In addition to lectures and literature, the festival will offer various walking tours, cooking demonstrations, and poetry workshops. There will also be a reader's theater where you can listen to various works being read out loud. The Jambalaya Cajun Band and Andy Smith Band will be playing live music for the crowd. Finally, there will be a special tribute to Ernest Gaines, the acclaimed author of Lessons Before Dying.

    This festival offers something for all ages. There will be several children's writing activities and workshops at the Parish Library and George Rodrigue Memorial Park. On Saturday, there's also a workshop on creating a Little Free Library, which will teach you everything from how to build the library to how to keep it stocked with books.

  • Where Is the Festival Held?
    The festival activities are being held at a variety of locations throughout historic New Iberia. You can see a complete list of activities and locations on the event website.

    Several lectures will take place at the Shadows-on-the-Tech Visitor's Center on Main Street. Sliman Theater is hosting most of the reader's theater performances, and Parish Library is hosting many author meet-and-greets and children's workshops. 

  • How Do You Buy Tickets?
    If you'll be in the area looking at Lafayette homes for sale or New Iberia homes for sale, then consider attending the festival while in town. Tickets are for sale on the event website, with several different ticketing options for attendees.

    You may purchase tickets for individual activities, or you can buy an all-inclusive package for $190 per person. The all-inclusive package gives you tickets to six separately ticketed events, along with free portions of the festival.

    Even if you don't want to buy tickets, there are plenty of free activities and performances you can participate in. All are welcome to listen to the bands and attend free workshops, such as the Little Free Library seminar.

Ready to write your own Louisiana story? If you happen to fall in love with the region while you're in town for the festival, don't hesitate to contact us. We can guide you in attending Lafayette open houses, helping you discover the perfect place to call home.


More Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras features so many fabulous parades that they can't be contained in one post! Here are more of the entertaining krewes that our real estate agents will be watching near New Orleans homes for sale

Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Cleopatra
    The exotically-named Krewe of Cleopatra celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012 by becoming the first all-female organization on the Uptown route. In honor of their namesake, the krewe's motto is, "Her beauty is timeless, her age is now ...  forever!" Starting off at the intersection of Napoleon Ave. and Prytania St. at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 18, the krewe will follow the queen's barge to the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras St.

  • Krewe of Ponchartrain
    Named for the area's iconic lake, the Krewe of Ponchartrain pays whimsical tribute to all things aquatic around New Orleans. Their memorable floats include Mr. Mudbug, the world's largest crawfish, as well as a giant fish called the Super Grouper. An eclectic list of celebrities, such as Allen Toussaint, Bart Simpson, and Irma Thomas, have served as grand marshals. The krewe's parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.

  • Krewe of Muses
    Taking a cue from their namesakes, the daughters of Zeus who provided artistic inspiration, the Krewe of Muses supports creative endeavors. Their signature throws are hand-decorated high-heeled shoes, and each year they host a design contest for local students, with the winning design featured on a throw cup. Krewe of Muses will be parading along the Uptown route at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.


  • Krewe of Endymion
    Krewe of Endymion is nearly as famous as Mardi Gras itself. During early morning hours, devoted followers begin staking out their spots, so they don't miss this "Super-Krewe" with 3,200 riders and 81 floats. Past grand marshals have included noted celebrities such as Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, and Carrie Underwood. On Saturday, February 26, save your place for a 4:15 p.m. start at the corner of City Park and Orleans, with the parade winding down at the Caesars Superdome. 


  • Krewe of Poseidon
    The spirit of Greek gods carries on through the Krewe of Poseidon, named after the god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. With 700 riders, they're one of the larger krewes on the Northshore. During their parade, members are known for tossing keepsakes such as tridents, doubloons, and medallion beads. This year's procession begins at the intersection of Berkley St. and Spartan Dr. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, ending up at the intersection of Gause and Kensington Blvd.

  • Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
    Looking for a parade where you can bring your best friend along? Put Fido's leash on and head out to see the Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne. Centered at Café du Bone Dog Bakery and Boutique, the krewe's dogs don festive attire and ride along the route in shopping carts, wagons, and strollers. Parade time is 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, beginning at the intersection of Ciruti and Robert St. and finishing on Carey St. 


  • Krewe of Tchefuncte
    The fun spills out onto the water when the Krewe of Tchefuncte launches their parade. All boaters are welcome on a first-come basis for a nominal registration fee. Set sail at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, in front of Salty's Marina. The route passes south to the Maritime Museum, where it loops around and ends on the north side of the Madisonville Bridge.

In NOLA, the fun and sense of community continues 365 days a year. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs or stop by one of our New Orleans open houses.


Start Training for the Louisiana Marathon

Louisiana Marathon

Whether you're already a dedicated long-distance runner or you're brand new to the sport, here's some news you'll be excited to hear: The Louisiana Marathon will be in town next month. This upcoming event is scheduled for January 15th and 16th. And yes, there will also be a half marathon, quarter marathon, and 5k race for those who aren't big fans of the 26.2-mile distance.

Put on your running shoes and experience Baton Rouge in a whole new way! Get to know more about the Louisiana Marathon with the information below and consider signing up for this upcoming event.

  • History of the Event
    The Louisiana Marathon was founded in 2012. The goal of the marathon was to encourage physical activity and a healthier lifestyle throughout the community. Over the years, the race has also become a way to celebrate Louisiana's culture, food, music, and many other traditions. The Baton Rouge community gets very involved in the race, with spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners. With a course route that weaves through the downtown area, and through the LSU campus, runners get to fully see and experience Louisiana's capital city.

  • Race Details
    The full marathon itself is scheduled for January 16, 2022. The gun will go off at 7:00 am, and the course will remain open until 2:00 pm, meaning runners must finish within 7 hours in order to have their official time recorded. The half marathon starts alongside the full marathon at 7:00 am, with the course remaining open until 2:00. Both the quarter marathon and the 5k take place one day earlier on January 15th. Both races start at 8:00 am with the finish line remaining open until 10:30. On January 15th, there will also be a marathon for kids beginning at 10:15.

  • Rules and Amenities
    The Louisiana Marathon does plan on having pacers for both the full and half marathons. These pacers should be visible in the start corral, and participants are asked to cede themselves between the pacers based on their projected finishing times. Strollers, rollerblades, and bikes are not allowed on the course, but runners will be allowed to wear headphones if they so desire. There will not be a virtual option for the race in 2022.

  • Registering for the Race
    Take a break from looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, and sign up for the race! It should only take a few minutes. The easiest way to register is to visit the Louisiana Marathon website directly. The registration fee for the full marathon is $150, and the fee for the full marathon is $140. You can also enter the quarter marathon for $55 or the 5k for $35.

  • Course Details
    The full and half marathon course starts and finishes in Arsenal Park. Runners then travel through downtown to Louisiana State University. After running past the stadium, they travel around the lake. Half marathon runners then work their way back to the start, and full marathon runners run a few more miles through downtown before heading north back to Arsenal Park. The Louisiana Marathon is known for its flat, fast course. Many choose it as their Boston Qualifier for this reason! 

Baton Rouge is a beautiful city, and our real estate agents know that running the Louisiana Marathon is a great way to experience this beauty. If you decide you want to move here, contact us to learn about our real estate services.


Plan Ahead for LUNA Fête 2021

Luna Fete

After "downsizing" last year to a series of smaller installations, LUNA Fête 2021 is spreading its wings across a spacious new location. What else can you expect from this year's edition? Our real estate agents share the exciting details about one of the more popular annual events around New Orleans homes for sale.

History and Purpose of LUNA Fête

LUNA Fête literally translates to "Moon Party," accenting the magical aura surrounding the festival. In addition, LUNA is an acronym for "Light Up NOLA Arts," which serves as a concise but descriptive mission statement for the event.

Founded in 2014, LUNA Fête blends light, art, and technology in a variety of creative and visionary installations. Original plans called for the festival to be a five-year program, building toward the finale celebrating NOLA's tricentennial in 2018. Thanks to unprecedented success, with more than 50,000 attendees each year, LUNA Fête became an annual event.

Another of the festival's goals is demonstrating the power of art to unite and transform communities. LUNA Fête activities include technical and artistic training opportunities for local artists. Over the past seven years, more than 200 New Orleans artists have participated in this event. 

All About the Art

Many of the world's top light- and projection-based artists have participated in LUNA Fête. Lights and sound animate their large-scale, interactive installations, turning them into full sensory experiences. 

The real showstoppers are the projection mapping installations. Simply put, this creative technique involves overlaying visual images onto objects. During LUNA Fête, the dramatic architecture of the city's historic buildings is transformed into canvases for artistic expression. Sophisticated technology makes allowances for 3D surfaces, such as columns and balconies, so they are incorporated into the overall image.

Visitors have long been delighted by some of LUNA Fête's memorable installations, including:

  • The inaugural event in 2014 set the tone by transforming iconic Gallier Hall, NOLA's one-time city hall, into a backdrop for fascinating images of Louisiana sights interspersed with swirling graphics.
  • DATAField, which premiered in 2017, was a groundbreaking work that explored public awareness, urban spaces, and place-making. This exhibit continues to be shown around the world, including a run at the European Cultural Center in Venice.

What's Happening in 2021?

This year, LUNA Fête proudly debuts its new location at the Convention Center Pedestrian Park. As NOLA's newest public space, the park's 7.5 acres will provide plenty of space for a variety of breathtaking installations.

The 2021 theme, "Celebrating Earth and Space," is anchored by a work from internationally award-winning artist Bart Kresa. The seven-minute piece, exploring the beauty of our planet, will be projected against the Convention Center's Hall D facade at the top of each hour.

As always, LUNA Fête offers a nightly arts market along with food and beverage vendors. Admission is free, but several levels of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Starting at $250, these tickets include perks such as access to the VIP Lounge, a secret speakeasy requiring a password for admission.

LUNA Fête runs from Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19. Hours are 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Immerse yourself in the cultural and creative energy of New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help finding your NOLA dream home.


Plan Ahead for the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

Baton Rouge Fair

If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, our real estate agents can help you find all the best things to see and do in the area. For instance, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is a tremendously fun event for both individuals and families, and locals look forward to it.

Last year, the fair was, unfortunately, canceled due to COVID. This year, however, it's back, running Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, November 7th. Anytime you go will be fun, but certain shows and attractions only run on certain days. Here's some of what you can expect, so you can plan your trip to the fair.


The first thing to know is how much a trip to the fair will cost you. Due to the nature of many of the rides at the fair, admission is based on height. Anyone under 48 inches gets in free. For fairgoers 48 inches and above, it's $5 Monday through Thursday, or $10 Friday through Sunday. Parking is free.

Once inside, however, in order to go on the rides, you'll need ride coupons, which are sold separately from admission tickets. Ride coupons are $1 each, but some rides may require multiple coupons to get on. Or, you can purchase a wristband for $25, which allows you unlimited rides on any attraction at the fair. Being that the fair has over 40 rides for all different age groups if thrills are your thing, this is probably the best option.

All stage shows, concerts, and other non-ride attractions at the fair are included in the price of admission.


Many of the shows and attractions will be at the fair every day. Magician Tim Spinosa performs hand magic with a variety of everyday items, though his skills at illusion and charisma in front of an audience ensure that no two shows are alike. Meanwhile, Washboard Willy performs unique rhythm and music, with the help of his audience. There's also a petting zoo, piglet racing, and more.

There are also a few concerts you'll have to plan ahead for. Bands like Careless Whisper, Old Sole Band, Justin McCain Project and Groupon Sensacion will be playing on the first weekend. Blue Crab Redemption, Rusty Yates Band, and others will be performing on different days throughout the week. 


One of the biggest draws at any fair is the food! The GBRSF has a variety of food stands and food trucks to choose from. Corky Westmoreland has rolled ice cream and slushies in two locations around the fair, while Jeremy Westmoreland has funnel cakes, nachos, corn dogs, and more, in three locations. And Roger Westmoreland has all the decadent fair food you've come to love and expect, from deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies, and pecan pie to turkey legs, pork chops on a stick, and more.

If you want to check out the food trucks, Smokin' Like Ya Like It has barbecue sandwiches, wraps, tamales, and their brand new Smokin' Spaghetti. Allo Girls Catering has golden chicken, hurricane fries, and banana pudding. And Jambalaya by Shake has gumbo, boudin balls, etouffee, and more!

And that's just a taste of the different food items the fair has to offer this year.

Want to live right near all the fair festivities? There are plenty of Baton Rouge homes for sale right near the fair. Contact us to help you get settled into the perfect home for you.


Local Events to Check out in Baton Rouge

Local Events Baton Rouge

Late summer and early fall are busy times for special events around Baton Rouge, with a variety of fun, local activities geared toward every taste. Whether you're interested in cooking, art, music, or fun activities that the kids will love, you will always have something fun to look forward to when you live in Baton Rouge. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 upcoming Baton Rouge events that you won't want to miss.

Local Events to Check Out in Baton Rouge

  • Summertime Peaches Leisure Class – Aug. 12, 2021 – 10550 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Enjoy a fun, unique cooking class close to Baton Rouge homes for sale when you attend the Summertime Peaches Leisure Class at the Louisiana Culinary Institute. This class celebrates the peach season by teaching you how to create some truly tasty dishes with peaches as the main ingredient. Settle in for an evening of teaching and delicious dining with chef Jeanne Mancuso, then bring home some recipes that you can use to celebrate peach season every summer.

  • Louisiana's Lionhearted Ladies: Championing the Right to Vote – Every Weekday through Dec. 17, 2021 – 100 North Blvd. at River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    The fascinating Louisiana's Lionhearted Ladies: Championing the Right to Vote will be on display at Louisiana's Old State Capitol for the rest of the year, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being passed. The exhibit delves deep into the experience of the many brave women in Louisiana who helped advance the cause of suffrage, dating back many years before the 19th Amendment was passed. Learn more about that history through fascinating stories, unique historic artifacts, and a variety of special programs at the museum.

  • The Boneyard: Ceramics Teaching Collection – Every Weekday through Oct. 15, 2021 – 100 Lafayette St., Fifth Floor Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    The LSU ceramics teaching program consistently ranks as one of the best in the country. The Boneyard: Ceramics Teaching Collection is a rotation exhibition that takes you behind the scenes of the creative process of visiting artists, ceramics instructors, and talented student artists. The Boneyard refers to the many collected works of bisque pottery used for teaching at the Shaw Center for the Arts, and this special exhibit features more than 200 bisque works for visitors to enjoy.

  • Shark Feeding at Blue Zoo – Every Wednesday (4:00 PM) & Saturday (2:00 PM) – 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite 1123, Baton Rouge, LA 70836
    Blue Zoo Baton Rouge is a great, family-friendly attraction located at the Mall of Louisiana, with Wednesday and Saturday afternoons being the perfect time to visit. Those are the days that Shark Feeding at Blue Zoo events take place, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with some of the aquarium's most fascinating creatures. This recurring event will be taking place for the rest of the year and is free with admission to the aquarium.

