This past weekend was one of those rare blocks of time that I really and truly take off of work — no “quick” tasks, no checking in via email, nada — and what a weekend to do it! Over 500,000 people stormed the French Quarter in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival Thursday through Sunday with stages set up all over town for miles playing some of the best music, and restaurants in their popup tents serving whatever you can set your stomach on (which speaks nothing of the drinks, oh lawdy). After brunch on Sunday I biked down to the river with my friend and we spent hours winding around the city, stopping in bars, hanging out by the stages, and just generally feeling lucky to live here and have free festivals like this right outside your door. I had planned to do these nails earlier but the past few days sort of got away from me, so here’s a little FQF love a couple of days late.
First, the base: China Glaze Electric Beat from the Electropop collection — once I got it on (two coats) I *almost* didn’t want to cover it up. Almost. It’s a great mid-range sort of blue; not so dark or muted that it loses its “sky” quality, but not so bright either that it’s a screaming Smurf about it. Had to take a picture of it all by itself for posterity:
Then, of course, went and covered it all up in acrylic. There’s a theme, see?
Crawfish on the pinky: saw the Zydepunks (lead fella knows 9 languages!) playing over by Esplanade/across from BMC and of course there was a crawfish boil from Rouses right near us, smelling up the whole joint with the unmistakably delicious scent of boiled mudbugs.
The FQF lamppost icon dude on the ring, because he’s a happy lookin’ little bugger.
Andrew Jackson statue in the middle: if you’ve been to New Orleans, you’re familiar with this statue from Jackson Square in the heart of the Quarter — stopped by here for a bit to catch what we could of The New Orleans Bingo Show. And if you’ve not been up real close, you may not have noticed an unattributed quote at the foot of the statue, added by Gen. Benjamin Butler: ”The Union must and shall be preserved.” You can read more about “The Beast” Butler and the state of New Orleans during the Civil War over here (interesting stuff if you’ve got the time).
Hotel Monteleone crest on the index (official sponsors of FQF): This past year the hotel completely renovated a ton of their common areas as part of their 125 year anniversary, including the delightful Carousel Bar — a full carousel that rotates slowly as you sit there nursing $15 cocktails (expensive, especially for this town, but somewhere between the concoctions, atmosphere and slow rotation of things it doesn’t seem so bad… can’t count how many night have ended here on the way home).
So thanks French Quarter Fest for another amazing year — can’t wait to see who comes out to play in 2013!
And don’t forget, less than a week left for the MASH giveaway, be sure to enter!
(No, my fingers aren’t melting, the rain’s just a little relentless this afternoon and the overhang on the porch doesn’t do a great job of actually protecting one from the rain… so I got a little wet taking these pics.)