POSTED Tue. Nov 21, 2017

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Pre (and Post)-Turkey Day Times: Some November New Orleans Events
Written by NEW ORLEANS & ME
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Here are a few Thanksgiving you can enjoy in New Orleans. Beyond the below, don’t forget that on Nov 26 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving), some of the city’s top chefs are coming together to hold a benefit dinner for Puerto Rico. Good cause and good food – sign us up.

Horse Racing
In New Orleans for some locals, opening day at the Fair Grounds Race Course has seemingly eclipsed the Thanksgiving holiday. Everyone is there at the track – everyone – sipping cocktails while dressed in their finest, all topped with the most remarkable hats.

On Thanksgiving day, the racetrack’s Clubhouse offers a fancy traditional holiday dinner with all the trimmings ($70-125 depending on where you sit), or else the common man can stay amidst the crowd and pick off the holiday buffet ($34). For those who might attend the actual horse racing: the first of the day’s races begins at 11am.

Where to Eat
Not having to wash an extended family’s worth of plates, silverware, pie pans and gravy bowls wouldn’t be the worst part of Thanksgiving to miss out on. Go out to eat! Cafe Adelaide in the CBD has an entire Thanksgiving menu that includes white shrimp and cornbread and turkey with Cajun oyster dressing. Broussard’s is rocking a $38 per person Thanksgiving extravaganza in their dining room and courtyard. The always innovative Compere Lapin has a multi-course Thanksgiving menu for $75, which includes vegetarian options.

With all of that said, if you really want to do Thanksgiving like many locals, you could just head to a Popeye’s and get a deep fried turkey. But we suggest trying a non-chain business for your turkey day grocery needs. Pop into the Dryades Public Market for your bird, and pick up a bottle of vino at Grand Krewe or Faubourg Wines. For dessert, you can pick  something up at Bakery Bar or Sucre. You could also head to Brigsten’s and go crazy with their holiday takeout menu, which offers almost everything – cornbread dressing, homemade gumbo – but the bird.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
You might wonder what holiday it really is this Thanksgiving weekend, when the Tigers of Grambling State meet the Jaguars of Southern University for the 44th annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans. Each year, football crashes into the holidays for a four-day feast of events, starting with a massive Thanksgiving parade from the Superdome to the French Market, featuring some of the country’s absolute best marching bands.

The main event is arguably the legendary Battle of the Bands between the Grambling “Marching Tigers” and the Southern “Human Jukebox”. That showdown, slated for Nov 24 from 6-10pm at the Superdome, can get as competitively heated as the football game proper (Nov 25, 4pm, Superdome). The big Bayou Classic parade rolls on Nov 25 from the French Market to the Dome, and is a fantastic way of greeting late November in the Quarter and the CBD.

Shopping
If you’re looking for some great gifts on Black Friday, New Orleans hosts many gift shops, toy stores, clothing boutiques, and is also home to America’s greatest holiday store, Santa’s Quarters on Decatur Street. If you want to stay Uptown, Magazine Street shop owners have come together to offer Merriment on Magazine, a shopping initiative offering everything from sweets to spirits to clothing, jewelry, and crafts, with a an extra large helping of holiday decorations and other good cheer.

Celebration in the Oaks
This year marks the 31st anniversary of one of America’s most elaborate holiday light exhibits, which opens on Thanksgiving Day at New Orleans’s verdant City Park. This year, enjoy 25 acres of holiday cheer – from Storyland, to the Botanical Gardens, to the amusement park.

Drink hot buttered rum on a famous two-mile train ride while soaking in themed displays of Christmas lights hanging from moss-covered oak trees, all reflected in City Park’s lagoons (Nov 24 to Jan 1, but closed Nov 27-30, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve).

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