  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival – Sept. 18, 2021 – Downtown Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    A fast-growing blues festival that is now attended by more than 50,000 visitors annually, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one local event that music lovers definitely won't want to miss. The event is free for everyone to enjoy, with performances from both local blues legends and internationally known touring artists. This year's festival is headlined by local legend Robert Finley, with performances from more than 20 other artists spread throughout the day.

Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing events in Baton Rouge all year long? Let our local real estate team help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


NOLA Events Happening in 2021

NOLA Events

In 2021, the Big Easy is poised for an epic comeback with a return to the splashy festivals and celebrations. Our real estate agents are particularly looking forward to these great events coming up in the near future. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! 

  1. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - Various locations
    With its Cajun, Creole, and French influences, New Orleans cuisine is a world-famous tradition all its own. 2021 marks the 29th anniversary of the popular New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, with all proceeds supporting local culinary education. Take part in wine tastings, dinners, and interactive events showcasing dishes from top chefs and more than 1,000 wines from around the world. This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, through Sunday, June 13. Visit the website for schedule and ticket information.

  2. Hogs for the Cause - 333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
    What's summer in the South without BBQ? Hogs for the Cause is moving its annual two-day event to a roomy, 15-acre outdoor grassy space in Belle Chasse, just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale. Kick back with some tasty ribs, mac & cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, and dozens of other specialty items as you listen to top musical acts such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Proceeds benefit patients and families battling pediatric brain cancer. Dates are Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. Tickets start at $69.

  3. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from around the globe to attend the iconic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, affectionately known as Jazz Fest. This tribute to the food, music, and culture of the Crescent City is too much to be contained a couple of days, so it will be held the weekends of October 8 and October 15. Musical lineups at past events have included stellar names from all genres, such as Pitbull, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and Lady Gaga. Admission starts at $70, and tickets from the postponed April dates may be exchanged.

  4. French Quarter Fest - 600 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Another traditional New Orleans celebration pivots from spring to fall as the French Quarter Fest moves to Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3. While other festivals incorporate an eclectic approach to one extent or another, the French Quarter Fest proudly showcases local food, music, and culture. The opening day parade kicks off the family-friendly weekend that includes several activities for kids. While admission to the festival is free, you can purchase VIP tickets that provide access to perks such as elevated viewing stands, private bars and restrooms, a hospitality lounge, and complimentary snacks.

  5. Tales of the Cocktail - Virtual
    As the story goes, a 19th-century pharmacist in New Orleans was attempting to treat an upset stomach. The result, according to legend, was the first cocktail ever mixed. In honor of this proud tradition, the first Tales of the Cocktail event in 2002 was a walking tour of local bars. Today, Tales of the Cocktail has expanded to a global industry networking and education event that includes several activities for the public. This year's event will be held online to allow safe participation for all attendees. Dates are Monday, September 20 through Thursday, September 23.

Life is always a party when you live in New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs. 


Mardi Gras Online: How to Celebrate Virtually

Mardi Gras Online

Mardi Gras may look different in 2021 than it ever has before, but there's still plenty to be excited about during Carnival season this year. In fact, this is the perfect year to join the celebration from the comfort of home, and one enterprising krewe is even creating an app that will allow you to enjoy authentic Mardi Gras traditions no matter where you're located. With a mix of technology and tradition, you can create your own Mardi Gras celebration at home. Our real estate agents have some exciting tips, tricks, and ideas to help you celebrate Mardi Gras virtually this year.

  1. The "Throw Me Something Bacchus!" App Brings Mardi Gras to You
    The Krewe of Bacchus was not about to let Carnival season pass without a celebration, so they created an app that allows you to participate in their parade whether you live near New Orleans homes for sale or far away. The Throw Me Something Bacchus app is available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There will be activities every day throughout Carnival season, culminating with a big, virtual parade on Mardi Gras day.

  2. Trade Throws Virtually, Follow the Krewe, and Enjoy the Parade
    The Throw Me Something Bacchus app allows you to participate in the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras by trading throws virtually and even redeeming some of those virtual throws for the real throws that the Bacchus Krewe gives out at the parade. You can even follow the krewe members through the app to keep up with all of the latest Mardi Gras happenings. On the big day, the Krewe of Bacchus will be putting on a virtual parade with music, floats, and more, which you can enjoy live on the app.

  3. Set the Mood with Green, Purple, and Gold
    Looking to take your virtual Mardi Gras celebration to the next level? Whether you're decorating your home, dressing up for the celebration, or both, a little bit of green, purple, and gold go a long way! Those are the official colors of Mardi Gras, so they're perfect for setting the mood for your virtual celebration. Of course, there are also tons of Mardi Gras-themed decorations, beads, party favors, and more available online to help you capture that festive feeling.

  4. Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans with a King Cake
    No virtual Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without some great food to enjoy, so why not add some traditional treats to the menu? Start with a traditional King Cake, which you can bake at home with simple ingredients. The king cake is traditionally served only during Carnival season in New Orleans, so it's the perfect sweet treat for a virtual Mardi Gras celebration. And if you want an authentic King Cake straight from the city, some New Orleans bakeries will ship a cake anywhere in the country.

  5. DIY Masks for Family Fun
    The masquerade is an important part of Mardi Gras and a tradition that dates back centuries. Creating masks at home is a fun way to get the whole family in the Mardi Gras spirit and involve your kids in your celebration. Just pick up some simple paper masks, along with some beads, glitter, and some colorful feathers, then get busy creating your own Mardi Gras mask.

Searching for a home, you'll love so much that every day will feel like a party? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


Holiday Light Displays to Visit

Photo Courtsey of Paul Broussard

Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!

New Orleans

The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.

    • Celebration in the Oaks  |  City Park  |  November 26th – January 3rd (closed December 24th and 31st)
    • Supernova on the Greenway  |  Lafitte Greenway | December 9 - 20th 5 - 9pm Wed-Sun


    Baton Rouge

    Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.


    The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.

    • 18th Annual Holiday of Lights  |  21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville  |  December 6 – 14
    • Christmas Under the Stars  |  Griffith Park – Slidell  |  December 6 – 14
    • Bayou Christmas  |  Heritage Park – Slidell   |   December 18 – 23

    Mississippi Gulf Coast

    These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!

    • Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival  |  Jones Park – Gulfport  |  November 29 – December 31
    • Christmastime at Beauvoir  |  Beauvoir  |  December 20 – 23
    • Christmas on the Water Boat Parade  |  Biloxi  |  December 7

    Lafayette Nightlife For Your New Year's Eve

    Lafayette Nightlife

    When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve, people in Lafayette know how to party! 

    New Year's Eve marks one of the biggest parties of the year, so why not celebrate in style? Go out on the town and party all night at these local venues.

    Let's visit some of the top places for Lafayette nightlife where you can kick-off 2020 in the best way possible! 

    • The Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
      The Wurst Biergarten is known and loved as the first restaurant of its kind in Lafayette. A top-ranked place to relax with a beer and enjoy good conversation, its robust selection includes a variety of beverages from across Louisiana and around the world. This downtown fixture also features classic German pub food and an authentic European setup.
    • The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Boulevard #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
      Found in beautiful River Ranch, The Tap Room has a warm pub atmosphere with food, drink, and sports among friends. Chili cheese dogs, Reubens, and pastrami are joined by a handful of surprises like the delicious banh mi. You'll enjoy the enticing array of rotating taps and the seasonal mix of both foods and cocktails. The Tap Room is also heavily involved in local charities.
    • Blue Moon Saloon & Guesthouse –  215 East Convent Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Every day is a party at this saloon! Blue Moon is known far and wide for its weekly Cajun Jam, which takes place on Wednesday evenings. There's always someone new to meet at the Blue Moon, recognized as one of the 100 Best Bars in the South. If you're in the area for New Year's Eve, consider celebrating at one of the best bars in the South.
    • The Greenroom – 229 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The Greenroom is a place to sample local craft brew selections while shooting a game of pool or playing some fast-paced foosball. Pieces by local artists adorn the walls, and there's always something going on. Trivia nights, karaoke, and theme parties liven up the event schedule along with live music and – of course – holiday get-togethers such as New Year's Eve.
    • Artmosphere – 902 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Ring in 2020 at a venue that offers an artistic spin on Lafayette nightlife. Artmosphere can best be described as a neighborhood bar, meets an art gallery, meets a cozy music venue. Not only can you get a great drink at the bar, but you can also take in some of the art on display or check out the local shows going on. Perfect for Lafayette residents who love supporting local artists!

    New Year's Eve or any time of the year, Lafayette has plenty to offer.

    If 2020 is the year you plan on looking at real estate in the area, we can help you search among the Lafayette homes for sale. Maybe next year, you'll be hosting your own New Year's Eve party!

    Contact us to find out more. Our REALTORS® look forward to assisting you in 2020! 


    Holiday Events in NOLA You Don't Want to Miss

    NOLA Holiday Events

    The holiday season is bound for the bayou, and our REALTORS® want to tell you about all of the uniquely NOLA festivities happening around town. Here are few family-friendly Cajun holiday events to put on your schedule.

    1. Jingle Bugs — Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 | Dec 14
      At the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, there are plenty of creatures to celebrate the season. Their Jingle Bugs event features a Gumdrop Scavenger Hunt, holiday treats, face painting, magic shows, a visit from Pupa Noel, and storytime with Santa Claus. These wonderful kid's activities are included with general admission and present an interactive, educational holiday experience for little ones.

    2. Teddy Bear Tea — The Roosevelt New Orleans 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19 - 24
      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Roosevelt for Teddy Bear Tea. Elves will have delicious food and pastries ready for kids, as well as a few special drinks for parents. Seats will surely fill up for this elegant celebration, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!

    3. New Orleans The Polar Express Train Ride — Union Passenger Terminal 1001 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113 | Dec 9 – Jan 1
      The Polar Express is a classic Christmas story, and now families in New Orleans can hop aboard this magical train ride throughout December. Children will relive the Polar Express story with a read-along accompanied by cookies and hot chocolate. Santa and his helpers will then hop aboard the train for caroling and photographs.

    4. Cajun Holiday Tea With Papa Noel — Spanish Plaza Wharf 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | Dec 14 – 15
      Instead of jumping on Santa's sleigh, join Papa Noel on the Creole Queen Steamboat for holiday tea atop the Mississippi. This Cajun cruise is filled with children's activities like magic shows, storytime, and face painting. Kids and adults alike can enjoy festive treats and teas with Papa Noel— and even hold a live alligator! Celebrate the season the Cajun way with Papa Noel's two-hour-long cruises.

    5. Candyland Christmas Show & Breakfast With Santa — Deanie's Seafood Restaurant French Quarter 841 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 7 - 8 and 14 - 15
      The Candyland Christmas Show hosted by Deanie's Seafood Restaurant is a holiday celebration you'll only find in NOLA. Take a fun visit to Candyland for face painting, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs. Kids can take their photos with Santa Claus and Deanie's Pincher, the Crawfish. With a full breakfast buffet and adult beverages available, this playful morning celebration will easily become your next family tradition.

    Would you like to spend every holiday in NOLA? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best New Orleans homes for sale.  


    Where to Celebrate the New Year in Baton Rouge

    New Years in Baton Rouge2019 was a fantastic year around Baton Rouge. Whether you are celebrating a new job, new family member, or still searching for the best of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to settle into, there are plenty of reasons to party. 

    1. New Year's Eve Under the Stars - Tsunami Sushi - 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 7080
      What's better than a tsunami of sushi and champagne at midnight? We can't think of anything, and this New Year's Party is the perfect opportunity to fill up and let off steam at Tsunami Sushi. The evening will feature a 5-course meal, champagne, and one of the best buffets and cash bars in the city. VIP table reservations are recommended, but you are still guaranteed to have a great time with a general admission ticket to this talk of the town terrace party.

    2. 4th Annual Ryan Foret Tradition New Year's Eve Party - Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 Saint Landry Rd, Gonzales, LA 70737  
      Grab the kids and get ready to have some fun at the 4th Annual Ryan Foret Tradition New Years' Eve Party. This family-friendly event will start at 8 pm and go into the early morning hours. There will be plenty of soda, jambalaya, and fun to be had as the live band sets the beat for an evening everyone will enjoy. Those who wish are invited to BYOB as there will not be a cash bar on-site.

    3. Pants Party - L'Auberge Casino & Hotel - 777 L'Auberge Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
      Those who get the most out of life are those who live it by the seat of their pants. If you want to be a part of the hottest party in Baton Rouge, then don't wait to get tickets to the Pants Party at L'Auberge Casino. This year's soirée will feature multiple bands that will have your toes tapping 'till dawn. There will be a stunning light show that organizers guarantee will leave you in awe. At $40 a ticket, it is the hottest ticket on the bayou. 

    4. Roaring 20's New Year's Party- Lyceum Ballroom, 124 3rd St, Baton Rouge, 70801
      One of the best things about New Year's Eve is taking a look back at where we've been. It is a great way to see where we're going. You can do just that at the Roaring 20's New Year's Party on January 1st, 2020. It has been 100 years since the roaring 20's swept across America. Much has happened in the century since. However, one thing remains the same; folks still look back to the 1920s when they want to know how to plan the wildest party in town. Space is limited, so get your tickets for this much-anticipated event before the sequins dry on your flapper dress.      

    Our REALTORS® encourage you to contact us for more information about the many sights, attractions, and events you can enjoy around Baton Rouge. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you discover the many reasons residents celebrate living in this jewel of the South.  


    Darlene LeBlanc - Million in a Month October 2019


    New Orleans Nonprofits to Support This Giving Tuesday

    New Orleans Nonprofits

    New Orleans may be a large city, but it also shares many similarities with small communities. Residents love giving back to local causes, by volunteering, providing funds, and donating needed items to non-profits. Giving Tuesday is the perfect chance to get involved with local charities by donating money, time, or both. There are so many local causes to choose from, and our real estate agents have the details on New Orleans non-profits that you can support on Giving Tuesday.

    1. Animal Rescue New Orleans – 271 Plauche St., New Orleans, LA 70123
      Animal Rescue New Orleans is a local organization is focused on rescuing abandoned and homeless pets in the city, then finding them a new, happy home. Animal Rescue New Orleans is always in need of financial donations to support the cause, and you can also volunteer your time at the shelter.

    2. Green Light New Orleans – 8203 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
      Dedicated to green living and helping households become more energy-efficient, Green Light New Orleans is a great place to give back to the community. Green Light creates a healthier New Orleans by providing homeowners with efficient solutions for lighting, irrigation, gardening, and home energy use. You can donate your time, provide needed items to help with energy efficiency, or donate funds.

    3. Community Visions Unlimited – P.O. Box 24821, New Orleans, LA 70184
      Do you believe in the power that art has to help rebuild communities? Then consider contributing to Community Visions Unlimited on Giving Tuesday this year. Community Visions Unlimited partners with local communities to revitalize neighborhoods with unique public art. Your donation helps carry on the rich tradition of public art in New Orleans.

