A Taste of New Orleans Culture
I am in a New Orleans mood today. It is kind of difficult to explain, but I will try.
As I’ve mentioned, New Orleans is a very magical city. In a way, it’s like The City of Oz. There are casinos, cruises docking, live jazz in the streets, enticing aromas of Creole food, and boiled seafood, and anything you can imagine to indulge, but only if you do it in excess.
New Orleans has a bar on nearly every corner in certain neighborhoods. They still call them barrooms. As single person, those barrooms are a savior because nearly every day of the week, they feature food. They may have fried chicken, red beans & rice, on Mondays, boiled crawfish (not crayfish) and crabs on Wednesday, and Fish Fry Fridays. A single person doesn’t really have to prepare dinner, because there is always a barroom that serves free food with a drink.
New Orleans is one of the few cities that allows 3 and 4-for-1 drink specials. When you purchase your first drink, additional plastic Dixie cups are placed top down on the bar for your next rounds.
New Orleans offers variety with excitement, ‘the best of’, in the most important categories: Food, Drink, Music, Dance, Gambling, Festivities, and Charm.
On top of all of that, because of its extreme humidity, no one ever really dresses up, except during the Mardi Gras ball season. You just come as you are. That’s why it’s the ‘Big Easy’.
But if you are not careful and disciplined, this Land of Oz, or Sodom and Gomorrah, as Pentecostal Baptists would refer to it, can get you in a lot of trouble.
There is crime everywhere. Some of the police and officials are corrupt. Corruption is actually part of the culture. And, in the black community, it’s a crab race. Those who seem kind to you, may not be your friend.
In New Orleans, the public education system is failing, therefore ignorance runs rampant. Hundreds of years of oppression has caused blacks to be the poorest group in the city. Most blacks work in hospitality, service, and labor jobs.
Chances are you won’t have the option of rationalizing with your would-be assailant, because they will not be educated, and won’t have good common sense. Needless to say, there are numerous senseless killings in New Orleans.
Natives are numb to this. You might wonder why?
Natives are numb to the dark realities of the city because New Orleans is magical!
Just when you become frustrated, festival season begins, to take your mind off of your frustrations. When hurricane season ends, there’s the Bayou Classic, Sugar Bowl, and Mardi Gras around the corner.
Even if you have the blues, you could drop into nearly any barroom, get your drink on, eat, and have good conversation. I gua-ran-tee!
New Orleans is an escape for many people, not only tourists. Native folks escape the realities of oppression in New Orleans’ playground.
New Orleans is a bit of a trap for some.
The constant medication of the blues with festivals, drinks, eating, drugs, and fantasy, has many people trapped. Mayor Mitch Landrieu coined a phrase for this state of mind as, ‘stuck on stupid’.
The magic of this Land of Oz puts many to sleep like Dorothy was in the poppy fields, when they need to ‘stay woke’.
One must be careful and strategic to escape from the trap of New Orleans.
I am glad that I escaped. All of my siblings escaped from New Orleans too, except for my oldest brother, Godfrey, who lives there alone.
I am in a New Orleans mood today, because New Orleans entices you to escape your current space, and into its charm. If only for a visit, without indulging into everything you’re offered, the escape into its culture is a one-of-a-kind experience.
There is no other place that I’ve been, worldwide, that has the charm of New Orleans! It is a third-world city in America. It is the Caribbean of the South, Africa in America.
‘The Big Easy’, is easy breezy, but don’t be too easy! ….Just a bit.
The fact that it is a bit dangerous, is just what amplifies its charm.
It’s almost like you justify the danger for experiencing this one-of-a-kind charm. It’s sad, but it’s true.
Since, I swore that I would never return to New Orleans again, I’m going to give you a sample platter of the culture, from where my story began.
I goanna get my New Orleans on through the music, slang, and videos below.
‘It don’ madda’ if you don’t like it, but I hope that you do.
New Orleans Slang
Lolly breaks down New Orleans SLANG – 28,375 views – Edward Buckles – Published on Apr 19, 2017
While at ‘Super Sunday’, social media figure @LookatLolly gives us an inside scoop on the slang that is used in New Orleans. “Yay La Boy like Quank!”
New Orleans Beyond Mardi Gras – 60,715 views – Published on Mar 25, 2015
NOLA, Nawlins, The Big Easy. Whatever the nickname, the city of New Orleans has something magical to it. A melting pot of cultures and traditions that blend so effortlessly, it’s hard not to fall in love with the people, music and food.
