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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.

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King Cake Season: Where to Order King Cake in NOLA

King Cake

King cake is an important part of any Mardi Gras season, and our Realtors® know plenty of local spots where you can order one!

If you're here to visit New Orleans homes for sale, why not enjoy one of the biggest events of the year: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday? No Mardi Gras is complete without a king cake, and after a full day of New Orleans open houses, you might just find you want some to keep your energy up.

Luckily, there are hundreds of local bakeries throughout New Orleans and neighboring communities that are glad to help you sate your craving. King cake is a sweet pastry with lots of icing, sprinkles, and luster dust. For a truly authentic king cake, there's no place better than the heart of New Orleans itself.

Let's drop by just a few of the many places you can get real king cake in New Orleans:

  • La Boulangerie – 4600 Magazine Street #1518, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The culinary scene in New Orleans is inseparable from its French history, and La Boulangerie ("the bakery") takes it to the next level. Using authentic French baking techniques right down to the flour, bakers here take pride in the art of bread. The king cake is just one of the diverse array of specialties you'll enjoy with your choice of coffee, tea, and other refreshing beverages.

  • Bittersweet Confections – 725 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Another Magazine Street favorite for those who appreciate all things carbohydrates! Bittersweet Confections is anything but bitter when you want a moist and delicious king cake of your very own. Modest and unassuming at first glance, it wins kudos for its custom cakes and handmade truffles. Its custom Mardi Gras cake can rise to a maximum size of ten inches, feeding up to 30 partygoers.

  • Croissant D'Or Patisserie – 617 Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Croissant D'Or Patisserie exudes class with everything from the striking stained glass accents in the cafe to the beautifully lighted and presented display case with the morning's products. Croissants, cakes, tortes, and cookies are always on the menu. There's even a curated assortment of classic French quiche dishes, plus omelets and continental breakfast. King cake can be ordered special during the Mardi Gras season.

  • O'Delice French Bakery – 6033 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    O'Delice French Bakery is a cozy little shop and one of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans when it comes to brilliant baked goods. Stop in for a chat, a croissant, and a freshly brewed cafe, and you'll soon become a regular. Savor the fresh, one-of-a-kind selections, including a rotating menu of cakes. The praline cheesecake is popular all year round, while the king cake is among the city's most colorful.

  • Laurel Street Bakery – 2701 South Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
    Laurel Street Bakery is one of the top New Orleans bakeries outside Magazine Street. With fresh bagels, breakfast, and lunch every day, there is truly never a bad time to visit. Fans wait for an extensive holiday menu to drop every year, including the king cake. King cakes ship all over the United States, so you can share them with loved ones from far and wide. The traditional bread pudding is another "can't miss."

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January Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

January Parades

No one loves a parade more than the New Orleans area, which has elevated these events to an art form. Join our Realtors® by getting in the Mardi Gras frame of mind with these January parades taking place around New Orleans homes for sale

  • Funky Uptown Krewe - Bourrée, 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Appropriately, Funky Uptown Krewe has chosen "Everybody Get Your Funk On!" as the theme for this year's Mardi Gras parade on Friday, January 6. Kick things off with a fresh fruit daiquiri from Bourrée at the pre-party. At 7 p.m., the procession heads out along the St. Charles streetcar line. The Krewe will be tossing bedazzled vinyl records along with cups and koozies while DJ Mannie Fresh spins hot tunes from the streetcar. End up at Fat Harry's around 8:30 p.m. to keep the party going. 

  • Krewe de Joan d'Arc - Bienville & N. Front, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Krewe de Joan d'Arc
    is named for the martyred saint who liberated NOLA's namesake city of Orleans, France. Their annual parade on January 6 serves as a tribute to her birthday as well as a prelude to Mardi Gras. Parade participants and viewers don medieval garb similar to that worn during Joan of Arc's time in the 1400s. The procession pauses at the New Orleans Collection Williams Foundation Building for a celebratory toast, as well as for a sword-blessing ceremony at Saint Louis Cathedral. In conclusion, everyone gathers to sing "Happy Birthday" in front of the Joan of Arc statue on Decatur. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

  • Phunny Phorty Phellows - S. Carrollton & Willow, New Orleans, LA 70118
    While the Phunny Phorty Phellows, or PPP, made their first appearance in 1878, they lasted only 20 years before reforming in 1981. Satire, the krewe's defining tradition, is reflected in their costumes, which often take aim at current issues. At 7 p.m. on January 6, after making their regular Carnival Countdown, PPP sets out for a lively ride on the St. Charles streetcar. During the trip, the Queen and "Boss" are determined by whoever finds the babies in two king cakes that are passed around. Music is provided by the Storyville Stompers on the streetcar ride, followed by the Coronation Ball with entertainment from Benny Grunch and the Bunch.