    4. Rebuilding Together – 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      With a focus on revitalizing communities by improving the quality of life for low-income homeowners, Rebuilding Together does excellent work throughout New Orleans. Rebuilding Together is all about helping homeowners with tough maintenance tasks, from scraping and applying paint to drywall work, cleaning, tiling, landscaping, and even installing appliances. This organization is always seeking financial donations and volunteers for projects around the city.

    5. Healthy Gulf – P.O. Box 2245, New Orleans, LA 70176
      Love spending time on the waterfront, or exploring local wetlands? Healthy Gulf is dedicated to keeping those spaces healthy and beautiful for future generations to enjoy. This organization works on a wide range of tasks, including defending wetlands, protecting local water sources, conserving marine life, resisting dirty energy sources, and sustaining coastal communities.

    6. High Voltage Youth Camp – P.O. Box 4224, New Orleans, LA 70178
      High Voltage Youth Camp
      is a local non-profit serving the New Orleans area for more than 25 years by providing educational and recreational programs for kids in need. These camps offer a safe, empowering environment where kids can learn, play, and connect with their community. Even a small donation makes a big difference.

    Giving back to the community is a priority for so many residents, which is one more reason why New Orleans is such a fantastic place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout New Orleans.


    Distinctly New Orleans - 10 Traditions Only NOLA Locals Understand

    Distinctly New Orleans

    Even if you've never visited the city before, you've likely heard a thing or two about why New Orleans is such an amazing place to call home. Thanks to its strong sense of community and storied history, New Orleans has developed a ton of traditions and characteristics. Our REALTORS® love helping you get to know New Orleans, and we've put together 10 traditions only NOLA locals understand.

    1. Life Here Moves at Its Own Pace
      Calling New Orleans home means taking time to stop and smell the roses, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. The pace of life here may be a bit different from what you're used to, but locals know New Orleans moves at its own speed.

    2. You Don't Always Need a Car to Explore the City
      NOLA is a city of neighborhoods, with few steep inclines and plenty of room to maneuver on a bicycle. You don't need a car to see the city, and traveling by bike is often the perfect way to explore your neighborhood.

    3. Festival Season Never Ends
      Did you miss the last big festival in New Orleans? Don't worry! Festival season never ends in the city, and there's always another big event coming up.

    4. Some of the Best Performances Happen on the Street
      New Orleans is home to legendary bars and performance venues, but they're not the only place you'll see live performances. Street performers are all around in New Orleans, and you never know what you'll see.

    5. A Sno-ball Is the Perfect Treat on a Summer Day
      Looking for the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day? Head to a local stand to try a New Orleans sno-ball, a sweet, icy treat to keep you cool when the weather turns toasty.

    6. Every Home and Building Tells a Story
      When you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, you're sure to have plenty of interesting options to choose from in the city. New Orleans is filled with unique, historic homes loaded with character and inspired architecture.

    7. You Can Spend a Lifetime Exploring the Local Dining Scene
      New Orleans has always been a cultural melting pot, and that diverse cultural mix has created one of the world's best culinary scenes. There's no end to the local Creole, Cajun, and soul food spots you can explore.

    8. Everyone's a Saints Fan During Football Season
      You don't have to love football to live here, but you may find yourself cheering for the Saints on fall Sundays all the same. The city loves its NFL team, and every Sunday is a party.

    9. A Compass Isn't Very Useful in New Orleans
      New Orleans is a large city, with curved, winding streets and a layout that doesn't lend itself to giving typical directions. You'll rely less on the cardinal directions, and more on local landmarks to navigate.

    10. Parades Aren't Just for Mardi Gras
      Mardi Gras is, of course, a fantastic time to live in New Orleans, but you don't have to wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a parade. From Second Line parades to weddings, there's always a fun, festive parade happening.

    While there are many different local traditions to enjoy in New Orleans, there's one thing everyone agrees on – this is a great place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.


    The Largest Beer Fest in Louisiana! - NOLA on Tap

    NOLA on Tap

    New Orleans celebrated Oktoberfest a bit early this year. NOLA on Tap, the largest beer fest in Louisiana, returned to the city for its 10th year of hop-filled fun, September parties. The festival featured a stacked lineup of music, more than 400 craft beers from around the country, great food, carnival games, prizes, and so much more. It's a great place to learn about the craft brewing scene in New Orleans, and sample unique flavors brewed from coast to coast. Our REALTORS® love local events, and we've recapped NOLA on Tap in 2019 and what you can expect for next year.

    Date/Time: September 21, 2019 

    Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds – 4 Friedrichs Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124

    • Sample the Best Craft Brews and Fantastic Food at NOLA on Tap
      NOLA on Tap offered the perfect place for locals to explore craft beers from around the country, with more than 400 local and national brews available on-site. Attendees got to sample the best that NOLA has to offer, from home-brewed creations to products from local craft breweries. There were also many local food vendors serving up all of your favorites, and a few dishes new to the festival.
    • A Full Lineup of Live Music 
      Beer? Check. Great food? Check. Now, all that's left is dancing! There was plenty of live music to enjoy all day long. Shows were all free with admission to the festival and took place on outdoor stages. Performances included local and national artists throughout the day.
    • Fun Festival Games and Prizes
      Attendees had the opportunity to participate in fun festival games and win some great prizes. There were also a variety of competitions during the festival, where you could win some new gear to take home.
    • Explore the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to visit a variety of excellent local parks, and the New Orleans Park Festival Grounds are a great example of why that's the case. This large, open park is the perfect place for big festivals, with beautiful, tree-lined fields and tons of space for NOLA's biggest parties. Events like NOLA on Tap are part of what makes life in the city so special, and they wouldn't be possible without an amazing city park system.
    • NOLA on Tap Is a Dog-Friendly Festival
      This event was a completely dog-friendly festival, and you'll find plenty of friendly pups hanging with their owners around festival grounds. Dogs could even participate in the Barktoberfest competition at NOLA on Tap. Proceeds from the festival benefited the Louisiana SPCA, so this is an animal-friendly event all around.

    Fun festivals and delicious drinks are simply part of life in New Orleans, and now is the perfect time to shop for a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.


    Fall Events Around Baton Rouge 2019

    Baton Rouge Fall Festivals

    Welcome fall in Baton Rouge with your friends and family at one of these annual Halloween events. Our REALTORS® love perusing pumpkin patches, hanging out on hayrides, meandering through corn mazes and savoring the splendor that autumn brings. Cooler months in Baton Rouge are a wonderful time of the year to enjoy outdoor fun and festivities. If you'd like to celebrate the harvest season with us, we invite you to attend one of these Halloween events around Baton Rouge.

    1. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze & Pumpkin Decorating — 4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 | Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 | Special Night Maze on Oct 26
      Looking for the perfect place to pick and decorate a pumpkin? Head over to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and have an afternoon of family-friendly fun. They've got pumpkins for decorating, farm animals for petting, corn mazes, zip-lines, hayrides and much more!
    2. Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race & Tough Pumpkin Challenge — 305 South River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Oct 19
      Think you're a tough pumpkin? The Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Race and Tough Pumpkin Challenge is unlike any other 5K you've done before. Not only is it 200 feet longer than a normal 5K, but you're also challenged to complete the run while carrying a pumpkin! Race passed the best Baton Rouge homes for sale and see if you're truly the toughest pumpkin in town! Additional prizes will be awarded for the runner wearing the best costume.
    3. Boo at the Zoo — 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807 | Oct 19, 20, 26 & 27
      Are you ready for a scary good time at the zoo? Grab the kiddos and go to BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo during the final two weekends of October for a treat without the trick. The Enchanted Swamp in the Otter Cabin takes you on a magical walk around the boardwalks. A not-so-scary Hay Maze challenges you to find your way through while the EdZooCation Station will host a hands-on animal extravaganza.
    4. Haints, Haunts and Halloween at LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens — 4600 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 | Oct 27
      Return to your roots at the LSU Rural Life Museum for their Haints, Haunts and Halloween event. This short afternoon old-fashioned country fair will host plenty of fun for the whole family. Kids can trick or treat around the property, enjoy storytime, and play exciting games.
    5. Zombie Pub Crawl Through Downtown — 275 S River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Oct 18
      Adults looking for spooky fun that involves spirits of a certain kind will love the Zombie Pub Crawl through downtown Baton Rouge. Join a horde of your undead neighbors, friends, and family members as you scour the streets looking for brains and booze. For a small fee, you can even have zombie makeup applied to your face an hour before event check-in.
    6. 7th Annual Ghostly Gala — Capitol City Event Center, 6955 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 | Oct 25
      Prepare yourself for Baton Rouge's most creative night of wicked fun! The annual Ghostly Gala returns to give you a hauntingly good time! Wear your costume and bring your food or beverage for a night of excitement. There will be a costume and table decorating contest, blacklight dance party, palm reader, silent auction, raffle, grab bags and door prizes, and plenty of fun games for adults only! Proceeds from the Gala benefit children throughout the community.

    Looking for the best Baton Rouge homes for sale where you're only footsteps away from the best Halloween events in the city? Contact us today, and we'll help you with your search!


    2019 Southern Decadence Festival

    Southern Decadence
    Every year on Labor Day weekend, New Orleans shows its pride with one of the biggest parties on the planet. The Southern Decadence Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ event in the city, with a fantastic weekend of events for all to enjoy. There will be dancing, drinks, live music, and great times all weekend long, with tons of parties at popular LGBTQ spots throughout the city. The Southern Decadence Parade, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, is the keystone event, and it's one party you definitely won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from the Southern Decadence Festival in 2019.

    Location: The French Quarter, New Orleans
    Date/Time: Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2, 2019
    Admission: Free Events on the Street – Weekend Passes Available for Nightly Parties Indoors

    • The History of the Southern Decadence Festival
      The Southern Decadence Festival has become one of the city's biggest, best-known events, and it started from humble beginnings. In 1972, a group of friends living just outside the French Quarter organized a costumed going-away party for a member of their group. There were 40 or 50 people at the first event, and it was a huge hit. Over time, the festival became more organized and attracted a larger audience. Today, it's the biggest gay party in New Orleans and an event that's known around the world.

    • Free Events on the Street
      Put on your most decadent costume and head for the streets to enjoy a weekend of fun with friends new and old. Most of the festival takes place on the streets of the French Quarter and is free to attend. There will be food, drink, live music, dancing, and much more all weekend long. Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street, with Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy all taking the stage.

    • Nightlife at Southern Decadence
      This is NOLA, so you won't be surprised to learn that Southern Decadence is an around-the-clock party. Head from the streets to the most popular nightlife spots in the French Quarter for a weekend of unforgettable events. Dance the night away, enjoy your favorite drinks, participate in truly unique contests, listen to sets from the best local DJs, and enjoy special guest DJs from around the world.

    • The Southern Decadence Parade
      While the whole weekend is one big party, there's no doubt that the Southern Decadence Parade is one of the biggest highlights of the festival. Don your decadent gear and head to the starting point at the Golden Lantern. The parade is lead by Grand Marshalls, who may follow the planned route but have been known to take a few detours. This decadent, fun-filled parade is a fantastic event, whether you're watching from the streets or participating in the parade yourself.

    • A Full Weekend of Fun
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy every minute of the festival. The fun at Southern Decadence starts on Thursday at midnight with the Welcome Party and continues throughout the weekend. While most of the festivities are free, there are some paid events at local nightlife spots during the evenings. You can pick up tickets to individual events, or grab a Weekend Pass to ensure that you won't miss a thing.

    The Southern Decadence Festival is one of the biggest parties in New Orleans every year, and a fantastic example of the inclusivity and community that all residents of the city enjoy. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


    Baton Rouge Free Concert Series Live After 5 Fall Lineup

    Baton Rouge Fall Concerts

    Live After 5 Concert Series in Baton Rouge

    When our REALTORS® show clients Baton Rouge homes for sale, they're often asked about the area's social scene. We could spend all day talking about the great dining and entertainment options in Baton Rouge, but one of our favorites is the Live After 5 Concert Series

    This free, family-friendly event is guaranteed fun plus a great way to get to know your new neighbors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of it. 

    What is Live After 5?

    Live After 5 is a community event sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. It's held for six weeks every spring and fall and is the largest free concert series in the city. The event attracts over 5,000 people every weekend. The crowd always enjoys unwinding after a long week, and you can expect to see lots of singing, dancing, and smiles. 

    In addition to great music, you'll also find local food, adult beverages, art vendors, and a kid's area complete with an obstacle course. Bring a blanket or chairs so you can relax and enjoy the evening, but leave your pets, coolers, and tents at home. 

    Getting There

    Live After 5 is held at North Boulevard Town Square on Friday nights from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. There's plenty of free street parking in the area. 

    The fall season will begin on September 20th and continues each Friday through November 1st. If the last season is any indication, we're in for a treat! It featured popular performers including Chase Tyler Band, Werewolf, Rebirth Brass Band, and River City Hit Squad. 

    About the Downtown Business Association

    The Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization funded by members. It's the only organization that represents all downtown businesses. Their mission is to encourage economic growth and cultivate downtown's community culture. The Live After 5 Concert Series supports this goal by attracting thousands of visitors both from the city of Baton Rouge and nearby areas. 

    The DBA also provides members with support in a variety of ways, including sponsoring business networking events throughout the year. 

    We know that the community you live in is just as important as the home itself. While we're helping you find your dream home, we'll also introduce you to some of the best things to do nearby. Contact us to get started touring some of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale in our area.


    New Orleans' Red Dress Run

    Red Dress Run

    No matter where you see it or who's wearing it, a red dress always has a way of catching the eye. So surely you might notice when thousands of people hit the French Quarter for a day of running, music, and drinks wearing red dresses. And the event would stand out even more if half of the people wearing those dresses were men! Well, that's the idea behind the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans, hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. The Red Dress Run is one big party that supports great causes, and our REALTORS® have the details on how you can get involved in this unique NOLA event this year.

    The Event: Red Dress Run
    Date: August 10, 2019
    Location: Crescent Park – Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117

    • Hit the Streets in Your Finest Red Dress
      Or any red dress, really. The Red Dress Run is a full day of outdoor fun, with drinking, dancing, and even a bit of running, so it's good to wear something comfortable. That goes for the men, too! Running is optional, but a red dress is not. Everyone participating in the Red Dress Run will be rocking a red dress, so don't be surprised when you see guys shopping in the dress section. Veteran runners suggest skipping sequins, and anything else that would make a dress uncomfortable on a hot summer day.

    • The Fun Starts at Crescent Park
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy the run, which starts at Crescent Park and continues through the French Quarter in a sea of red. While the run includes thousands of participants, you won't find too many people actually running at full speed. Most people keep a comfortable pace in the general direction of the finish line, with a focus on not spilling the drink in their hand. You'll find plenty of fantastic, local beer along the route, and the party continues long after you cross the finish line. Best of all, your registration entitles you to unlimited food, beer, and music all day long.

    • Raise Money for Charities at the Red Dress Run
      The Red Dress Run is the perfect opportunity to have some fun in the city and to raise money for charitable causes. The run has raised more than $1 million over the years for local causes, and you can choose to make a tax-deductible donation when you sign up. All proceeds from the run also go to charity.

