Enjoy “Family Pyrate Day” in a wonderful neighbourhood that is one o’ New Orleans best kept secrets!
Not only do we plan to have the usual Pyratical treasures, musical entertainment, food and jolly company, but we’re also joining the 13th Annual “Treasures From The Point” aka “the Porch Sale Of The Century” (over 90 families involved in New Orleans largest garage/porch sale)!
In accord with Confetti Kids / Confetti Park & hosted by Warren & the jolly crew at the historic Old Point Bar! Outdoor Merchants Market, Kids Activities, Storytellers, Live Music with Whiskey Bay Rovers, Food & Drink, walk along the Levee…and a generally grand time with yer mates! Support the community efforts o’ Confetti Park Kids with a helpful donation and don’t forget to tip the Bar Staff & the Band! Warrens Corner will become a “Kids Pub” with entertainment, food and more for the wee swabs – and collecting donations for Confetti Kids community projects!
Meet Davy Vain, our mate, special guest & Order of Leviathan recipient – here to share some real Pyrate history about shipboard Sawbones (aka Barber/Surgeon/Dentist), history o’ Pyrate Flags and Language at sea (that still gets used on land). Come see his display o’ instruments, tools, weapons and the like…if yer lucky, maybe he’ll train ye as a Surgeon’s Apprentice!
Just across the river from the hustle & bustle o’ New Orleans is a quiet community with a long history – good and bad – as the second oldest part o’ City! Old Algiers was ‘founded’ by the French in 1719; o’ course the original Peoples were living there long before that because o’ the rich soil and plentiful fishing & hunting opportunities. The land was originally granted to Jean Baptiste LeMoyne (Sieur de Bienville) and noted for being part o’ the ‘King’s Plantation’ which stretched from Plaquemines all the way to Donaldsonville and up to Natchez, Mississippi. For a time, Algiers was home to the city’s Powder Magazine (Powder Street is named in memory o’ that today)!
Shipbuilding, sawmills, iron foundry, railroad yards and even the US Navy in 1848 are all part o’ the history here – o’ course Blaine Kern’s world famous “Mardi Gras World” was here for many years (as is Mr. Kern’s home). Later on Vaudeville Theatres and Dance Halls were staples o’ the entertainment in the area and the birthplace o’ much o’ the New Orleans Jazz sound!
Algiers Point was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a local historic district in 1994.
Unless ye have yer own boat, the easiest way to get there is the Canal St./Algiers Ferry from the foot o’ Canal St. (Pedestrians & Bicycles only, every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, $2/ride, $1/65+). O’ course ye can drive, or take the bus, across the bridge (aka “Crescent City Connection”, US-90). There IS a vehicluar Ferry, but it’s over in Chalmette and lands in Lower Algiers…still a cheap trip, though at $2/vehile+driver and $1/passenger). See our official MAP for these and other places.
There are a few spots to stay on “The Westbank” that are affordable and not far from Algiers Point, check with them directly or via yer favourite lodging search (hotels.com for example). Most have the usual discounts (AAA/CAA, AARP, Military, etc.):