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!
While not everything may be listed here, join the email list and follow our social media accounts to keep up!
Thurs. 29 March: Pyrate History Day, Town of Jean Lafitte: We journey back to the Barataria Bayou, for our annual “Pyrate History Day” (this year as part o’ the “Spring Fling” festival)! 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 also visit the Barataria Museum & Wetland Trace, and possibly some other mysterious, historical locations – and partake o’ some local food & drink! (Please note, this is a private event for the immediate crew)
Fri. 30 Mar. (9pm until…) / Pirates Alley Café & Olde Absinthe House: Welcome to the 10th 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 del Callejón” Solano & the ever dapper Tony “Cadillac” Seville. Light snacks, fine libations & camaraderie – on some o’ the most historic cobblestones in New Orleans! Dress for the occasion and bring yer doubloons…it’s always a night o’ merriment & tales o’ adventure. Join us AGAIN the following Friday (6 April); same Pyrate Time, same Pyrate Alley!
Sat. 31 Mar. (10am) / Le 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! The perfect way to start the day.
Sat. 31 Mar. (9pm – TBA) New Orleans Vampire History Tour: Join our crewmate (and internationally renowned Tour Guide) Jonathan Weiss on a leisurely stroll into the darkness…details to follow. This is a ticketed event: Adults $25, Student/Teacher, Military, Seniors, Law Enforcement $18 (not recommended for young children). Bonus VIP event – 21+ only – add $15: includes VIP admittance to a secret speakeasy incl. cover charge and one drink. An extra hour of post-tour discussion with your guide – stories not told on the Vampire tour, secrets known by no other guide, strange encounters, and the distillation of decades of research. It also includes the password to obtain re-admittance for the rest of the night! The most Unique experience in the Quarter!
Easter Sunday, 1 April (1pm) 35th Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade: Nobody loves a parade like the City o’ New Orleans! A 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. (4:30pm) The 19th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade (4:30pm) – benefiting Food For Friends (a vital program of the NO/AIDS Task Force in New Orleans). The parade showcases the fashion and creativity of the entire LGBT community with gentlemen in summer suits/tux with hats, and ladies in Easter suits/dresses with Easter hats. Truly “giving back” to the community, this parade (minus expenses) has now raised a whopping $286,842.13 for charity the past 16 years!
Tues. 3 April (10:00am – 1:00pm) Volunteer Bead Sorting at ARC-GNO: This is a great organization that we ‘met’ many years ago – purchasing crawfish sacks full o’ recycled beads for our parade. We gather now to assist them in the monumental recycling task o’ sorting, wrapping & packaging beads and other throws collected from around the city! Aside from their years o’ work recycling Mardi Gras throws, ARC of Greater New Orleans serves more than 1000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental challenges in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. ARC provides various services throughout the entire community including Family Service Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment Services, Day-Habilitation and Supported Living Assistance. We are honored to be joining them to give back what we’re able! ARC is located at 925 Labarre Road Metairie, LA – if ye wish to join us, ye must have yer own transportation to/from the location.
Sat. 7 April (11:00am – 5:00pm): Family Pyrate Day! A fun, free, family friendly event promoting literacy, history and a good time for all in Confetti Park, Algiers Point (ye can take the Canal St. Ferry and walk up) – supporting the initiatives o’ our mates, Confetti Kids! Live music from the Whiskey Bay Rovers, local Authors, Entertainers, Artisans, a neighbourhood wide porch sale…and Pyrates! Read more here…
Other adventures are always being planned (and occasional adjustment). Join the email list, follow the Captain on Twitter/Google+/Swarm/Instagram and join the Facebook Group to keep up. Social links at the top o’ every page!
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 Bayou Woman Adventure™ to see this for yerself – visit the Bayou Woman website to learn more!