POSTED Tue. Nov 26, 2013

What to do during Thanksgiving week in New Orleans

What to do during Thanksgiving week in New Orleans
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

You think New Orleans stops for Thanksgiving week? Not so, friends, not so. Plenty going on between now and the first of December.

1 Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Turkey Day is a night for local across the country. Expats leave to visit their families and former residents fly in from abroad, with the nights before and after Turkey Day generally devoted to catching up with friends. Neighborhood bars often feel like a high school reunion, which is an interesting phenomenon in a city where said bars have swollen with transplants. If you’re around, you may want to check out Tryptophunk at Tipitina’s on Wed (Nov 27) at 10pm. The band is in and of itself a reunion of local musicians, including George Porter Jr. (The Meters), John ‘Papa’ Gros (Papa Grows Funk), Brian Stoltz (Funky Meters), Terrence Houston (Toubab Krewe), and Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (Bonerama).

2 Mermaids!

No, they’re not swimming on shore, but there’s a pretty cool photography exhibit on the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs at the Ogden. Photographer Annie Collinge captured these shots of the Floridian ‘mermaids’; the above image is part of her portfolio. The exhibit will be presented through January 5, so no worries if you’re out of town this week.

3 The Bayou Classic

This is the 40th anniversary of the storied match between Southern University and Grambling, a game that is as noted for the musical throwdown of the respective marching bands as the actual football. There will be Bayou Classic events going on all week, including a Thanksgiving Day parade from Superdome to the French Market, which rolls from 3:30- 6pm, and the Battle of the Bands and Greek Show on Fri, Nov 29, at the Superdome from 6-10pm.

4 Happy Thanksgivukkah

It’s Thanksgivukkah! Rarely do Hannukah and Thanksgiving coincide, but this year, folks are breaking out the Menurkey. Synagogues across Greater New Orleans are holding services for the event, and many are open to interfaith participation (call the respective institution to check in advance). Or, order off the Hannukah menu at Domenica Jewish head chef Alon Shaya has put together a 3-course menu that will be offered from Nov 27-Dec 5.

5 Celebration in the Oaks

Finally, Celebration in the Oaks, the city’s premier holiday lights display, begins on Nov 29. Head to City Park, bundle up and soak up the winter magic in the cold shadow of the live oaks and willow trees.


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