Throughout NOLA Pyrate Week we promote many locations & events to highlight New Orleans and Louisiana art, music, food & culture. We encourage ye to join us on these adventures!
Fri. 25 Mar. (9pm until…) / Pirates Alley Café & Olde Absinthe House: Welcome to the 8th annual NOLA Pyrate Week! Join the Crew at our “HQ” (aka favourite gathering spot), hosted/catered by our good mates (and proprietors) – the lovely Thais “La Reina de El Callejón” Solano & the ever dapper Tony “Cadillac” Seville. Light snacks, fine libations & camaraderie – on some o’ the most historic cobblestones in New Orleans! Any donations for the Villalobos Rescue Center – treasure, or anything on their “wish list” (the listed dog food especially) are greatly appreciated!
Sat. 26 Mar. (10am) / Croissant d’Or Patisserie, 617 Ursulines St. – between Royal & Chartres: Pyrate Brunch! Join us as we visit our culinary mates to enjoy traditional French Pastries, Quiches, Cakes, Sandwiches, Soup du Jour, a selection o’ Coffees and more at this old world Patisserie!
Sat. 26 Mar. (1:30 – 4:30pm) / Creole Queen, Poydras Street dock behind the Hilton Riverside Hotel: Historic Riverboat Tour to Chalmette Battlefield! History where it happened along the mighty Mississippi, the battlefield, the Military cemetery – and a few tales ye’ve never heard before!
Easter Sunday 27 Mar. (1pm) / 33nd Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade: Nobody loves a parade like the City o’ New Orleans! Our good mates, Thais & Tony (Proprietors o’ Pirates Alley Café), roll in this spectacle o’ floats, flamboyance, beads & bonnets! It begins at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets, continues across Bourbon Street to St. Phillip Street, rolls down to Decatur Street and back around to Canal Street at the Astor Crowne Hotel. Meet up at Pirates Alley.
Mon. 28 Mar. (10:30am): Pyrates Return To Algiers! A fun, free, family friendly event promoting literacy & history at the Cita Dennis Hubbell branch o’ the N.O. Public Library (724 Pelican Ave., Algiers 504.596.3113 – a 10 minute walk from the Ferry Dock MAP). The Captain & Quartermaster will share some Pyrate & Louisiana history, joined by our mates Confetti Park and our special guest, award winning Author, Co-Founder o’ Int’l. Talk Like A Pirate Day and all ’round fine Pyrate, our mate, Ol’ Chumbucket (aka John Baur) – who will regale us with a reading (see, Pyrates read..even out loud)…promoting his new book, Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter. Ye can purchase a copy – and if ye ask nicely, ye might even get it signed! (see, some Pyrates read AND write) POSTER
Mon. 28 Mar. (6:45pm) : Volunteer Dog Walking at Villalobos Rescue Center. If yer interested in joining us, ye must be over 18, be comfortable around a large group o’ dogs (mostly Pitbulls, up to 50 lbs). Please contact us in advance if ye’d like to join us. Ye must be sure to show up on time. If ye wish to participate in the dog walk, ye must read the Villalobos Volunteer Release Form & Guidelines (especially read the guidelines at the end). Wear closed toe footwear, bring one piece o’ ID and ye will be required to sign paperwork at the walk before a brief instruction. The rescue center is located at 4525 N. Claiborne Ave. (corner o’ Kentucky St., under the bridge MAP)
Sat. Apr. 2: 4th Annual Pyrate Day in Houma! Historic Houma (Terrebonne Parish) – named for the Houma Nation, home to some o’ History TV’s “Swamp People” and a scenic one hour drive south o’ New Orleans! Join us Saturday, April 4 from 11am – 5pm at the Downtown Marina (Bayou Terrebonne & Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Houma, LA MAP).
Raising awareness & donations for our Community Partners, Keep Terrebonne Beautiful!
Right on Bayou Terrebonne (ye can find it on our Official Map). Houma is the seat o’ Terrebonne Parish; Louisiana’s Bayou Country™. Close enough for a “day trip” from New Orleans, but worth staying overnight! Great local Artists/Artisans, live Pyrate music from our mates The Whiskey Bay Rovers, Pyrate games & tests o’ skill, Kids Costume Contest, Bounce Castle, Snoballs, local BBQ and more…family friendly fun up to yer Buccaneers! Read more here…
Tues. 5 Apr. (9am): Pyrate History Day, Town of Jean Lafitte: We journey back to the Barataria Bayou, for the second annual “Pyrate History Day”! We’ve parleyed with our good mate Mayor Tim (Kerner) and have mutually agreed that this day will be spent teaching the young at the local educational institutions about the legacy and importance that Laffite & his crew played in the history o’ the area – and Louisiana in general. “Pyrate Markets”, The Battle o’ New Orleans, cannons, ships & Freemen…Real History ~ Real Pyrates!™ As it happens, Mayor Tim’s family has near as much history in Barataria as Laffite himself – with an interesting twist on the Battle of New Orleans. We will also visit the Barataria Museum & Wetland Trace, and possibly some other mysterious, historical locations!
Fri. 8 Apr./Sat. 9 Apr., Pyrates In Da Prairie – Town of Mamou: Pyrates visit historic Mamou, the centre o’ Creole culture & Cajun Music, in the middle o’ Evangeline Parish, aka ‘Da Prairie’ – and the newly renovated Hotel Cazan! Our first adventure into this area, though with many mates and relations already there. Before anything ‘officially public’, we’ll be meeting with the local community – and plan to visit some local schools, seniors and others. We’ll be helping raise awareness & donations for the hard working folks at Every Paw Animal Rescue (aka Evangeline Parish Animal Rescue – the only one for the whole Parish), as well as promoting the local culture & businesses. Friday will include live Pyrate music from our mates The Whiskey Bay Rovers, Pyrate history, hijinks & more. Saturday morning we’ll pass a good time at Fred’s Lounge – world famous home o’ Cajun Music (and only open Saturdays from 8am – 2pm) for breakfast, live music and a quickstep or two! (broadcast live on KVPI 1050 AM)
We are honoured to have our good crewmate, Captain Wendy Wilson Billiot (aka The Bayou Woman) as our guide! Journey across a natural lake into the serenity and splendour of a thriving freshwater marsh and one o’ the last living cypress swamps in South Louisiana! Your trip through the heart of the most rapidly disappearing wetland in the nation will include seeing areas that are actively washing away, as well as some of the causes of such vivid wetland loss. You will see many varieties of wildlife in their natural habitats including waterfowl, wading birds, alligators, fish, and the infamous nutria.
Ye really must book a Beyond The Bayou Excursion™ to see this for yerself – visit the Bayou Woman website to learn more!