    • Excitement for Participants and Spectators Alike
      The Red Dress Run is a fun event for spectators, too! Even if you're not participating, you can stake out a prime spot along the route, grab a cold drink, and watch the action. Cheer on the runners, and enjoy a party that lasts all day long.

    • Learn More about the New Orleans Hash House Harriers
      Participant in the Red Dress Run can run, walk, or dance their way to the finish line, with the organizers encouraging participants to enjoy the festivities on their own terms. That fits the outlook of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who bill themselves as a "drinking club with a running problem." You're welcome to try for a personal best or wander your way to the finish line with a cold drink in hand.

    The Red Dress Run is a fantastically fun event, and it's just one taste of the unique experiences awaiting you in New Orleans all year long. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


    Satchmo SummerFest Celebrates New Orleans Native Louis Armstrong

    Louis ArmstrongSummerFest Takes Place August 2 - 4

    In a city with more than its share of local legends, there's no doubt that Louis Daniel Armstrong – aka Satchmo – owns a special place in New Orleans history. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential people in the history of jazz, as a trumpeter, composer, and dynamic live performer. That's why every year in the heart of summer New Orleans honors Armstrong's many cultural contributions with Satchmo SummerFest, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate Satchmo, and we've got all the info you need to enjoy Satchmo SummerFest this year.

    The Event: Satchmo SummerFest
    Dates: August 2 – 4, 2019
    Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint – 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

    • Three Days of Live Music
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy live music anytime, but even by NOLA standards, Satchmo SummerFest features a ton of great music. The festival includes three packed days of live music, from local, national, and international artists. Performances start around noon each day and last well into the evening. There will be three stages open throughout the festival, so you can stake out all of the action at one stage or bounce around to catch your favorite artists.

    • Fantastic Food and Delicious Drinks at Satchmo SummerFest
      Spending the day exploring, dancing, and singing along is sure to help you work up an appetite, and you won't have to go far to sample some great local cuisine. Satchmo SummerFest features food from some of the most popular spots in the city, with Cajun cooking, comfort food, and so much more. Of course, there will also be plenty of drinks to enjoy, including cocktails, wine, and beer from some of the biggest names in New Orleans.

    • Family Fun at Pop's Playhouse
      Satchmo SummerFest is designed to be an event that the whole family can enjoy, and Pop's Playhouse is the perfect place to keep younger members of the crowd entertained. At Pop's Playhouse, families will find opportunities to create art, experiment with musical instruments, participate in STEM activities, create decorations, and learn more about the legacy of Louis Armstrong. If you're looking for Pop's Playhouse, head to the second floor of the Jazz Museum throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    • Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade
      It wouldn't be a Satchmo celebration without a proper second line parade, and the Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade is always one of the highlights of SummerFest. Experience a true New Orleans tradition, starting with a Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The parade starts after the mass, proceeding from the church to Armstrong Park, before heading toward the festival. Walk the route with your favorite crew, or pick the perfect spot to watch the parade go by.

    • History and Learning at the Satchmo Legacy Stage
      While music, drinks, and dancing are always a priority at Satchmo SummerFest, learning is never far behind. At the Satchmo Legacy Stage, you'll have the chance to learn from some of the most prominent Louis Armstrong scholar in the world. The stage features three full days of discussions on a wide range of topics, including Satchmo's influences, roots, music, and history as a composer.

    Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the unique history, culture, and music of New Orleans? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.  Our team is here to help.


    Julie Watson - Million in a Month June 2019


    4th of July in New Orleans

    New Orleans July

    Our real estate agents are looking forward to July 4th.  Are you?

    When you explore New Orleans homes for sale, you get an unexpected perk: A front row seat to some of the best Independence Day festivities anywhere in the United States.

    NOLA locals know how to throw a party, and July 4th is one of the biggest there is. You can expect food, fun, and ... of course ... spectacular fireworks.

    Check out these amazing things to do on July 4th weekend in New Orleans:

    1. Essence Festival – 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
      On the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival, you'll have the chance to enjoy some of the hottest musical acts around, all right from the comfort of the legendary Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New acts hit the main stage each day of July 4th weekend, including Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly. It will be truly unforgettable!
    2. Happy 3rd of July at City Park – 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      Sprawling out on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn is the Happy 3rd of July, the warm-up act for July 4th. This free event will wow you with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans playing the 1812 Overture, America the Beautiful, and many more. There'll be concessions available and plenty of fun giveaways. It all starts at 7 p.m., with fireworks kicking off at 9.
    3. Firework Photography Workshop – 4514 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
      Have you ever wondered how photographers manage to take the most beautiful night shots of exploding fireworks? Firework Photography Workshop will teach you all the insider tips and tricks. Not only will you learn exactly how to photograph fireworks, but you'll also practice your skills in a VIP viewing area from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4th.
    4. Go Fourth on the River – 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      The premier annual 4th of July fireworks display in and around NOLA is Go Fourth on the River. Fireworks will be shining in the night sky from 9 p.m. on both sides of the majestic Mississippi River. There's no fee to view all the action from anywhere throughout the riverside. A medley of patriotic songs will be playing, aided by the event's custom smartphone app.
    5. 4th of July Celebration Cruise – The Mississippi River
      If you want to make your 4th of July truly unique, consider joining the 4th of July Celebration Cruise aboard the paddle-wheeler Creole Queen! There's no better seat in the house for the famed "dueling barges" fireworks show than right out on the water. As a guest, you'll enjoy a buffet, live entertainment, and an open call bar. The views simply cannot be beaten.

    You'll have plenty to celebrate when you make your big move to New Orleans. Our team will simplify the process thanks to our years of New Orleans real estate expertise and responsive customer service. By next July 4th, you could be celebrating in style from the Big Easy.

    It all starts with a single call or click.

    Contact us to find out more. We look forward to helping you soon.


    Living in New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood

    New Orleans homes for sale and Marigny area homes for sale are some of the top real estate finds here in Louisiana. Although living anywhere in "The Big Easy" is a treat, the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is something unique: It has a rich history as New Orleans' second suburb.

    Let's visit and take a look at this wonderful place to live in New Orleans.

    When You Think "New Orleans," Think of Marigny

    New Orleans is known for its history, music, and food – and Marigny has it all.

    Outside of the French Quarter itself, you're unlikely to find a more iconic expression of the true New Orleans. It has developed into a cosmopolitan and singles-friendly neighborhood while still retaining the authentic flair that harkens back to its roots in the 1800s.

    A flight of residents left Marigny quiet in the 1950s, but the Creole and Classic Revival-style cottages that were left behind are now being restored in record numbers. Historic businesses, such as bakeries and general stores, have also been repurposed as homes.

    The Arts Scene is Flourishing in This Historic Neighborhood

    Meanwhile, larger spaces – such as warehouses – have been transformed into artists' studios and performance spaces. Today's Marigny has a lively and vibrant art scene that draws on the area's past. When you visit, you'll see the difference in doing New Orleans as the locals do.

    That's right: You don't have to hit Bourbon Street to enjoy Creole cuisine and jazz. The jazz clubs in and around Marigny tend to have a more intimate atmosphere. You can find a show and a delicious dinner any day of the week, but it's easy to take things at your own pace at the same time.

    Long story short, you will always feel welcome here!

    Faubourg Marigny is at the Crossroads of Everything

    The watchword of real estate is "location, location, location" ... and Marigny has it!

    The Marigny neighborhood is relatively small, about seven by ten blocks in all, bordered in the south by Crescent Park and the Mississippi River. That means you'll only be a short walk from the French Quarter on one side and the Bywater neighborhood on the other.

    A word deserves to be said about Bywater, which is often spoken of in the same breath as the Marigny area. It is known as a thrilling place to explore thanks to its remarkable trove of traditional architecture. New meets old thanks to the trendy and experimental bars and eateries.

    And, of course, the French Quarter needs no introduction. The heart of New Orleans history is also one of the most legendary tourist districts in the whole United States. When you want to sample the revelry and bon vivre of this "crown jewel," it'll always be available to you.

    Explore Faubourg Marigny for Yourself with Help from Our Team

    Our real estate agents are waiting for the opportunity to help with your New Orleans journey.

    With our blend of local experience and unbeatable customer service, we make real estate easy for you. From finding your dream home to a successful closing day, we'll be there for you.

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    How to Spend Fathers Day in Baton Rouge

    Father's Day Baton Rouge

    Sunday, June 16 is one of the biggest days of the year: Father's Day!

    Our REALTORS® decided to take a little break from showing the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to compile a short list of things you can do to celebrate Dad on Father's Day. When you explore the historic city of Baton Rouge, you'll find something for every type of father.

    Let's look at five of the best ways to enjoy Father's Day in Baton Rouge this year:

    1. Walk-On's – 3838 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar has been named one of the top sports bars in the United States, and it lives up to that reputation! Dad will have a unique experience here. Every dish is made from scratch, from the traditional gumbo to the seared ahi tuna, wraps, and burgers. It's a great place for a festive family dinner – and, of course, you'll always see the game playing on the big screen.
    2. Tin Roof Brewing Company – 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      Tin Roof Brewing Company is just one of the many local breweries you'll discover dotting the Big Easy. Dad can sample plenty of fresh, local options made from the best malts, freshest hops, and well water right from the parish to give it that unique Baton Rouge flavor. In addition to the five regular brews, there's always a seasonal brew on tap. Live music happens every month, too.
    3. The USS Kid – 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      What could be better for Father's Day than visiting a living piece of history docked right in the Mississippi? The USS Kid dates back to 1945 and has been lovingly restored to its original appearance. When you drop by, you can inspect 50 different interior spaces or take the standard 90-minute tour. You'll also want to peruse all the full-scale replicas in the Veterans Museum.
    4. Audubon Golf Trail – 18460 Santa Maria Parkway and Throughout Baton Rouge
      The Audubon Golf Trail is a collection of top quality golf courses all around Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. It's a fun-filled way for dad to hit the links and practice his putt in a wide range of luxurious, well-kept surroundings. To get started right in the heart of the city, check out the Santa Maria Golf Course, one of the top-ranked municipal courses in the United States.
    5. 2019 Father's Day 5K and 10K Race – (Just About) Anywhere in Baton Rouge
      The 2019 Father's Day 5K and 10K Race will mark the continuation of a proud Baton Rouge tradition. This is its sixth year in action! But it's not a traditional race: It's a virtual one. You pick the course and complete your race any time in June, then report your time to the organizers. At least 15% of each race registration will go to help disabled children build confidence and character.

    Spend a little time in Baton Rouge and the city is sure to grow on you. With a little help from us, Dad could be spending Father's Day 2020 doing DIY projects in the home he's always wanted.

    Contact us to find out more. The best Baton Rouge real estate awaits!


    2019 New Orleans Oyster Festival June 1

    Oyster FestivalWhen you're buying one of our New Orleans homes for sale, there are three things that you should know: food, music, and fun come with the territory.

    Our real estate agents are here with an upcoming event that takes in all three, the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

    Event: The New Orleans Oyster Festival
    When: June 1 - 2, 2019
    Where: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 7013O
    Admission: Free

    Whether you like to slurp 'em, shuck 'em, or sauté them, if you are a fan of the majestic mollusk, then the New Orleans Oyster Festival is for you. The weekend celebrates Louisiana Gulf Oysters and the people who farm and serve them. It also raises money for organizations which focus on coastal restoration and oyster habitat.  

    Lip-Smacking Fare 

    Besides mounds and mounds of oysters, you will have an array of other food choices from New Orleans' best seafood restaurants, including Desire Oyster Bar, Dragos, and Royal House Oyster Bar. You can eat oysters in whatever form is your favorite: grilled, fried, broiled, and of course, raw on a cracker with a touch of horseradish sauce. There's also line up of music and some fun oyster-based contests. 

    Shucking and Slurpin' 

    You may love your oysters, but you have never seen oyster eating like those who compete in the World Oyster Eating Championship. Professionals come from across the country to compete in this slippery contest. Last year's winner ate 33 dozen Louisiana oysters in 8 minutes. That's a lot of mollusks. 

    Of course, to eat those oysters, you first have to free them from their shells. That's where the P & J Shucking Contest comes in. Experts shuck as many oysters as they can in two minutes. Last year, the winner shucked 20 oysters, to tie the competition record. 

    And finally, oyster farmers will compete to see who has the largest mollusk. One year, a 3 pound 4-3/8" oyster won the prize. Wonder if that gets served on the half shell?

    Art on a Shell 

    The festival also features some of the best in oyster-themed art around. You can find crafts from a range of vendors. Maybe a nice Southern scene painted by a local artist is just the thing for your home. Or check out the oyster jewelry or picture frames which are sure to add a NOLA flare to your decor. There are even oyster plates, forks, spoons and knives for sale.  

    So, mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend and get ready to pay homage to a true New Orleans festival where scrumptious food, toe-tapping music, and funky art converge to win the day.   

    Contact us to find a home in one of our Crescent City neighborhoods and make New Orleans fun part of your everyday living. 


    Bayou Country Superfest Returns to Baton Rouge

    Kenny Chesney
    Grab your boots, pull on your jeans, and mark your calendar for a weekend of no shirt, no shoes, no problems. For ten years, Bayou Country Superfest has brought together some of the biggest names in country music over Memorial Day weekend. This year SuperFest returns to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, after spending two years in the New Orleans Superdome. It's events like Superfest that make shopping for Baton Rouge homes for sale a great idea. 

    Headliners Rockin' Tiger Stadium

    For two fabulous days, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Kane Brown, Chase Rice, and Cassadee Pope among others. Chesney is sure to fill Tiger Stadium with songs from the 20 albums he has recorded over his storied career. He has sung his way to the Top Ten Singles 40 times with 29 of those songs reaching number one, including Til It's Gone, Wild Child, and of course, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems. Chesney's live shows regularly sell out, so Saturday's SuperFest crowd is in for a fantastic night. 

    Baton Rouge Countryfest Headliners

    Sunday, Jason Aldean will take the stage. Known for songs like Big Green Tractor, When She Says Baby, and Tonight Looks Good On You, Aldean boasts 19 number one hits, with eight others reaching the top ten. He has been named the ACM Entertainer of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His latest album, Rearview Town, debuted in 2018.

    Baton Rouge Countryfest 2019

    Talent Upon Talent 

    Other artists featured over the weekend also promised to bring a Stetson-worthy show.  

    • Chart-topping Florida Georgia Line will be showing off tunes from their newly released album Can't Say I Ain't Country. FGL has a shelf-full of awards, including CMT Music Awards 2018 Performance of the Year, and Billboard Music Awards Top Country Duo-Group Artist.
    • Cassadee Pope was the first female winner of The Voice in 2012 and has released such hits as One More Red Light, and her newest, If My Heart Had A Heart.
    • Kane Brown was the first artist to have number ones on all five main Billboard country charts at once. His hit single What ifs was released from his first full-length album, Kane Brown, in December 2016. He released his second album in November 2018. 
    • Dan + Shay is one of country music's newest duos. They started as songwriters in 2013 and quickly become both a songwriting and music team. They have performed on The Ellen Show and the Grand Ole Opry, and have been opening numbers for Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.

