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2014-08-21 08:25:11

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Friends of the Cabildo, support organization for the Louisiana State Museum, will host the 28th Annual Ghostly Galavant Weekend Fundraisers, October 25-26 and 31. The three-day event offers Ghostly Galavant Tours, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26 and Ghostly Galavant Eat, Drink and Be Scary Costume Party, Halloween, Friday October 31. Ghostly Galavant Tours, October 25-26 will depart every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., each...

2010-09-08 07:58:00

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Orleans Hotel Collection announced today the grand prize winners of its recent Meeting Planner New Orleans Saints Weekend Sweepstakes promotion. Just in time for the start of football season, the lucky grand prize winners will each receive a total package that includes two tickets to a regular home game to see the New Orleans Saints, 2010 Super Bowl XLIV, play in the Superdome. Mr. Rob Schron and Ms. Julie Winward are the two grand prize...

2010-06-01 10:37:00

NEW ORLEANS, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Katrina's deluge was Biblical. When it hit Louisiana and Mississippi the morning of August 29, 2005, the storm caused fearsome destruction. Then the disaster grew worse. The levees - the man-made walls built to protect New Orleans from the water surrounding it - failed. Their collapse flooded 80 percent of the city. By the time the waters receded and the survivors regrouped, Katrina, and then Hurricane Rita, had claimed more than 1,400 lives...

2009-07-30 10:29:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor Day weekend promises to be a decadent affair in New Orleans with the intersection of Southern Decadence and the holiday weekend. The New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center offers truly decadent New Orleans accommodations in the heart of the city to welcome festival guests to the Big Easy. As the largest gay event in New Orleans, Southern Decadence, now in its 39(th) year, is an annual celebration and street party that runs...

2009-01-09 10:17:00

More than 31,000 subscribers vote New Orleans their favorite place to conduct business in the magazine's fifth annual survey NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- New Orleans has been selected as the "Best Domestic Business City" by Global Traveler Magazine and 31,457 of the publication's surveyed travelers. Results for this prestigious annual survey were published in the magazine's December 2008 issue. Global Traveler readers are frequent premium travelers who average 33 round-trip flights...

2008-09-03 15:00:02

By GUY ADAMS The men who predicted New Orleans would be destroyed by "the mother of all storms" faced charges of over-reacting yesterday as residents dusted themselves down and tried, with limited success, to pick their way home to the battered city. A day after Hurricane Gustav swept through Louisiana, causing eight deaths and widespread storm damage - but crucially failing to produce any significant flooding - officials were forced to defend the decision to evacuate more than two...

2008-07-08 18:00:09

By Mary Foster NEW ORLEANS - In New Orleans, cocktails are serious business. What better town for a temple to the tasty history of the American libation? Many outsiders may get their idea of the Big Easy's cocktail culture from the jumbo-sized plastic cups of punch slugged down by tourists on Bourbon Street. But the Museum of the American Cocktail opening this month will focus on the rich history of sophisticated drinks that have been served since Thomas Jefferson was president....


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'