  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus - St. Claude Ave.  & Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117
    With participants dressed as aliens, superheroes, and Trekkies, the Mardi Gras parade of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus resembles a galaxy far, far away. The krewe's 900 members are organized into more than 150 sub-krewes dedicated to various science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes. Sustainability is a priority, with nearly 100 parade vehicles designed to be pushed, pulled, or pedaled without reliance on fuel. Throws such as bandoliers and pocket shrines are handmade from recycled and upcycled materials. Join in the fun at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, and "Let the Wookiee Win!"

  • Krewe of Nefertiti -  Bullard Ave. & Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70128
    Looking for a parade that the whole family can enjoy? Mark your calendar for 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, when the Krewe of Nefertiti takes to the streets. The all-female krewe serves the NOLA community through volunteer service and fundraising. Kids love the bejeweled throws that are tossed to the crowd from the parade's 14 floats.

After touring New Orleans open houses, a visit to a Mardi Gras parade is a great way to experience community spirit. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


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.


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.


Oktoberfest in New Orleans


Finding New Orleans homes for sale is about more than just the house or the neighborhood. It's about the atmosphere and the culture that the area has to offer.

When you live in the New Orleans area, you can expect a busy social calendar full of fun festivals.

If you've spent the week checking out New Orleans open houses, why not spend the weekend experiencing some of that culture for yourself by checking out Oktoberfest? In Germany, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September. But in true NOLA fashion, the party lasts for multiple weekends here!

Here are some of the places in New Orleans where you can experience Oktoberfest for yourself.

  • Deutsches Haus - 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Deutsches Haus is a German cultural center that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It includes a festival hall and two bars, where they serve 20 different German and craft beers. They're also the main sponsor of Oktoberfest in New Orleans. The Deutsche Haus Bier Musikanten (Deutsche Haus Beer Musicians) will be performing the first two weekends. They're also selling limited edition, German-made, ceramic Oktoberfest steins, which you can pre-order. They're beautifully crafted and a great souvenir. 

    The Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest on October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 this year. Tickets to the official festival are $10 per day and free for children under 12. The proceedings are steeped in local tradition, featuring a variety of events, from German music and dancing to funny singalongs to a beer stein holding contest, and much more. There's even a children's area with games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly performances.

  • Faubourg Brewing Co. - 3501 Jourdan Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Faubourg Brewing Co. hosted their annual Oktoberfest during the traditional celebration time. But that doesn't mean you've missed out on all the fun! Be sure to check out their website for their latest beer offerings, which you can order by the pint, pitcher, or as a part of a flight. Voted Top Craft Brewery by New Orleans Magazine, this brewery is well worth a stop at any point of the year. 

  • Bratz Y'all Bistro - 617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you're looking for authentic German food, Bratz Y'all is a necessary stop on your Oktoberfest journey. Their offerings include everything from beer brats to schnitzel to Bavarian Leberkäse - German meatloaf served with an egg, sunny side up. They also have pretzel dips, apple strudel, and much more. Plus, plenty of German beer! The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor patio and live music that plays not just during Oktoberfest but throughout the year.

  • Cochon Butcher - 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Throughout the year, Cochon Butcher serves up sandwiches with farm-fresh, artisanal ingredients. In October, they hold their own Oktoberfest celebration that includes a special German-inspired menu throughout the month of Oktober. They serve not just German beer but also German wines and German cocktails - plus small plates of authentic German food, such as fried sauerkraut, bratwurst balls, potato pancakes, and Bavarian pretzels with beer mustard. 

Oktoberfest is an event that's not to be missed, but New Orleans has plenty to offer its residents all year. If you're ready to make this city your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the house that's right for you.


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.


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.


Fall Festivals Coming to the Lafayette Area

Lafayette FestivalsFall is here! Our real estate agents are looking forward to it. Are you?

Crisp weather, colorful foliage, and hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons to enjoy fall. When you're in the Lafayette area, there are plenty more to discover. Lafayette is known for a busy social calendar that combines Cajun cuisine and family-friendly entertainment into a fall you won't soon forget! And it's not just about Halloween – in Lafayette, folks get creative with their events.

There's so much to see and do, let's dive in and take a look at some of Lafayette's top fall festivals:

  • Spooktacular Fall Fest – 817 Albertson Parkway Suite H, Broussard, LA 70518
    Sponsored by Saketini Sushi and Hibachi, the annual Spooktacular Fall Fest brings fun and excitement to the scary season. Kids in costume can enjoy trick or treating and the costume contest. Adults can visit plenty of booths by local artists and artisans. At the end of the night, Saketini will be offering free kids' hibachi with adult purchase. It might just become your favorite near Broussard homes for saleTo be first in line, be there at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 23!

  • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest – 200 Garfield Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest is your chance to get familiar with boudin, a beloved Cajun-cooked sausage dish made from pork meat, rice, vegetables, and seasonings. Now entering its thirteenth year, this is considered the premier boudin event and attracts chefs from Louisiana and Texas. Sample, vote, and enjoy, all for free on Saturday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 4! Plus, it's a short drive from Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Gulf Brew 2021 – See Website for Location Details, Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The biggest fundraiser led by Acadiana Center for the Arts all year round, Gulf Brew 2021 is the largest and oldest craft beer festival in the area. On Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., tasters will get to visit with dozens of breweries and enjoy more than 200 beers, filling out their "Brew Book" along the way. Visit local shops and restaurants as you go, knowing that your contribution makes a difference for a true community institution!

  • Gumbo Festival – Bouligny Plaza, 102 West Main Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Where else would you go for America's most iconic Gumbo Festival than Lafayette? Running on October 12 and 13, this family-friendly shindig includes the Cajun Creole Foodfest, Roux Run, and Meanest Beans Cookoff on Saturday, capped off with the Youth Gumbo Cookoff. Sunday brings the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff itself. You won't want to miss a second of the fun, friends, and delicious food!

  • International Rice Festival – 303 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
    The International Rice Festival is the biggest agricultural festival in Louisiana and has a long and storied history dating back to 1937. Held to honor the rice industry and all those who contribute to it, it now doubles as one of the biggest live musical events in the state. Featuring two sound stages plus a Classic Car Show and Fiddle and Accordion Contest, it's all happening between October 14-17, minutes from Crowley homes for sale.

Contact us at Latter & Blum today to discover Lafayette real estate.


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.


Take a Walking Tour of Alexandria, LA

Walking Tour Alexandria

Alexandria is a city where history awaits you around every corner, and local organizations place a high priority on historic preservation. Many of the city's most fascinating historic sites have also been repurposed as museums that showcase the art, history, and culture of Alexandria, along with the stories of prominent residents who helped shape the city into such an amazing place in the present day. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know the city, starting with our guide for a historic walking tour of Alexandria.

  • Hotel Bentley – 200 DeSoto St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    A gorgeous, elegant, historic hotel that is still in operation to this day, Hotel Bentley is one of the most fascinating historic places near Alexandria homes for sale. The hotel represented the height of luxury when it was first established in 1908, and has carried that reputation forward for more than a century. Today it's a popular place for glitzy events, elegant nights on the town, and travelers who want to visit Alexandria in style.

  • Alexandria Museum of Art – 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Housed in the historic Rapides Bank and Trust Co. building, the Alexandria Museum of Art is a wonderful place to learn about the work of artists from Alexandria and beyond. While the Alexandria Museum of Art has updated the look in some ways, you can still experience so much of the building's history as you explore the inspiring work on display within the museum.

  • Louisiana History Museum – 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Louisiana History Museum is located in the historic location of the original Alexandria Public Library, which was built in 1908. When the library closed its doors in 1971, the museum took over the space. Learn more about Alexandria history, and trace your own family's history in the area at the museum's genealogical library.

  • Arna Bontemps African American Museum & Cultural Arts Center – 1327 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Literary master Arna Bontemps spent a number of years living in Alexandria, and the Arna Bontemps House has since been converted into the Arna Bontemps African American Museum & Cultural Center. When you visit the museum, you can learn more about the work of Arna Bontemps, his history in Alexandria, and the many ways that African American residents have helped shape local history.

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center – 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The River Oaks Square Arts Center is located in the James Wade Bolton House, which was home to one of the city's most prominent banking families for decades after it was first purchased in 1899. After it was remodeled in 1911, the building has remained largely the same into the present day. The Arts Center features a variety of workshops for artists, along with exhibits that display the work of resident artists.

  • Rapides Parish Library Main Branch – 411 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Rapides Parish Library Main Branch is an example of more modern history in Alexandria, having been built in 1965 in a different style than many of the older historic buildings in the city. Constructed in the Mid-Century Modern architectural style, the building's quartz facade and tall, vertical windows create a unique look. The library itself offers tons of fun community events, classes, and a spectacular selection of media to take home.

Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Alexandria? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.


Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette

Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale

  • ArtWalk
    Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

  • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

  • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

  • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 


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

    Where to Get King Cake in New Orleans

    King Cake in New Orleans

    If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered. 

    1. Angelo Brocato — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
      For over a century, the family of Angelo Brocato has churned out the best ice cream in the French Quarter. It's only natural that they bake up an equally delectable King Cake to sit alongside their custard-based gelato. Don't take our word for it — stop by and celebrate the King Cake Festival, your birthday, or simply the fact that you live in one of the tastiest cities in the country with a King Cake all to yourself!