    Entire Weekend Experience

    To make the weekend complete, make time to go to Fan Fest where fun and food come together to create a huge tailgating experience. If you like to take your home on the road, your RV is welcomed at Bayou Country Superfest as well. There's RV parking in Touchdown Village, and special parking passes for those wishing also to bring a car. For hotel options and travel packages, check out the event's website.  

    After a fun-filled weekend, it may be time to make Baton Rouge your home. Our REALTORS® are experts at putting all the notes together that will have you two stepping your way through the buying process. Contact us to start your search for Baton Rouge homes for sale.


    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Begins April 25

    Jazz Festival
    Jazz was born in New Orleans, and that musical heritage continues every day in the streets, bars, and stages of our vibrant city. But once a year, it all comes together in one place, along with hundreds of thousands of locals and lucky visitors. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a NOLA tradition for half a century, and this year's 50th-anniversary festival promises to be another must-see, must-hear, multi-stage spectacle. As you browse New Orleans homes for sale, browse the festival lineup too to learn exactly why NOLA is the only place for a music lover to live.

    Do you have your tickets yet? Here's what you need to know about the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

    The Jazz Fest Lasts for Two Long Weekends

    Can't make the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Don't worry; you have ten whole days of music and culture to experience. The festival starts on Thursday, April 25, and runs through the weekend before starting back up on Thursday, May 2, for another four-day weekend of fun. Each day features rotating lineups on one of several music stages throughout the Fair Grounds Race Course, as well as designated tents for gospel, blues, and even kids.

    Jazz Legends Join Forces with Top 40 Superstars

    These days, Jazz Fest isn't just about the jazz. While the best of the best local and international jazz musicians will be on stage every day, the headliners also include a who's who of pop, rock, R&B, rap, bluegrass, and folk superstars. From Herbie Hancock and Mavis Staples to Katy Perry and Jimmy Buffet, this year's lineup truly embraces the anniversary theme, bringing together decades' worth of hits from different genres and places.

    Louisiana Cuisine and Culture Take Center Stage

    NOLA's cultural heritage is the real star of Jazz Fest, and some of our most beloved traditions revolve around food and fun. During Jazz Fest, stop by the Louisiana Folklife Village to watch locals sculpt Mardis Gras floats, forge iron balconies, knit shrimp nets, and more. After soaking up a few centuries' worth of proud NOLA traditions, fill up on gumbo, crawfish, and frozen drinks at one of the festival's many food and beverage areas. While you're at Jazz Fest, there's never a good reason to be bored, hungry, or thirsty.

    Ready to sell or buy a home in New Orleans? Our real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding an agent, listing your property, or buying a new home that will have you hearing music every day.


    2019 Cycle Zydeco - Lafayette, LA

    Cycle Zydeco

    It's almost time for the festival season in Lafayette, with warm weather, fabulous food, and lifelong memories waiting around every corner. So what could be better than a "festival on wheels," which allows you to tour many of the popular local festivals, attractions, and historic sites in the region? The 2019 Cycle Zydeco festival is your chance to do just that, with fun-filled days of biking, sightseeing, delicious dining, culture, and camaraderie. This popular, local event is coming up at the end of April, and our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from Cycle Zydeco in 2019.

    Lafayette's 2019 Cycle Zydeco: A Festival on Wheels

    The Event: Cycle Zydeco 2019
    April 24 – 28, 2019
    Admission: Register Early Online

    Celebrate Cajun and Creole Culture with Lafayette's "Festival on Wheels"

    Cycle Zydeco is a race in one sense, but for most participants, the true race is getting from one attraction to the next. So while cycling is naturally part of the package, seeing the sights – from Lafayette homes for sale to local attractions – is a huge part of what makes the event special. It's a festival on wheels, and you'll even have the chance to visit other festivals along the way.

    • Two Route Options Each Day
      Thinking of participating in Cycle Zydeco, but not experienced with cycling? There are two route options each day: the main route, which is typically around 38 miles, and the long route, which checks in at 62 miles or more. It's a casual ride, so you don't have to race for a top time, and there will be plenty of support along the way.
    • A Four-Day Casual Cycling Festival
      Cycle Zydeco is known as a casual cycling festival because the riding is only part of the package. You can certainly push for a top time or try to achieve your personal best, but there's no pressure at all. If you want to take your time, soak in the sights, and enjoy some fantastic food, you'll have plenty of company doing the same.
    • The Priorities of Cycle Zydeco
      Yes, cycling makes the list, but you might be surprised where it shows up. Festival organizers suggest that you eat, drink, and dance at every stop along the way. By the time you cycle to the next destination, you'll be hungry, thirsty, and ready to start the fun all over again.
    • Cajun and Creole Cuisine
      Cycle Zydeco is also a celebration of Cajun and Creole cultures, which means that you can expect to sample some of the best food and drink in Louisiana throughout the event. Every day will take you to a new destination, where food, drink, culture, and history await.
    • Explore Local Attractions, Music, and Events
      When organizers call Cycle Zydeco a festival on wheels, they're not kidding. Throughout Cycle Zydeco 2019, you'll have the opportunity to visit other unique, local festivals. Stops include the popular Festival International de Louisiane, along with the New Iberia Spanish Festival. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt, with clues scattered along the routes that make up Cycle Zydeco. Even when you're not stopping at another festival, every stop during Cycle Zydeco is a chance to listen to some of the best live music in the area, while sampling Cajun and Creole cuisine.

    Cycle Zydeco is an excellent chance to explore the culture, history, and attractions that make Lafayette such an excellent place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    Celebrating Easter in New Orleans

    Easter in NOLA

    New Orleanians celebrate Easter Sunday much the same way we do everything else--in a big way and with style.

    Easter in New Orleans is a special time in our city.  For many families, the day begins with traditional church services. Then, the day's celebrations move on to food, fun, and, of course, Parades.

    Our REALTORS® are here with highlights about where to attend Easter mass, enjoy brunch, hunt Easter eggs, and watch parades when you buy one of our New Orleans homes for sale.

    • Easter Sunday Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116-3291
      Do you want to step into colonial Catholic history and observe Easter Sunday the traditional way? At St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, Roman Catholic Easter celebrations last for nine whole days. Attend Mass in this historic church any day during Holy Week, which kicks off with the Blessing of Palms at 5 PM on April 13 and culminates with the Mass of the Risen Christ at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM on April 21.

    • Easter Brunches
      Dining out for Easter brunch is a common tradition across the country, but our restaurants in the Big Easy elevate it to new heights.  New Orleans restaurants showcase choices ranging from waffles in a whiskey sauce to omelets overflowing with shrimp--or even crawfish.  Check out this insider's guide for the best places in the city to make a reservation.

    • Bunnyfest 2019, Lafreniere Park 3000 Downs Blvd. Metairie 70003
      The Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise hosts its spring festival for families and children.  It is sure to be jam-packed with food, fun, and bunny rabbits!  Come to Lafreniere Park, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Friday, April 19th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for egg hunts, balloon art, a bunny hop sack race, face painting, games and more.

    • Easter Parades
      Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, New Orleans
      From Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St) to St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley)

      Around 11:00 am on Easter Sunday, costumed revelers start their parade down the famous French Quarter. This annual event includes mule-drawn carriages, old convertibles, and marching bands. Stick around at 1:00 pm to see festive floats full of Krewes and local businesses.

      Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade
      From the corner of St. Louis and Royal to St. Louis and Royal Street at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
      Entertainer Chris Owens slips into the role of Grand Duchess and leads Easter paraders through the historic French Quarter. The festivities begin at 11:00 am at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom with a Hat Contest, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. In true New Orleans tradition, the parade comes complete with colorful floats, brass bands, bead throws, and Easter trinkets.

      The Gay Easter Parade, 828 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Organized by the city's LGBT community, The Gay Easter Parade is an annual New Orleans tradition where all are invited to attend raising money for Food for Friends.  The parade begins at 4:30 pm on Easter Sunday as horse-drawn carriages, floats, and revelers in everything from seersucker suits and Easter bonnets to colorful costumes and leather parade through the French Quarter during the evening. 

    Relocating to New Orleans? At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know how important it is to find a home you'll love. Contact us to turn your egg hunt with a house hunt.


    Baton Rouge Louisiana Earth Day April 28

    Earth Day in Baton Rouge
    The beauty of the bayou and the rolling waves of the mighty Mississippi are Louisiana's most famous sights. Located not much more than a stone's throw from anywhere in Baton Rouge, these natural landmarks seem magical. 

    For generations, the bayous and rivers that course through the region have provided plenty of grist for the writer's mill. They have served as a powerful force driving the state's economy forward. These realities are never far from the minds of the folks at Louisiana Earth Day, Inc. and our real estate agents who make their own homes in the region. 

    Celebrate Earth Day 2019

    This year's celebration will take place at the LSU Parker Coliseum on April 28 from 1 pm to 5 pm. It is free to attend, and plenty of parking is available. There will be ample food and lots of fun activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. This Earth Day at LSU is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about the region's ecology.

    Earth Day is an opportunity to discover more about the many critters and creatures that depend on the health of the habitats around Baton Rouge. You can discover what to do when you are toe-to-toe with the four-toed salamander or learn how to spot a submerged manatee. Event organizers promise plenty to learn and something for everyone to enjoy. 

    Challenges Facing Louisiana

    Louisiana is battered by hurricanes and bruised by pollution. There are numerous environmental issues facing the state as the 21st century moves forward. Sea levels are rising, the shoreline is eroding, and garbage is flowing through the Mississippi. Over the past 100 years, nearly 2,000 square miles of coastline have vanished beneath the waves. The loss of coastline poses enormous challenges and has changed the disposition and distribution of nutrients, sediments, and freshwater within the wetlands and bayous.    

    Learn More About the "Master Plan"

    Legislators aren't sitting on their laurels as Louisiana slips beneath the waves. In 2012, the legislature passed the "Master Plan." This plan will inject tens of billions of dollars in funding to repair the coastline and protect regional habitats. As the plan enters the next phase, these efforts are showing positive results.

    In all, there are more than 100 projects which are scheduled to receive more than $50 billion in funding over the next 50 years. These projects include funding for the EPA Superfund Program in Louisiana. This program aims to clean up toxic sites. The plan also addresses the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone which threatens the regional fishing economy. 

    When you celebrate Earth Day 2019 at LSU, the staff of Louisiana Earth Day, Inc. will tell you all about the plan to brighten Louisiana's future. They are eager to discuss the things you can do at home to help preserve the delicate balance between progress and environmental protection.        

    Our real estate agents invite you to contact us to learn more about the beauty of Baton Rouge and to schedule showings of the fabulous Baton Rouge homes for sale awaiting you. It would be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you discover the many reasons that Baton Rouge is the perfect home for your family. 


    New Orleans Events: French Quarter Festival April 11

    New Orleans French QuarterAt Latter & Blum, our real estate agents make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

    It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

    Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming this April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

    The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

    Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

    The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

    With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

    The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

    The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

    Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

    Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

    For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

    On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

    Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

    To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.


    NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019 - a Tasty New Orleans Treat

    NOLA Crawfish
    Delicious seafood and live music are ample all year long in New Orleans, but they come together in a very big way every spring. At Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS®, our real estate agents know that moving to a new city is much easier when you have events to look forward to, and the NOLA Crawfish Festival is definitely worth the anticipation. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale this spring, mark your calendars and stop by Central City BBQ to experience this fun tradition too.  

    So, what's in store for you at this year's festival? From Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1, do all these things and more at the NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019.

    Taste Crawfish Boiled by the Crawfish King

    Ready for a brush with New Orleans royalty? The Crawfish King himself, also known as Chris "Shaggy" Davis, will be on site boiling thousands of pounds of fresh crawfish throughout the festival. This South Louisiana legend brings his authentic NOLA tastes to festivals throughout the country, but you get him in his own backyard.

    Of course, the King only boils fresh catches, and crawfish are only in season through early summer. The Festival is your chance to celebrate crawfish season and indulge in the bounty of spring.

    Enjoy Three Days of Live New Orleans Music

    Want to live in a musical city? It's no surprise that the birthplace of jazz is still teeming with talented local musicians, and this spring is a great season to discover some new favorites. This year, the NOLA Crawfish Festival will feature a three-day lineup of local musical acts, including the lively Soul Brass Brand, the creative Samantha Fish, and "swamp funk" four-piece The Iceman Special.

    If you love keeping up with local bands and trying new live music venues, get your groove on at Central City BBQ. A surprising mix of genres and sounds, this lineup makes it easy to get to know New Orleans and its music scene.

    Compete to Cook the Tastiest (or Eat the Most) Crawfish

    Of course, the Crawfish Festival isn't a spectator-only tradition. If you want to immerse yourself in the crawfish theme, try cooking or eating it competitively. Two big competitions – the Crawfish Cookoff and the Crawfish Eating Contest – are the main attractions at this festival, and you'll get a trophy and bragging rights if you take top honors.

    Ready to show off your cooking skills? Find a partner, and compete with 19 other two-person teams for the title of Badass Boiler Champs. Prefer to indulge as much crawfish as possible? Apply to enter the eating competition, and try to eat the most crawfish in ten minutes. Everyone who enters gets free admission to the festival.

    Are you ready to buy a house in New Orleans? The NOLA Crawfish Festival is one of many fun, tasty traditions you could start observing as a resident of our beautiful city. Contact us to find a real estate agent who can help you get started.


    Baton Rouge Entertainment: Live After Five Begins April 5

    Baton Rouge Live Music
    When our real estate agents take a break from showing clients the best Baton Rouge homes for sale, they love to relax and unwind while enjoying the city's excellent live music scene. Every spring, locals, and visitors flock to downtown Baton Rouge to attend the area's premier seasonal music event series, Live After Five.

    The free concerts, which are hosted by the Downtown Business Association, draw crowds of over 5,000 music lovers every week. The 2019 spring series kicks off on Friday, April 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. in North Boulevard Town Square. The lineup has just been released, and it might be the best one ever! Here's a round-up of this year's incredible talent. 

    • April 5th: Chase Tyler Band
      Opening night promises to be a hit with the Chase Tyler Band playing country and southern rock music. Expect a large crowd and a high-energy performance featuring Tyler's unmistakable rich, smooth vocals.  
    • April 12th: Chris LeBlanc and Friends
      A mainstay in the Louisiana music scene for more than 20 years, Blues and Rockband Chris LeBlanc and Friends never disappoint. After touring across the United States and Europe and performing with bands like ZZ Top, Vince Gill, and Hank Williams, Jr., they're thrilled to be coming back to Louisiana to perform for you. 
    • April 26th: River City Hit Squad
      The River City Hit Squad brings an entirely new experience to downtown as they perform hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and more. Plan to dance the night away as these seven popular performers come together to bring you a variety of musical styles including Soul, Funk, Pop Rock, Hip Hop, and Modern Alternative. 
    • May 3rd: Werewolf (Super-Event with Crawfish Cook-Off) 
      You won't want to miss the Super-Event on May 3rd when popular 80s band Werewolf rocks the stage alongside the 6th Annual Crawfish King Cook-Off. Dust off your 80s-themed costume and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable evening! 