How New Orleans People Order Food At Drive Thru – 269,160 views – Mod27 – Published on Jul 26, 2016
New Orleans Tourism
Five Things Not to Do in New Orleans – Fodor’s Five – 80,422 views – Fodor’s Travel – Published on Feb 2, 2016
Conquer the Big Easy with these practical tips on what not to do in New Orleans: http://fodrs.co/XS0YV
New Orleans Culture
Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans | National Geographic – 152,957 Views – National Geographic – Published on Feb 12, 2013
There’s more to Mardi Gras in New Orleans than just one day or just one parade. Visit behind the scenes as preparations begin days, weeks and even months in advance of the big celebrations. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe
Black Folk Don’t: New Orleans Special – 28,995 views – BlackFolkDont – Published on Jun 28, 2012
What’s so special about New Orleans, Louisiana? Well the crew of Black Folk Don’t headed down South for this season to find out just that! Because black folk don’t do New Orleans, OK, they totally do!
New Orleans Second Lines – 154,939 views – GoNOLA – Published on Jul 28, 2014
Discover the history and tradition of the second line in New Orleans with GoNOLA TV! To learn
Jubilation Fills the Streets on New Orleans’ Second Line | KQED Arts – 8,162 views – KQED Arts – Published on Apr 26, 2018
When the average person thinks of parades in New Orleans, they’re probably thinking of the Mardi Gras processions that attract hordes of tourists every Carnival season. But for locals, it’s all about the second line, which fill the streets with joyful dancing and live brass bands every Sunday, ten months out of the year.
Farewell to a New Orleans icon: Mr. Okra – 1,497 views – WWLTV – Published on Feb 16, 2018
The beloved produce vendor was known across the city for his iconic truck and booming voice, which would advertise his fruits and vegetables for sale.
Meet a Unique Flavor to New Orleans, Mr. Okra – 9,202 views – This Week in Louisiana Agriculture – Published on Jul 11, 2014
Whether it’s watermelon, tomatoes, zucchini or cucumbers — Mr. Okra’s got what you need. TWILA’s Taylor Frey introduces to this New Orleans icon who sells produce from the back of his pick-up and brings a unique favor to the streets of the Crescent City.
STORY OF NEW ORLEANS CREOLE COOKING – SHORT – 10,969 views – DURCP FILMS – Published on May 27, 2016
The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot is a full-length documentary that unveils the untold stories of New Orleans black chefs, cooks, street food vendors, grocers and butchers from 1718 to the present. Highlighting the trials and triumphs of being black, working, cooking and eating in the culinary capital of the United States throughout the centuries. From Nellie Murray, the most sought after Créole de couleur caterer in New Orleans for many premier society balls and parties in the 1890s to the legendary Leah Chase, chef and co-owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant.
New Orleans Music
Iko, Iko – the Dixie Cups – 3,713,109 views – Adamfulgence – Published on Dec 10, 2009
Iko, Iko is a Mardi Gras song in which Indian tribes, dressed in extraordinary costumes, chant this song during a mock battle between the tribes. The lyrics that aren’t in the native language have been translated in many ways thus leaving room for different interpretations.
The Meters – They All Ask’d For You – 244,164 views – themetersfunk – Published on Dec 29, 2008
The Meters – They All Ask’d For You, 5th track from the album Fire On The Bayou(1975)
Fats Domino- I’m Walking To New Orleans (With Lyrics) – 1,040,906 views – AlfaBee2010 – Published on Aug 2, 2011
Professor Longhair “Big Chief, pt 2” 1964, Watch Records – 17,369 views – GoYeah GoRadio – Published on May 19, 2013
Bo Dollis And The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – “Handa Wanda” – 143,716 views – fabioLNDT – Published on May 5, 2010
ReBirth Brass Band – “Do Watcha Wanna Part 3” (From Meet Me At Mardi Gras) – 159,861 views – Rounder Records – Published on Jan 30, 2013
The Meters – Hey Pocky A-Way – 802,975 views – TurriFunky – Published on Sep 27, 2009
New Orleans Louisiana Creole Cajun Zydeco Music. Blues & Jazz of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday NOLA Saints – 1,652,264 views – Corey Barksdale – Published on Feb 13, 2009
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