FOURTH OF JULY IN NEW ORLEANS | ESSENCE FESTIVAL
Within this blog post, I’ll be sharing my first day in New Orleans. It’s my first-time traveling to the Nola. Plus it’s my first time at the Essence Festival. My first full day fell the Fourth of July. Continue reading this blog post to see how this plus size fashion blogger celebrated the birth of the nation in the New Orleans’ French quarters.
“We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore.” _Nina Simona
Plus Size Photo Shoot In New Orleans
I kicked off my fourth of July in New Orleans with a photo shoot. With the help of fellow blogger Shamika, I had done some research on photographers in New Orleans. I emailed a few a settled on Britt of brittsmithphotography. Which was a wise choice! Britt worked looked amazing but more importantly, she was very professional. She’s replied to my emails in a timely manner. On the day of our shot, she was on time. She was easy going and friendly. And I love my photos and I know you will too!
Dining In New Orlean’s French Quarter
I grabbed a lite bit at a placed called Willie’s Chicken Shake. The food was good but it’s a chain restaurant so if you’re looking for a down-home meal this isn’t the place to go.
I hope to find some authentic food within the time I’m in New Orleans.
Fourth Of July Fireworks On The Algiers Point Ferry
This being my first time in New Orleans plus it’s the holiday I know I was in for a good time. And I was right! I had a few options on what to do to celebrate the fourth of July. The bar scene in New Orleans is always fun. However, I know I wanted to see a fireworks show. When I’m home I often stay in the house and watch the firework show on T.V. unless I’m with my family. I was lucky because my hotel was only a few blocks from the Dueling Barges fireworks show. Dueling Barges fireworks show is a free event that’s part of the “Go 4th on the River” celebration held at the Mississippi River’s riverfront.
I knew this was my chance to take a boat ride on the Mississippi River. Image the view of the fireworks from a boat sailing across the river. There were two options.
One option was to book a ride in the Creole Queen steamboat and watch the show from the deck. The Creole Queen cruise started at 7 p.m., and includes an open bar, a buffet of “American favorites”, and three music room choices. Adult tickets were $129 and not in my budget so I went with my other option the Algiers Ferry.
The Algiers ferry has been operation since 1827, that can be boarded at the foot of Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium of the Americas. The ferry ride only costs $2 each way. The ferry ride is about a half hour trip each way. Because I was taking the ferry to see the fireworks I quickly took the ferry back to the other side. If you’re a land lover you can plan a picnic at Woldenberg Park, at the Moon Walk (the riverside promenade, or on the other side of the river in Algiers and watch the fireworks from there. That didn’t go as planned. I ended up oversleeping so Tot and I went to the casino nearby to people watch.
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Look what I found! So glad you had a nice trip to New Orleans, Latoya.