A New Orleans Vieux-To-Do.
There were some good bands to kick off the festival including the band of lil' Nathan (his dad is Nathan of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas's--who we've seen along with lil' Nathan's other, younger brother) and Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco band. The latter was one of my favorite performances of the festival. It's so fun watching everyone dance. The food, beer and creole tomatoes were excellent. Perfect day.
Got up and headed out of New Orleans to see Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation not too far out. We saw a dead alligator on the highway...a little bigger than the roadkill we're used to in the Midwest. It was an interesting tour and did a good job at incorporating everyone who lived on the plantation, not just the home's owner (see my blog on Virginia for disappointing examples). It helps that the story of the creole home is a good one. The tour included the grounds that housed an authentic slave cabin (albeit one that was expanded post-civil war). After the tour, we were back in the French Quarter for the start of the festivals. The official title of the 3-festival celebration is