Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SUPER ENTHUSED BLOG: Halloween Weekend in New Orleans/ Lestat Coronation Ball, October 2014

Travel back in time with me to 5 months ago, Halloween 2014, as I recount my trip to New Orleans to attend the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club's Lestat Coronation Ball, part of Undead Con, a series of related events happening in New Orleans on Halloween weekend.

Like many in my age group, my first visit to New Orleans (2002) was largely prompted by the romance and nostalgia of Mrs. Rice's works. As a teen, besides dragon and space-themed novels and sagas, I was all about that Anne Rice. As I grew into an adult and my literary world expanded, the novels of my youth never lost a place in my heart, and the vivid descriptions of New Orleans never left my imagination.

By 2014, I had been visiting New Orleans for over a decade and I feel more at home there than most other places, besides my actual home, though I had never visited for Halloween (or for Mardi Gras, but that will soon be remedied!). I try to mostly avoid the tourist traps, and make a point to visit new neighborhoods and areas on each visit.

We purchased general admission tickets to the ball and did not plan to attend other Undead Con events due to time limitations. Next time, we will surely purchase VIP tickets and attend more Undead Con events.

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans and I have no complaints about this hotel. It's in the Central Business District, walking distance to the Vieux Carré, and a pleasant streetcar ride to the Garden Distinct, Magazine Street and more. Our room had a nice view of the CBD. The venue for the ball was The Republic, New Orleans.

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Join me and some friends as we visit Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios for a Passholder Preview first look before the ...