This lavishly illustrated volume looks at Christmas in New Orleans from its early days to post-Katrina, in the French Quarter, on Canal Street, and in its houses. It also reminisces about local traditions and lore such as snow, bonfires, foods, literature, music, football, and Twelfth Night.
|Publisher:||Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of Steppin' Out, which airs on WYES-TV in New Orleans. Her professional accomplishments have earned her awards from the Press Club of New Orleans and American Women in Radio and Television. She has garnered praise for her extensive efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans. Laborde is also the coauthor of Pelican's Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way and Christmas in New Orleans.
John Magill is an esteemed Curator/Historian for the prestigious Historic New Orleans Collection. He has contributed numerous articles to New Orleans Magazine, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Magill is also the co-author of Pelican's Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way, and Christmas in New Orleans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Especially for those who lost so much in the engineering disaster of 2005, this is a book with pictures of many memories. I still have my photo of Santa from Maison Blanche. The historical archives of photos is priceless.
While many cities celebrate Christmas in ways that are unique to their area one would be hard pressed to find a city as unique and appealing during the holiday season as New Orleans. Traditions past and present are gathered for us in this keepsake volume with some 168 color photos plus black and white photos, color illustrations, and a comprehensive text. All of this thanks to Peggy Scott Laborde who has produced numerous documentaries on what is now her home city, and John Magill, curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Details of how residents greet the holiday season are featured beginning 200 years ago. That was, of course, before electricity when trees were illuminated with candles (wouldn't dream of that today!), and there were bonfires along the Mississippi River. Authors carry us through the years in 12 chapters right up to now with Benny Grunch and the Bunch. Each of the chapters is devoted to a different aspect of the holiday celebration - our favorite was, of course, the goings-on in the French Quarter. What is Christmas without good food? A recipe for reveillon from Chef John Besh is included as well as comments from such notable locals as Anne Rice and Irma Thomas. Many would probably like to visit the Crescent City during the holidays, and here's one way to do it from your armchair. Enjoy. - Gail Cooke