Fall festivals are back and so is French Quarter burlesque
Don Ames Reporting
The arrival of fall means the return of festivals to the area, and there are a number of them in the area this weekend.
There are family events, like the Algiers Fest on the Westbank, and Irish Fest at the Kingsley House on Constance Street celebrates halfway to St. Patrick's Day.
Not all of this weekend's events attempt to take advantage of fall weather, however.
Beetlemania invades the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium tomorrow and Sunday. And, burlesque is back in the French Quarter this weekend.
The 8th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival takes place at various venues in the city through Sunday.
"We're one of the premiere 'striptease/burlesque' events in the world, and we've got amazing competitors and performers from around the globe," says event coordinator and performer Elle Dorado.
She says the festival features entertainment that was a main attraction in the French Quarter from the mid-1940s through the 60s.
"This particular series of showcases is really an homage to what burlesque originated as. You'll find variety performers, we've got a sword swallower, a magician. So, it really is a well-rounded show that focuses on the striptease, but has many elements to it."
And, she says the striptease is a far cry from what you find in the French Quarter strip clubs of today.
"It's a very artfully done striptease...more about the tease and the theatricality of the experience," Dorado says. "Performers will tell stories, or they'll have really elaborate gowns or props. They can be comedic, sensual, provocative...they can be political. It's really just an expression of the individual performer. And, it's a really fun form of adult entertainment."
"It's funny, it's cheeky, it's irreverent, it's a little bit provocative...but nothing is graphic or will leave you offended. It's a fun way to spend an evening, if you're over 21."
The 7th Annual NOLA on Tap Beer Fest is the largest beer fest in the region. Enjoy food, non-beer drinks and more than 400 local, national and homebrewed beers Saturday in City Park. Listen to music from Flow Tribe, Stoop Kids and Daria & the Hip Drops from 1 to 8pm, with proceeds benefiting the Louisiana SPCA.
It’s a beetle invasion at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016! Visitors to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can visit the Atlas beetle exhibit and frog beetles along with Beetlemania festivities including special preserved John, Paul, George and Ringo Beatle “look-alikes” displayed with guitars in the lobby
The Second Annual Algiers Fest celebrates the military, police and our community at Federal City in Algiers from 11am to 7pm Saturday. The family-friendly festival features live music, local art vendors, food trucks, drinks, and an array of childrens activities for all ages.