    2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes — 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, LA 70002
      How amazing are the King Cakes at Manny Randazzo's? They're so good that their award-winning Pecan Praline King Cake was dubbed the "King Cake King" in 2012. Exclusively baking King Cakes, Manny Randazzo's has a line around the corner every season as hundreds of locals and visitors eagerly anticipate sinking their teeth into one of these renowned King Cakes. Trust us, these King Cakes are worth the wait! Pick one up after looking at Metairie homes for sale.

    3. Adrian's Bakery — 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
      Adrian's Bakery delivers a taste of New Orleans so scrumptious, you'll be thankful that this sweet shop sells goodies throughout the year. Their savory King Cake is certainly one of the highlights of their menu. If you're cruising by the University of New Orleans, stop by to sample one of their fresh pastries.

    4. Bywater Bakery — 3624 Dauphine St., Bywater, LA 70117
      Straight from the Culinary Institute of America, Bywater Bakery's chef Chaya brings her talents to NOLA to share her love of baking beautiful food. Bywater Bakery is a fantastic place for breakfast and lunch, as well as a reliable source for specialty catering, but her cakes are her signature staple. As the bakery's name suggests, this location is close to Bywater homes for sale. Order up a King Cake and one of her famous Chantillies — there's no such thing as too much cake!

    5. Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Ste. A., New Orleans, LA 70118
      The artisan bakers at Breads on Oak aren't just pastry chefs and bread bakers — they studied the Old World French bread techniques that made New Orleans one of the greatest bread cities in the country nearly a century ago. These bakers put just as much study and effort into every made-from-scratch King Cake they create. Don't fill up on King Cake alone, though —Breads on Oak also has an amazing menu of all-vegan, made-by-hand dishes like sandwiches, pastries, soups, and more.

    6. Dong Phuong's Bakeshop — 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70129
      DP Bakeshop
      invites your taste buds to experience New Orleans cooking with Vietnamese flair. As one of the first Vietnamese bakeshops in the city, DP's experimental take on New Orleans' classics is unlike anything you've had in the bayou. We promise you won't be disappointed!

    New Orleans is a sweet place to call home, and not just because of the King Cake! If you'd like assistance buying New Orleans homes for sale, contact us today.


    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.  


    New Orleans Spotlight: Bayou Classic

    Bayou ClassicFor New Orleans, Thanksgiving weekend means one thing — the Bayou Classic! This annual college football game is a New Orleans tradition dating back to 1974. This is much more than a yearly football game — it is an event celebrating community and culture within Crescent City.

    The Bayou Classic originally started in 1974, but the rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University goes back to the 1930s. As these two schools went head to head each year, their competition was elevated to the field of Tulane Stadium for the first annual Bayou Classic.

    Having these two college teams featured on this platform was a significant achievement for the players, whose rivalry was routinely overshadowed by LSU and Tulane. To celebrate this first game, the city organized a week filled with festivities leading up to the game. Today, the Jaguars versus Tigers game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our real estate agents invite you to attend the week full of activities leading up to 2019's Bayou Classic!

    46th Annual Bayou Classic Schedule of Events

    • Bayou Classic Press Conference — Monday, November 25th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Kick the week off with the Bayou Classic Press Conference live from the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Get the latest updates, news, and predictions for the big game. Turn on your TV at 10 am for coverage or head down to Gate A to see it live!

    • Coaches Luncheon — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

      If you're lucky enough to receive an invitation, you'll be treated to a delicious lunch at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with the coaches.

    • Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

      Business ideas are put to the test at Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge. This fun and educational program invites undergraduate and graduate students from select universities to learn how to solve real-world problems with technology-based products and services. 

    • Greek Show & Battle of the Bands — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Come rock out and watch a musical battle of the bands from Grambling State University and Southern University. The schools' fraternities and sororities will join the rivalry as well for the Greek Show.

    • Doc Griggs 2X Around the Dome — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Ride a bike or walk around the Superdome twice in a celebration of health then partake in a variety of other fun activities.

    • Bayou Classic Parade — Saturday, November 30th, 2019 Parade begins at Elysian Fields Ave./N. Peters St. and ends at Loyola Ave./Perdido St.
      Grab a great spot downtown and wave to parade floats, marching bands and other talented performers turning the streets of New Orleans into a party.

    • Fan Festival — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Champions Square Lasalle St., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Party like a champion at this free event featuring food and live music.

    • The 46th Annual Bayou Classic — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      The biggest game to come to NOLA every year — the Bayou Classic. Choose a side, choose a seat, and get ready for an unforgettable night!

    Do you want to be within walking distance to all of the Bayou Classic festivities every year? Contact us and let us show you our great New Orleans homes for sale.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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    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. 


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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