POSTED Wed. Apr 1, 2015
April Is All Things New Orleans
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

No, not Christmas. April. April may be the perfect month in this city. It’s the time when New Orleans is at her most…New Orleans, if that makes sense. Put it another way: April is the time when the city’s best qualities are most in evidence.

First, the weather. From now until sometime in May (June if we’re lucky), the weather is Goldilocks’ perfect – warm, but not sweltering soup. Throw in the added bonus of the extra hour of daylight we all just got, and porch sitting (which, as outsiders note, we excel at) becomes a viable activity well into the evening.

The city blooms. Flowers are sprouting out of my garden that I never knew I planted. Vines are embracing walls and fences. As you can see above, City Park is so green I think it can start exporting chlorophyll.

Second, the food. Outdoor feasts become more common as the crawfish becomes more ubiquitous. We’re advancing into that portion of crawfish season when the bugs get a little bigger, sturdier and more substantive. These days, I don’t generally worry if the guy I buy bugs from is holding back the best crawfish for his buddies – he probably is, but even the bottom of the barrel makes for a good meal at this stage.

See this picture? This picture marks the official first day of spring, for me.

Finally, the festivals. Festival season is well and truly upon us when April hits. The Freret St Festival is this weekend. French Quarter Fest is around the corner (April 9-12). Jazz in the Park starts on April 16th, and of course, the Jazz and Heritage Festival will round out the month.

I mean, this month gets me giddy. Strawberry beer, fatty crustaceans and good music. There is more to life, but not so much more that I could pull myself away from the city at this blessed moment.

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    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.

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    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.

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    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

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