Fourth in the series of daily diary entries by French Quarter writer/historian Frank Perez, this piece covers unfortunate hair-cuts, making groceries, and graffiti scrubbing.
- by Frank Perez
A photo album: The city's four Easter parades may have been cancelled, but that didn't stop Margarita Bergen and other New Orleanians from celebrating with style.
If we can't have an Easter parade, let's pop on a bonnet, pour a mimosa (or two) and toast the four krewes who made the 2019 holiday one to remember.
- photos by Ellis Anderson
Few have ever seen the French Quarter except through a thick and ever-present veil of tourists. Now they've all gone home, who remains? We caught these street snaps during the week of March 29 - April 4, 2020, on the third week of the COVID shut-downs,
- by Ellis Anderson
Note: These photos were all taken before the CDC began recommending masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
A short video: Toward the end of our Sunday evening dog walk, the sound of a clarinet pulled us off our usual route and up to the 800 block of Royal Street. Noted musician Tim Laughlin was playing on his balcony. As I watched, four other residents of the building came out and stood on the street to listen to their neighbor (they're out of the frame on the right, standing well apart from each other). Laughlin teases them at the end - "It's the first time I've ever emptied a building!" Feeling fortunate to have captured the moment.
A short video: The final dog walk of the day is very short now, just to the fire hydrant and back. We should be used to the quiet by now, but marvel anew every night. The dogs are very confused by the fact that we stand in the middle of the intersection, simply because we can.
A short video: We can't usually pinpoint the day each year when the Chimney Swifts return from wintering in South America. One day, we'll just began noticing them soaring overhead. In the new, quieter Quarter, their squeaky-wheel hunting song sailed in through the open doors to the balcony at twilight on April 1st. We ran out to welcome them home. They fly so fast and high, there's not really much to see on this vid, but at least you can hear them.
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