      Make sure you purchase your tickets to the cook-off ahead of time so you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat crawfish and help choose the winner! 
    • May 10th: Mike Broussard & Night Train + Van and Grace Broussard
      Enjoy a taste of Louisiana's Southern music traditions with Mike Broussard & Night Train + Van and Grace Broussard. There will be plenty of dancing as crowds enjoy the band's performances of Old Rock 'n Roll, Country, Swamp-Pop, R&B, and Old Soul. 
    • May 17th: Rebirth Brass Band
      Grammy-award-winning Rebirth Brass Band began playing together in 1983 and has since played at music festivals worldwide. You'll love the combination of traditional brass band style and plenty of hard funk that gives this band a modern twist. Their performances are always a hit among concert-goers of all ages. 

    Tips for Getting There

    When you come to the event, make sure to bring your dancing shoes and leave your pets, tents, and coolers at home, as they're not allowed. The event is located at City Hall Plaza Crest Stage, 100 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Look for street parking or grab a spot at the Third St. garage.

    Are you interested in learning more about what makes Baton Rouge a great place to live and work? We would love the opportunity to show you around! Contact us today to schedule a meeting. 


    In the Heart of Breaux Bridge Louisiana

    Breaux Bridge
    Are you looking to move away from the fast-paced, stressful big-city life and into a real community? If so, you may want to consider looking into Breaux Bridge homes for sale. A small city, rich in history and tradition, Breaux Bridge is the sort of place where neighbors know your name and people put down roots. So what is so special about Breaux Bridge? Spending a little time in the heart of Breaux Bridge – it's beautiful and historic downtown – is a great way to find out, and here is a taste of what you can expect to find there.

    World Famous Cuisine
    Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capital of the World, so no discussion of its cuisine would be complete without a hearty nod to this local treat. Restaurants in this lovely little city were the first in the country to offer crawfish proudly on their menus, and Breaux Bridge is the place where the now world-famous dish, crawfish etouffee was created. It is famous for its crawfish farming and cooking, and for its famous for its annual crawfish festival, which is recognized as one of Louisiana's finest festivals. While crawfish is certainly a staple in Breaux Bridge Cuisine, its local eateries have lots more to offer. The city's large collection of restaurants that serve up authentic Southern Louisiana Cajun and Creole fare make it a destination for foodies from all over the country and the world.

    Zydeco Music
    Breaux Bridge is also known as the gateway to Southern Louisiana culture, and Zydeco music – and Zydeco dancing – is very much a part of that culture. With its roots deep in Bayou country, Zydeco music is a unique blend of Blues, R&B, Native and Creole sounds. No Zydeco band would be complete without the region's unique instrumentals, including the accordion and scrub board, backed by electric guitar, bass, and drums. Whether lyrics are sung in English, Cajun French or a combination of both, there is no mistaking the sound of Zydeco music, sounds that are unique to this very special part of the world. Breaux Bridge has a wealth of clubs and venues that provide hours of Zydeco music and dancing for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.

    Beautiful, walkable streets
    Breaux Bridge has been deemed the prettiest town in Louisiana, a well-earned distinction. From the famous bridge for which the city was named, to its lovely, beautifully preserved downtown streets, lined with quaint antiques shops and boutiques, taking a stroll through Breaux Bridge is rather like stepping back in time to a more peaceful, community-focused era. Then, just steps away from downtown, the stunning views and abundant wildlife of Bayou Teche, spanned by the famous Breaux Bridge, are on display, rounding out the experience that this warm and welcoming little city has to offer to both residents and visitors.

    To learn more about Breaux Bridge and the many reasons it is a wonderful place to live, contact us. Our real estate agents are happy to help newcomers learn about and feel at home in our community.


    French Quarter Festival April 11

    French Quarter Festival
    At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

    It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

    Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

    The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

    Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

    The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

    With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

    The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

    The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

    Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

    Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

    For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

    On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

    Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

    You can get more information at the official French Quarter Festival website.

    To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.


    Louisiana Living: Discover the Best of Abbeville

    Abbeville Louisiana
    There's something special on the Louisiana Bayou, and it's surrounded by a rich heritage, scenic views, and friendly people. If you have yet to discover all that's waiting for you in Abbeville, our real estate agents are happy to show you around. With so much to see and do, our REALTORS® have created a handy insider's guide to help you discover our favorite Abbeville experiences.

    Discovering Our Favorite Things About Living in Abbeville

    • Best Place for an All-Around Abbeville Experience: Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast
      Let's face it — after a few minutes strolling around Abbeville, you'll want to make the most of your stay and spend the night. Skip the highway chains and opt for the cozy confines of Crawfish Haven - Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast. Only a fifteen-minute drive from Abbeville, this quaint home gives you a chance to get away from it all and check some quality R&R off of your itinerary.

      If you schedule your stay at Mrs. Rose's during crawfish season, then you're in luck! Guests of the bed and breakfast receive discounted rates for their crawfishing experience. Where else can you catch and cook some tasty crawfish while enjoying Cajun Country as it was meant to be?

    • Best Family Fun Activities in Abbeville: Palmetto Island State Park
      Spend the day relaxing on the Vermillion River with a family trip to Palmetto Island State Park. Bring the boat to fish or cruise along the water or stay ashore and enjoy some outdoor fun. Perfect for a picnic, family gathering or just an afternoon in the sun, Palmetto Island State Park has a water playground among other must-dos in their visitor center complex which will keep parents and kids entertained all day! 

    • Best Place for History, Art & Culture in Abbeville: Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery
      Grab the family and head downtown to the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery. Four community service organizations within Vermillion Parish have filled the Abbeville Museum with celebrations of the town's history, art, music, food, and culture. This museum contains historical photographs, documents, artwork and artifacts that date back to the Acadians and even the Native Americans from A.D. 900. The Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museums & Art Gallery is the best place to visit if you want to spend the afternoon learning about the rich heritage of this fantastic town.

    • Best Nature Trail in Abbeville: America's WETLAND Birding Trail
      Soak in some Louisiana sun on an adventurous nature walk. America's WETLAND Birding Trail extends into Vermillion Parish, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to see fascinating birds and other wildlife in their natural Bayou habitat. Keep your eyes peeled on the Vermillion Birding Loop where you may see pelicans, herons, snowy egrets or other beautiful creatures.

    • Best Place for Live Performances in Abbeville: Le Bayou Legendaire/Richard Sale Barn
      If you're in the mood for singing and dancing, head on over to Le Bayou Legendaire. This old Abbeville livestock sale barn was converted into a live music venue. Throughout the fall and spring, Le Bayou Legendaire hosts live bands and a dance floor that you won't be able to resist. Casual fun for all ages, concerts at the Richard Sale Barn will get your toes tapping and hips moving!

    For more information about the best things to do in Abbeville, feel free to contact us with any questions. We know that Abbeville will find a special place in your heart. If you'd like to view Abbeville homes for sale, let one of our REALTORS® show you to your dream home.


    Baton Rouge Celebrations: Wearin' of the Green on St. Patrick's Day Weekend

    St Patricks Day Baton Rouge
    One thing Baton Rouge residents are known for is they can make holidays special with fun festivals and parades. This St. Patrick's Day, you'll want to take a break from checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale long enough to meet your potential new neighbors and indulge in some Louisiana-style revelry. 

    Whether you're into early morning fun, wholesome family events, or late-night partying, something is happening this St. Paddy's Day that's right up your alley. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

    1. Wearin' of the Green St. Patrick's Day Parade: Hundred Oaks, Baton Rouge
      The award-winning Wearin' of the Green Parade is one of the most famous St. Paddy's Day events in Baton Rouge. It features festive floats, marching bands, bagpipers, and, of course, lots of beads; there's plenty of family fun everyone is sure to enjoy.

      The parade begins at 10 a.m. on March 16th at Hundred Oaks and ends at the intersection of Stanford and Perkins Road. There are a ton of restaurants and bars along the parade route, so plan to spend most of your day on the parade route while taking advantage of food and drink specials at places like Ivar's Sports BarZippy's Burritos Tacos & More, and Kalurah Street Grill.
    1. Pre-parade breakfast at LaDivina: 3535 Perkins Rd #360, Baton Rouge
      Our real estate agents highly recommend the delicious pre-parade breakfast at LaDivina Italian Cafe. This quaint restaurant, which is located right on the parade route, is a favorite among locals.

      On St. Paddy's Day, they offer a hearty breakfast and unlimited beverages including Irish coffee, sorbet mimosas, and fresh-brewed espresso. This event sells out every year, so don't wait to get your tickets!
    1. 5K Shamrock Run:  6906 Moniteau Court, Baton Rouge
      If you prefer a healthier start to your day, sign up for the inaugural 5k Shamrock Run. The chip-timed race starts at 8 a.m. at Moreau Physical Therapy on Perkins Road.

      The first 500 participants will receive a commemorative technical running shirt or singlet from Brooks Running, and everyone is welcome to stick around for food and beverages at the post-run party.   
    1. St. Patrick's Day Music Festival at Uncle Earl's: 3753 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge
      After the parade, popular dive bar Uncle Earl's transforms itself into a music venue with a DJ inside and live music on the outside stage. Enjoy plenty of adult beverages and several local food trucks for your eating pleasure. You can skip the line by purchasing your wristbands ahead of time.  
    1. Happy's Irish Pub: 136 3rd Street, Baton Rouge
      One of the area's few true Irish bars, you'll find plenty of beers on tap, all-day drink specials, food, and live entertainment at Happy's Irish Pub. This pub is so into celebrating the Luck O' the Irish that they host a "St. Practice Day" event on the 17th of every month to help you get in top partying shape in time for the big day! 
    1. Spring Green at the Zoo, Baton Rouge Zoo: 3601 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge
      Those who prefer to skip the adult festivities altogether may enjoy spending their St. Paddy's day at Spring Green at the Zoo. During this family-friendly event, you'll celebrate "being green" while learning how to support wildlife.

      There will also be crafts and games for the kids. The event is held at the Baton Rouge Zoo and runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th.

    Are you interested in learning more about the diversity and culture the city of Baton Rouge has to offer? Our agents love introducing potential Baton Rouge residents to the real estate properties available in our hometown. Contact us to get your house hunt started today.


    How Lafayette Celebrates Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras Lafayette
    Every year, our real estate agents hit the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras here in Louisiana.

    If you're interested in Lafayette homes for sale, you should definitely know about Mardi Gras!

    Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is one of the most important days of the entire year in many French-speaking areas. No surprise that the centerpiece of the celebration here in good old Louisiana is none other than historic Lafayette.

    Mardi Gras is the Biggest Tuesday of the Year ... Literally

    Known as "Fat Tuesday" due in part to the delicious food that's always on offer, Mardi Gras was historically a celebration to help people get prepared for the more solemn religious observances of March and April. These days, everybody is invited!

    Mardi Gras is a party with revelers all over the United States, but many of the traditions people associate with it actually originated right down in southern Louisiana. Here, Mardi Gras is a major holiday people look forward to all year around.

    In towns like Lafayette and Opelousas, you'll see get-togethers that have been going on in a similar form for hundreds of years. Although there are many different places you could go to get your Mardi Gras fun on, Lafayette is a frequent choice of guests from outside the state.

    One thing you're sure to notice is the celebrations don't wait for Tuesday, March 5.

    According to the official Mardi Gras itinerary, many parishes will be holding Mardi Gras events starting all the way back in early February. This helps to accommodate many community events, such as charity runs, that cannot take place on the same day as the "big" parade.

    What Can You Expect to See as a Mardi Gras Participant?

    Mardi Gras is a party that draws thousands of spectators every year. It's fun for the whole family, and there are days dedicated to given events so you can plan the right experience for you.

    In Lafayette, there are tons of parades taking place on Mardi Gras itself. Most of these launch from historic downtown and go to Cajun Field – the football stadium nicknamed "The Swamp."

    The four biggest parades begin their journey at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6, starting with Queen Evangeline's parade. Then, you'll be able to catch the Mardi Gras show at Clark Field before it's time for King Gabriel's Parade, the Lafayette Mardi Gras Parade, and the Independent Parade.

    Those parades kick off at 10:00 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. respectively.

    Leading up to the big day, you can get involved in a wide range of other activities. For example, there's the legendary Mardi Gras run on February 17 beginning from old Vermillionville. There are also walking parades, a children's parade, and a dog show leading up to March 5.

    Lafayette is known for a truly family-friendly Mardi Gras. The local community has a great relationship with the police, and there's been very little nuisance behavior at past events. Parade areas are child-friendly and there are special viewing areas for people with mobility issues.

    Costume contests are one of the most beloved parties of Mardi Gras, so consider participating if this is your first time. Also, don't forget to try the signature treats of gumbo and king cake!

    "Fat Tuesday" Isn't the Only Thing Worth Celebrating Here in Lafayette

    If you enjoy Mardi Gras, why not see it every year? With our expert advice, you can!

    Our team will help you find your Lafayette dream home faster than you ever imagined.

    Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you.


    Celebrate Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge's Spanish Town

    Spanish Town in Baton Rouge

    If you've been looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably already gotten a taste of the city's unique vibe and diverse culture. This becomes even more apparent during historic Spanish Town's famous Mardi Gras celebration.

    While the center of the Mardi Gras revelry occurs in New Orleans, Spanish Town residents put their own eclectic spin on things during their annual Mardi Gras parade. This year's parade will be held on March 2nd, and the preparations are already well underway. Here's some information about what to expect during the celebration, so you can make the most of your experience.

    About Spanish Town

    A quaint section of Baton Rouge, Spanish Town is known for quirky older homes, a maze of one-way streets, and tons of history. Founded in 1805, this neighborhood is home to a Native American ceremonial burial mound, Civil War-era homes, and plenty of adorable cottages and bungalows.

    Homes in Spanish Town have grown in popularity recently as more residents see the benefits of moving to walkable neighborhoods close to downtown.  

    A Unique Mardi Gras Celebration 

    Since its debut in 1981, the parade has grown in size and is now the largest Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge. Here you won't find the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Instead, Spanish Town revelers adorn themselves, their floats, and their homes in every imaginable shade of pink.

    Flamingos Everywhere

    With a mantra of "Poor taste is better than no taste at all," Spanish Town proudly embraces the pink flamingo as its mascot. The tradition began when the original parade participants took pink flamingo decorations from their lawns and used them to decorate their makeshift floats. The tradition stuck and is now an integral part of the celebration. 

    The annual festivities begin with the placement of large plywood flamingos in Capitol Lake. This marks the official announcement of the upcoming parade and ball. In recent years, it's become a tradition for LSU students and other residents to "adopt" the flamingos, taking them from their home in the lake and placing them in their front yards.

    One-of-a-Kind Floats

    One of the things our real estate agents love the most about the Spanish Town Parade is the complete absence of commercially-made floats. Instead, every float you'll see is handmade by individual krewes. This creates a fun and exciting experience that's sure to be different from anything you've ever seen before. 

    Tips for Enjoying the Parade

    The parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 2nd and is featuring an extended route. This change should thin out the crowds, making the experience even more enjoyable.

    Plan to wear your favorite pink outfits, dress in a flamingo-themed costume, or wear anything else that helps you get into a festive mood. Find parking where you can, and make your way on foot to the parade route. Here you'll join close to 100,000 other revelers in enjoying the nearly two-hour parade. Get ready to dance to the music, chuckle at the funny floats, and of course, scramble for beads. Whatever you do, come with a great attitude and plan to have the time of your life. 

    If you're bringing small children, consider viewing the parade from the alcohol-free family zone located on the North side of Convention Street between 5th and 7th streets. Here you'll find a more tame version of the Mardi Gras crowd and will still be able to enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun. 

    Enjoy Baton Rouge Year-Round

    If you're excited about the thought of living in Baton Rouge, you're not alone. The real estate market here is booming and there are plenty of great properties available. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find your dream home.


    New Orleans Living: Mardi Gras 2019

    Mardi Gras 2019While Christmas lovers around the world lament the end of the holiday season, residents of New Orleans eagerly await our favorite time of the year — Mardi Gras! Though this European Carnival celebration dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, no place on Earth has a Mardi Gras party quite like The Big Easy!

    Our real estate agents at Latter & Blum don't want you to miss a minute of Mardi Gras action. That's why we've created this helpful guide to answer all of your questions and point you in the direction of unforgettable fun!

    New Orleans Locals Mardi Gras

    What is Mardi Gras?

    If you've heard of Mardi Gras but aren't sure what it is, here's the short of it: Mardi Gras is an annual celebration signifying the start of Lent on the Christian calendar. Since the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, begins a long period of fasting until Easter Sunday, the Tuesday prior was traditionally spent loading up on fatty food in preparation for this abstinence. Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French.

    When is Mardi Gras 2019?

    This year's Mardi Gras falls on March 5.

    Why is Mardi Gras in New Orleans different from the rest of the world?

    Aside from the fact that everything in New Orleans is quite different, Mardi Gras in this city is a very special time. Instead of celebrating just as a single day, we celebrate an entire season! From January 6th until March 5th, the streets come alive with parades and parties. Our city has been participating in this month-long celebration since the 1730s so believe us when we say New Orleans knows a thing or two about amazing Mardi Gras festivities.

    New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

    When is the Mardi Gras Parade?

    One of the best reasons to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans is that there's no single holiday parade. In fact, we host so many exciting parades that you won't be able to see them all! Each parade is organized, designed and conducted by a "krewe." Here are a few of our favorites that we believe you should consider on Mardi Gras Day itself:

    • Krewe of Rex: The King of the Carnival, the Rex Organization, has helped define Mardi Gras as New Orleans knows it since 1872. The parade begins at the corner of Napoleon Ave. and S. Claiborne Ave. in Uptown at 10 a.m. The Krewe of Rex should definitely be at the top of your list!
    • Krewe of Lyra: Those celebrating in the Covington area should head to North Columbia St. and Jefferson St. for the 10 a.m. Krewe of Lyra parade. This newer krewe is less than ten years old, and their coed parade raises awareness for their allies in the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
    • Krewe of Argus: If you find yourself at the intersection of Veterans Blvd and Houma Blvd in Metairie at 10 a.m., you should definitely find a comfortable spot to observe the Krewe of Argus parade. Join over a million people as you watch this family-friendly krewe of nearly 500 make their way through Jefferson Parish.

    What else can I do during Mardi Gras?

    What can't you do is a better question! New Orleans comes alive in exciting ways throughout the season, and there is an infinite number of ways to enjoy it. Whether you're looking for great food, lively bars or family-friendly hangouts, contact us and let us help you plan your Mardi Gras celebration. For help searching for New Orleans homes for sale or to sell your current property, trust Latter & Blum for all of your real estate needs! 


    Opelousas - A City Filled with Flavor and Life

    Opelousas Louisiana
    Our real estate agents make it easier for you to find the best Opelousas homes for sale and get to closing with a price and timeline that appeal to you.

    Incorporated in 1720, this city of about 17,000 people is one of the most enticing communities to move to in all of Louisiana. Bursting with history, it was founded by French colonists.

    Once a top trading post supplying New Orleans, it is known as the "Spice Capital of the World." Spice blends and sauces from many of America's top manufacturers are produced here.

    It's also the world capital of the iconic zydeco style of music, which incorporates influences from blues, R&B, and the musical heritage of the Louisiana Creole people.

    But those aren't the only reasons why Opelousas is spicy!

    Let's take a closer look.

    One of Louisiana's Oldest Communities Offers Unique Sights to Residents and Visitors

    Opelousas has a lot to recommend it, but one thing you're sure to notice is the way history has been preserved and incorporated into many aspects of the city. It has one of the largest and most vibrant historic districts in the United States, with a large stock of brilliantly preserved buildings.

    When you come and visit Opelousas, you'll find plenty to see and do:

    • Historic Sightseeing and Pedestrian Walks
      Around the historic central square, you'll find brick sidewalks dating to the 19th century. A stroll through the neighborhood gives you the chance to see striking antebellum and Victorian structures. That includes manor homes and government buildings painstakingly restored to original conditions.

    • Museums Unlike Any Other in America
      Not surprisingly, Opelousas is home to some unique museums that draw lots of support from the local community. Around historic Le Vieux Village, you'll see 19th-century cottages, exhibits on the historic Orphan Train, and permanent displays about famed frontiersman Jim Bowie.

    • Fun and Excitement in Modern Venues
      Of course, a city this size has plenty of verve! Many new venues for dancing, dining, and entertainment have appeared over the last decade. You won't want to miss the opportunity to explore Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino for fast-paced enjoyment.

    • Gourmet Cuisine to Tantalize Your Taste Buds
      The town motto is "Perfectly Seasoned," and there are many good reasons why. Cultures blend beautifully in Opelousas and this is reflected in its savory, satisfying cuisine. Soileau's Dinner Club is a family-owned Cajun restaurant where you can sample classic seafood and steaks.

    • An Outstanding Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
      Every March, Opelousas brims with revelry during Mardi Gras celebrations that date back to 1709. Opelousas and surrounding communities have some unique traditions you won't find in most other places. Expect parades, zydeco music, chicken runs, trail rides, and plenty of gumbo.

    • Live Music and Festivals
      You can find musicians playing zydeco-inspired music any time of year around Le Vieux, but you'll have to drop by in September for the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. The top performers in the genre headline a party full of hearty Creole food and fun!

    Opelousas is Waiting for YOU to Become Part of its Centuries-Old Story

    The story of Opelousas has been made for three centuries now, and there's no better time for you to become a lasting part of it.

    Our team will support you every step of the way with personalized advice based on our many years of experience in real estate throughout Louisiana.

    Our exceptional customer care will give you peace of mind as you buy your Opelousas home.

    Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to helping you.


    Lafayette's Historic Azalea Trail Begins February 23

    Azalea Trail
    If you're visiting Lafayette homes for sale in late February and March, you can't help but notice the gorgeous blooms of the city's many Azalea trees.

    Locals and visitors can enjoy the full splendor of the event by walking, biking, or driving along the 20-mile stretch known as the Azalea Trail

    The History of the Azalea Trail

    The Azalea Trail begins at the Lafayette Visitor center located at 1400 NW Evangeline Thruway and winds through the city's streets, historic districts, and grand boulevards. Along the trail, you'll find a stunning number of Azalea bushes blooming in an array of pinks, reds, whites, and purples. Ranging in size from dwarf to jumbo, some of these bushes are more than 50 years old!

    The trail has been a popular destination since the 1930s and records suggest as many as 40,000 visitors drove through the city in the mid-1940s. In the 1980s, it was named one of the "Top 20 Tourist Destinations in the South" by Southern Living magazine.

    In 2015, the group Scenic Lafayette began revitalizing the trail. The following year the city of Lafayette was named one of the nation's 15 "Azalea Cities" by the Azalea Society of America. At that time, February 23rd was declared the official opening day of the blooming season.

    The Azalea Trail Bike and Classic Car Cruise

    While there's no bad way to visit the trail during blooming season, our real estate agents recommend attending the Azalea Trail Classic Car Cruise & Bike Ride. This event, held on March 9th, features a 1-mile family bike ride, 5- and 10-mile options, and an escorted classic car cruise.

    The event ends with a car cruise social complete with food and drinks and an awards ceremony where prizes will be given for the best vintage costume and best Azalea display. Cruisers will also receive free admission to The Hilliard Museum on the day of the event. Bicycle rentals are available from TRAIL, making this fun event accessible to everyone.

    No matter how you choose to take in the scenery of the Azalea trail, make sure, you take the time to do it. This is a memorable event that you must see to believe.

    Learn More About the City of Lafayette

    Are you interested in learning more about what it's like to live and work in the city of Lafayette? Our agents love helping potential new residents explore the city. Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help. 


    Turn Your Clutter into Cash at the Lafayette Jockey Flea Market

    Lafayette Flea MarketWhether you're looking to shop for unique treasures, find fabulous deals, or turn some of your clutter into cash before you move, there's a local Lafayette market with your name on it.

    The Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market has been a hot shopping spot for the community every weekend for many years and remains one of the best places in the region to make a deal. It's easy to get involved as a vendor, and even easier to head to the market for a day of shopping, food, and fun. Our real estate agents have the details on the Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market, for shoppers and vendors alike.

    Lafayette Living: Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market

    The Attraction: Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market
    3011 NW Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    Hours: Open Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm, Rain or Shine

    Shop for Great Deals on Unique Items from More than 500 Booths

    Yes, the Lafayette Jockey Lot is a great place to clear out some clutter, but it's also just as good for finding unique new items for your home. Whether you're shopping for antiques, handmade items, collectibles, sports memorabilia, furniture, clothing, or so much more, you're sure to find fabulous deals at the flea market. New Vendors appear at the market regularly, and there are more than 500 booths to explore every weekend. You never know what sort of treasures you might find as you explore the wares of a diverse group of local vendors.

    Food and Family Fun at the Flea Market

    Even if you're not in the mood to wheel and deal, there's plenty to do for fun when you visit the Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market. No matter what time of day you visit, you're sure to find plenty of great food available, with fresh, local ingredients and all of the culinary flair that's common to Lafayette's best dining spots. Kids love exploring all of the unique items at the Jockey Lot, and there are also special events at the market for many major holidays. A visit from Santa is a highlight during the holiday season, and you'll find plenty more fun events for all ages throughout the year.

    Rent Vendor Space at the Jockey Lot to Clear Out Clutter and Earn Some Cash

    Are you shopping for Lafayette homes for sale, and need to clear out some clutter before you head to your new home? Do you already live in the area, and have a garage that could use some downsizing? No matter your motivation, it's easy to rent vendor space at the Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market, and turn your clutter into cash. There are affordable outside booths and covered spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis, along with reservable spaces for planning ahead and lockable spaces for anyone planning to make a repeat appearance as a vendor.

    A Friendly, Affordable Place to Launch a New Business

    If you're working to establish a small business of your own, the Lafayette Jockey Lot can be a great place to get started. Renting space is very affordable, and the market always draws a crowd every weekend. It's a great place to sell the handmade items you work hard to produce or simply to introduce a large audience to your new business.

    Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the many attractions in the Lafayette area? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    Getting to Know The Warehouse District New Orleans

    New Orleans Warehouse District
    There's no place in America quite like New Orleans, and there certainly isn't a place where past and present are so completely inseparable. A melting pot of cultures and ideas long before the United States of America was even a twinkle in the founding fathers' eyes, New Orleans continues to be a place ever-changing, yet uniquely tied to the past.

    It's possible that the Warehouse District is the New Orleans neighborhood where this merging of past and present is most clearly visible. Our real estate agents have come to know the Warehouse District well, and have watched its transformation into one of the cities most vital neighborhoods.

    The History of the Warehouse District

    Also known as the New Orleans Arts District, the Warehouse District wasn't always the hub of art, culture, and life that it is today. The area gets its name from the warehouses and manufacturing industry that once thrived in the section of New Orleans between south of Poydras Street and adjacent to the Mississippi River. Like so many places across the country, changing times in the mid-20th century brought industrial decline – but not for long. 

    The arrival of the World's Fair in New Orleans in 1984 brought renewed attention to the Warehouse District, with its vast array of 19th-century factories and warehouses – many of them vacant for decades – ripe for revitalization. It's been a slow process, but over the past 30 years, the Warehouse District has been transformed into a thriving neighborhood, with the brick warehouses that once held cotton, grain, and coffee for shipping now housing art galleries, restaurants, hotels, studios, and living spaces. 

    Explore the Warehouse District

    The New Orleans Warehouse District has been compared to SoHo or the Meatpacking District in New York. It's a hub for artists, and the hundred-year-old brick walls display a dizzying array of street art, alongside weathered signs advertising products and services from decades and even centuries past. Step inside those walls, and you'll find some of the city's best bars, eateries, breweries, bakeries, coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques. 

    You could spend years exploring every nook and cranny of the Warehouse District, but if it's your first time, you'll definitely want to hit a few essential spots:

    Of course, one of the factors that have made the Warehouse District one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city is its affordability. In fact, like much of the rest of New Orleans, the Warehouse District remains a very affordable place to live, especially compared to other American cities that have experienced a similar boom in popularity. It's a place where owning a home is still a realistic goal for almost anyone. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and talk to our team about what makes this city such a uniquely special place to call home. We're proud to offer New Orleans homes for sale that match any price range and are committed to helping you find your dream home. 


    Biloxi New Year's Celebrations: Watch the Oyster Ball Drop

    Biloxi New Year

    New York has nothing on Biloxi when you are looking for New Year's Eve revelry. Biloxi has the Oyster Ball, a nearly three-foot bundle of (you guessed it) oyster shells that travels down a cable and into a waiting oyster basket. Surround it with fireworks, food, fun, and families, and you have one great way to ring in the New Year.  Our REALTORS® are here to share some of our favorite ways to ring in the new year in Biloxi.


    New Year's Eve can be many things to many people. Biloxi's busy casinos hardly need an excuse to throw a party, but our real estate agents know that all the friendly folks along the Gulf Coast love to celebrate, well, just about anything. So if you have resolved to find the fun this December 31, here is where, when and how you can have a good time on your terms.

    That Oyster!

    The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is the proud possessor of the unique Oyster Ball, which it drops from the top of the museum promptly at midnight. You can camp out on the lawn to watch, or for a modest $50 per person (21 and over), enjoy dancing, heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cocktails, and party favors inside the museum. At midnight, you'll hear the factory whistle in homage to the oyster works that provided Biloxi's booming economy, and then enjoy fireworks afterward. Nobody has to rush off, either; you get donuts and coffee up until 12:30 a.m. January 1. This year's music is provided by Blackwater Brass Band. Call 228 435-6320 for tickets. 


    You are zipping around the Gulf Coast looking for Biloxi homes for sale. You get so carried away by the beautiful homes and superb values; you forget to make New Year's Eve plans. Fear not! For something a little different, try "A Night in Wakanda." 

    This New Year's Eve party will take place at the Event Centre at CLIMB CDC (1316 30th Avenue in Gulfport). Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes is hosting, with music courtesy of DJ Mixx Maestro. Throw on your favorite African-inspired duds and join Chama Gulf Coast's inaugural event. Cocktail attire and African attire is not required but is encouraged.

    You can put together a 10-ticket reserved table for $750/table. You can also opt for the $50 general admission ticket, first come, first served for seating. With both, you get the dinner buffet, complimentary midnight toast, and souvenir photo booth photo.


    Noon?!? Hey, many a younger reveler wants to experience New Year's Eve, but has a 9 o'clock bedtime! Gulfport's Lynn Meadows Discovery Center provides the smaller folk in your life with the same party atmosphere, just 12 hours early. Clever parents, take in the early experience, exhaust the junior set, and have the evening to yourselves.

    Starting at 10 a.m., the celebration includes a DJ, music, a New Year's craft, snacks, falling confetti, and the required ball drop at noon. The kids' party is included with museum admission. The Museum is at 246 Dolan Avenue in Gulfport. 


    New Year's Eve celebrations are in every Gulf Coast casino, from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's $50 per-person party at 777 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi to the Breeze Bar at Beau Rivage (875 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi). At Island View Casino Resort (3300 West Beach Boulevard, Gulfport) you can enjoy six hours of free nonstop music at the Beach Casino stage. 

    If you have a New Year's resolution to sell or buy a Biloxi home, contact us at Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS® to get started. 


    6 Things You'll Love About Living in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Living

    From the storied campus of Louisiana State University to one of the most delicious dining scenes in the South, Baton Rouge is a unique city to call home. There are so many reasons to love living in Baton Rouge, and the many new residents flocking to the region quickly learn that Baton Rouge lives up to the hype. There's excellent food, an affordable cost of living, and attractions for every interest. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on why so many love moving to the city, with six things that you'll love about calling Baton Rouge home.

    Callin' Baton Rouge Home

    1. An Affordable City with a Strong Economy
      The cost of living in Baton Rouge ranks nearly 10 percent below the national average, and the local economy is strong as large employers continue moving to the city to supplement the many thriving businesses already located within Baton Rouge. It's a great place to find a job – even in competitive fields – and the low cost of living means that your hard-earned money goes further than it would in other cities.

    2. Plenty of Free Fun for Everyone
      Looking for things to do in Baton Rouge? There is always something interesting going on in the city, and many attractions won't require you to spend a dime. Baton Rouge is filled with museums focused on history and culture, along with a beautiful collection of outdoor spaces to explore.

    3. One of the Country's Best Foodie Cities
      Baton Rouge is known for one of the best foodie cities in the whole country, with a mix a cajun, creole, and cuisine drawing on inspirations from around the world. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or an elegant culinary experience, you're sure to find fabulous flavors in Baton Rouge.

    4. Baton Rouge Is a Child-Friendly Community
      Baton Rouge is a city of history and culture with a bright future, making it a great place to raise a family. You will never be without something interesting to do and see with the kids when you live in Baton Rouge.

    5. Big Celebrations for Every Occasion
      There's never a bad excuse for a party in Baton Rouge, whether you're tailgating before an LSU home game or celebrating your favorite holiday on the calendar. No matter the season, you'll find big events going on in Baton Rouge for every special occasion of the year.

    6. The Home of Louisiana State University
      LSU is naturally a big deal in Baton Rouge – and not just for the football games. Fall Saturdays are of course some of the biggest events of the year with LSU football games, but the LSU campus is also a hub of activity during every season. Whether you're catching a show, taking a class, visiting a world-class museum, or simply walking the historic campus, there's always something to do around LSU.

    Finding the Perfect Baton Rouge Home

    Shopping for Baton Rouge homes for sale? Then you'll certainly have no shortage of great options, no matter what type of home you're looking for in the city. From elegant, historic homes to cozy dwellings in family-friendly neighborhoods perfect for first-time buyers, the Baton Rouge real estate market truly offers something for everyone.

    Are you ready to start finding your own reasons to love calling Baton Rouge home? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


    7 Reveillon Dinners in New Orleans to Celebrate the Holidays

    Reveillon Dinners
    One of the first things you need to know about living in New Orleans is that dining and cuisine have been raised to an art form. And perhaps never seen more poignantly than during the Christmas season at our community's traditional Réveillon dinners (you say it as re -ve -on). We may be far departed from the 19th-century origins of this feast, but even if you never celebrate Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, you can still enjoy these expansive, delicious dinners. Our real estate agents are here to share seven Réveillon dinners to whet your appetite and, perhaps, help you resolve to buy a permanent home in New Orleans. 

    1. Antoine's Restaurant, 713-717 Rue Saint Louis, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Still in the same family after 170+ years, this regal establishment offers a four-course Creole Réveillon dinner. Be tempted by alligator bisque, Noel salad, Creole soft shell crab, and eggnog bread pudding. Antoine's Réveillon menu is available for lunch or dinner. Dress code; reservations a must.

    2. Brigtsen's Restaurant, 723 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
      New Orleans native Frank Brigtsen, chef and owner, interprets Creole/Acadian food in a fresh way. Brigtsen's provides a soul-soothing four-course structure with lots of choices. Start with smoked salmon canapes and continue with one of four second-course choices and three main course options (roast duck, stuffed flounder, or smoked pork chop).

    3. Café Amelie, 912 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
      If you want to take a holiday from making decisions, head over to Café Amelie for a straightforward Réveillon three-course dinner menu: salad, blackened redfish, cheesecake. Top it with a Réveillon cocktail ($12; Amaro Nonino, Tattersall sour cherry, Maraschino Luxardo, topped with bubbles). Reservations recommended.

    4. Criollo Restaurant, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
      Five courses. Too much, we know! Tuna Carpaccio, three appetizers, a warming roasted acorn squash soup, salad, perhaps a roast goose for the main course, and two dessert choices. At Criollo, everything is fresh, local, and phenomenally good. Reservations an absolute must.

    5. Muriel's Jackson Square, 801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
      A prominent part of Jackson Square, Muriel's is a great place to go for a four-course Réveillon dinner, complete with delicacies like fried oyster chowder and braised lamb shank. Before departing, preview the New Year's Eve menu (it's outstanding!). Reservations suggested.

    6. Seaworthy, 630 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      For a hip, updated take on Réveillon dinner, go to Seaworthy and enjoy the bounty of the oceans. Oysters to start, Diver Scallops, Panéed Monkfish, and a finish with white chocolate mousse rice pudding. Make reservations through Open Table or at Seaworthy's website.

    7. Upperline, 1413 Upperline Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
      Yes, Upperline offers four Réveillon courses, but what courses! For the second course alone, choose from nine different temptations, including Fried Green Tomato with Shrimp Rémoulade. Main course? Nine choices. Dessert? Eight sweet, savory, or alcohol-imbued finishes. You'll need reservations at this 2017 Restaurant of the Year. 

    Whether you have a New Orleans home to buy or to sell, please let our real estate agents help you. The stunning Réveillon dinner is only one reason to make New Orleans your home. If you are ready to move in, contact us, and we can show you great neighborhoods with excellent values. If you want yours to be one of the many beautiful New Orleans homes for sale, contact us


    Best of the Bayou: Locals Love Lafayette

    Lafayette Locals
    Billed as the "happiest city in America," Lafayette, LA is a truly unique city, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. Lafayette, the fourth largest city in Louisiana, is known as the Hub City for its diverse population, rich cultural history, and busy schedule of events all year long. But Lafayette is so much more than a big, bustling city – it's also a place where people like to slow down, smell the roses, and savor everything that makes life in Louisiana so unique. Our real estate agents have the details on why locals love calling Lafayette home, and why you will too once you experience the city.

    A Laid Back City Where You Can Savor the Simple Things

    Lafayette is a large city with a ton to see and do, but that doesn't mean that people here are always in a rush. Quite the opposite! Lafayette is a city where residents enjoy slowing down to savor the simple joys of life, whether that's a great conversation, a delicious sit-down meal, or a moment to take in the beautiful natural scenery around the city. When you live in Lafayette, life moves at a comfortable pace.

    A Festival for Every Occasion

    Living in Lafayette means that you will never be without something fun to do on the weekends, and there is always another big festival coming around the corner. Whether you're interested in dining, drinks, history, culture, athletics, or simply a great party, you're sure to find a festival to enjoy around Lafayette.

    Enjoy Cajun Cuisine with a Local Twist

    Many of Lafayette's festivals celebrate the area's rich culinary history, and for good reason! Lafayette is undoubtedly one of the best places in the South to grab a meal, and Cajun cooking is alive and well in the city. Enjoy a spicy Cajun meal from a centuries-old family recipe, sample fresh seafood from the Gulf, or try a drink from one of the many local craft breweries located in the area.

    Art, History, and Culture Are Everywhere in Lafayette

    Lafayette is a city where fun, culture, history, and education go hand-in-hand, with a ton of great museums for residents of all ages. Kids love visiting the Children's Museum of Acadiana and the Lafayette Science Museum, while residents of all ages find inspiration at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

    Hit the Water to Immerse Yourself in Lafayette's Natural Beauty

    Louisiana is known as one of the best states in the country for outdoor activities, and Lafayette is an excellent example of why that's the case. Located along the Vermilion River, Lafayette is surrounded by swamps and waterways that provide endless exploration opportunities for residents who love the outdoors.

    Head to "The Swamp" to Catch the Ragin' Cajuns in Action

    While Lafayette doesn't have a professional sports team, it's still a great place to catch a game thanks to the Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Head down to "The Swamp" for an unforgettable college football experience on fall Saturdays, or catch a game from one of the university's many other teams throughout the year.

    Your Lafayette Real Estate Professionals

    Are you ready to start touring Layfette homes for sale, and finding out first-hand why the city is such a great place to call home? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lafayette, LA area.


    Baton Rouge Loves The Garden District

    Baton Rouge Garden District
    Baton Rouge is a thriving and beautiful city, and there is no shortage of reasons to choose the area when purchasing your next home. If you're considering Baton Rouge homes for sale during your house hunt, take a closer look at the Garden District, one of the city's favorite neighborhoods, and you might find yourself feeling right at home. From gorgeous historic homes to ample dining and recreational opportunities, the Garden District offers something for everyone.  Our REALTORS® are here to share why Baton Rouge locals love the Garden District.

    Historic Charm

    No matter your housing preference, our Garden District boasts a wide selection of homes in a friendly and welcoming community. Three historic districts comprise the area, each with its own personality and style.

    • Roseland Terrace Historic District: Baton Rouge's very first subdivision, Roseland Terrace is a piece of American architectural history framed in time. Here you'll find an array of lovely bungalows, with many dating back to the early twentieth century.
    • Drehr Place Historic District: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places roughly two decades ago, Drehr Place is where you'll find the historic Sanders House along with many well-preserved bungalows and Tudor Revival style homes.
    • Kleinert Terrace Historic District: Along charming neighborhood streets, you'll find lots of historic Colonial and Tudor style houses in Kleinert Terrace. Our real estate agents are excited to help you find the perfect home in one of these inviting communities.

    Great Dining Options

    While the Garden District grants quick access to the entire Baton Rouge area and all it has to offer, you'll be delighted to find several nearby spots to satisfy any appetite. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty meal, a quick snack or simply a delicious cup of coffee, the Garden District has you covered. Local favorites include Garden District Coffee and Christina's Restaurant, and the neighborhood is a short distance from a broad range of downtown dining choices such as Capital City Grill and The Gregory.

    Work, Live and Enjoy

    The Garden District offers the best of both worlds with its proximity to the downtown area and business district and its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. You and your family will enjoy the tranquility and recreational opportunities available with plenty of green space in the neighborhood, including the local park, and lots of organized community activities. The district is also close to some of the best schools and universities in the area, making it a prime choice for home buyers with growing families.

    Your Baton Rouge Real Estate Professionals

    With such a broad range of amenities, history and housing choices, we can't help but believe that you'll find Baton Rouge's Garden District as enticing as we do. To begin your house hunt or to learn more about the living in Baton Rouge, contact us today.


    NOLA ChristmasFest Kicks Off December 20

    NOLA ChristmasThe good people of New Orleans love a reason to celebrate a festive occasion. From Mardi Gras to less-than-somber funerals to the bright lights and thrilling rides of NOLA ChristmasFest, this city enjoys a party. Even when searching for beautiful homes or readying yours to go on the hot New Orleans real estate market, we can all take a moment to get into the holiday mood.  Our REALTORS® are here with information about NOLA ChristmasFest 2018.

    NOLA ChristmasFest Returns

    NOLA ChristmasFest 2018 expands with an additional 35,000 square feet of indoor fun and frolic. The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 in Hall H at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.

    At more than 325,000 square feet now, the festival, in its sixth year, adds Breakfast with Santa. Other new attractions are Bouncy, "the World's Tallest Snowman," and Snowzilla, Jr., a slide ride of some 90 feet of joy.

    Included among the carousel, crafts and ice skating is synthetic curling. What, you ask, is synthetic curling? Curling is a familiar sport for our Canadian friends, but New Orleans, for reasons unknown, has trouble keeping ice solid. Something to do with the temperatures, but we're no scientists. Synthetic curling dispenses with the ice entirely, so you can enjoy the fun of carefully gliding heavy stones down a bowling-alley-like lane all year long. At NOLA ChristmasFest 2018, all ages are invited to come out and pick up a broom.  

    Local Artists

    The festival is infused with local talent, from artists crafting exquisite gingerbread houses (reminiscent of the beautiful Victorian New Orleans homes for sale throughout the city) to vendors with their holiday concoctions, crafts, and cookies. 

    Of course, the raw and exuberant young talent of New Orleans' children is a major part of the event, with great opportunities for children to try their creative hand at crafts tables or athletic prowess at the rock wall, polar golf, or basketball. 

    Memorable Event

    Like all NOLA ChristmasFests, this one will be memorable. Children have a way of growing up fast, so you will want to mark the moment with plenty of pictures. Fortunately, professional photographers will be on hand, or you can pose in the Selfie Snowglobe. 

    NOLA ChristmasFest 2018 is only $20 per person, but that price is halved on Fridays for military personnel and First Responders. If you are active or retired U.S. military, National Guard, reservists, fire, police or paramedic, show official ID at the Convention Center box office for the discount. 

    Kids and Christmas

    For kids and kids at heart, NOLA ChristmasFest gets you into the holiday spirit. Bring your children and join in their happiness. Never ice skated? At least give it a try! Think you can't curl? Give it a whirl! Build great memories, and then consider what wonderful, warm times you could have in a New Orleans home of your own. 

    Your New Orleans Real Estate Professionals

    Whether you are hoping to sell your French Quarter historic home or feel like flipping a Faubourg Tremé find, our New Orleans real estate professionals at Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS® are ready to help. Contact us to start your real estate adventure in The Big Easy.

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