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2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Krewe City Time

Driftwood Kenner, La. 1:00 PM

Cub Scouts Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Krewe du Vieux New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Delusion New Orleans, La. 7:15 PM

Bilge Slidell, La. 12:00 PM

Poseidon Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Mona Lisa and MoonPie Slidell, La. 7:00 PM

Orion Baton Rouge, La. 6:00 PM

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe City Time

Little Rascals Metairie, La. 12:00 PM

Lions Pearl River, La. 12:30 PM

Slidellians Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Perseus Slidell, La. 1:30 PM

Friday, February 17, 2017

Krewe City Time

Artemis Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Eve Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Excalibur Metairie, La. 7:00 PM

Athena Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Cork New Orleans, La. 3:00 PM

Cleopatra New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Oshun New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewe City Time

Push Mow Abita Springs, La. 11:00 AM

Adonis Algiers, La. 11:45 AM

Mystique Baton Rouge, La. 2:00 PM

Nemesis Chalmette, La. 1:00 PM

Olympia Covington, La. 6:00 PM

Caesar Metairie, La. 6:00 PM

Pontchartrain New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Choctaw New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Freret New Orleans, La. 2:30 PM

tit R@x St.Roch/Marigny, La. 5:00 PM

Chewbacchus Bywater/Marigny, La. 6:00 PM

Sparta New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Pygmalion New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Krewe de Paws Slidell, La. 10:00 AM

Titans Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Krewe City Time

Mutts Baton Rouge, La. 1:30 PM

Hyacinthians Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Titans (H) Houma, La. 1:00 PM

Tchefuncte Madisonville, La. 2:00 PM

Femme Fatale New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Carrollton New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

King Arthur New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Alla New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Barkus French Quarter, La. 2:00 PM

Dionysus Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe City Time

Druids New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Nyx New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe City Time

Babylon New Orleans, La. 5:30 PM

Chaos New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Muses New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Friday, February 24, 2017

Krewe City Time

Southdowns Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Aphrodite Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Orpheus (M) Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Centurions Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Hermes New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

D’Etat New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Morpheus New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Selene Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Krewe City Time

NOMTOC Algiers, La. 10:45 AM

Spanish Town Baton Rouge, La. 12:00 PM

MCCA Bogalusa, La. 1:00 PM

Bush Bush, La. 9:00 AM

Lul Luling, La. 12:00 PM

Mardi Gras Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Isis Metairie, La. 6:30 PM

Iris New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Tucks New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Lafcadio New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Endymion New Orleans, La. 4:30 PM

Tohwahpahsah Reserve, La. 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Krewe City Time

Des Allemands Des Allemands, La. 1:00 PM

Terreanians Houma, La. 12:30 PM

Montegut Houma, La. 2:00 PM

Du Monde LaPlace, La. 11:00 AM

Napoleon Metairie, La. 5:00 PM

Okeanos New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Mid-City New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Thoth New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Bacchus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Monday, February 27, 2017

(Lundi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Cleopatra (H) Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Proteus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Orpheus (O) New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

(Mardi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Covington Lions Covington, La. 10:00 AM

Covington Covington, La. 10:15 AM

Folsom Folsom, La. 1:30 PM

Houmas Houma, La. 11:00 AM

Kajuns Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Bonne Terre Houma, La. 4:00 PM

Chahta Lacombe, Miss. 1:00 PM

Argus Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Jefferson Metairie, La. 10:15 AM

Jefferson Trucks Metairie, La. 10:20 AM

Zulu New Orleans, La. 8:00 AM

Saint Anne New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Rex New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Orleans New Orleans, La. 10:15 AM

Crescent City New Orleans, La.

Spirits on Bourbon…Proud home of Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainers Convention 2017

 Tim Buie’s 2nd Annual Piano Entertainers Convention will converge on the French Quarter at Spirits from March 26-29.

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JOIN DUELING PIANO PLAYERS, GREAT PIANISTS, PIANO BAR OWNERS, AND MORE ON INFAMOUS BOURBON STREET FOR FOUR DAYS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES, MASTERCLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH CELEBRITY SPEAKERS, CELEBRATIONS OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND JAM SESSIONS!

The convention is both an informational and networking opportunity for those in the business. There will be classes, seminars, celebrity speakers and live auditions for those in the business. It’s a great opportunity for musicians, entertainers, club managers, owners, and agents to get together and learn from one another discussing all topics in the field.

Seminars will include classes by

Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long time Drummer

Bob Baker, #1 Music Guru and Social Media Expert

Dr. Clark Rosen Vocalist Throat Specialist

Marty Richardson Owner/Pianist Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

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The event will include a Crawfish Boil at Spirits during check in on Sunday as well as a very special charity event. Beginning Sunday at 8pm. Spirits will be open 24 hours for the duration of the convention with DUELING PIANO MUSIC featuring some of the WORLDS MOST ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS playing LIVE at Spirits for 24 hours a day from March 26-29.

In addition to our great staff of musicians at Spirits on Bourbon, performances will include:’l

Billy Joel’s long time drummer Liberty DeVitto,

Dr. Dirty John Valby #1 Comedic and Parody Specialist in the World

Long Island’s own David Clark

Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Foster

Piano Bar Diva Susan Erwin

World Renowned Dueling Pianist Tom Basler

All these great talents and more will converge on Spirits on Bourbon for this 24 hour 4 day event.

Steve Smith, Spirits on Bourbon, “I can’t wait to host the 2017 Piano Entertainer’s Convention.  It’s a great opportunity for musicians from around the world to learn and network with the best in the business. It’ll also be a huge treat for our customers who will reap the benefits of having all this talent under one roof for 4 days. We are going to have great shows 24 hours a day for the entire event. It’s my hope that we can expand this convention into a Festival!!”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits on Bourbon, “With our already great crop of entertainers at Spirits, partnering with Tim Buie and his Piano Entertainer’s Convention was a no brainer. We are so proud of our staff of entertainers and we can’t wait to host this event”

Tim Buie, World Famous Piano Entertainer, “Spirit’s is a a natural host for our 2nd annual event. In the heart of Bourbon St and already with tremendous talent on staff. It’s going to be a great 4 days at Spirits”.

Please Visit PIANO ENTERTAINERS CONVENTION WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!

 

 

 

5th Annual Alzheimer’s  Raffle Raised $3700

In an effort to give back, Spirits on Bourbon  hosted a raffle at Turtle Bay’s , Spirits sister bar on Decatur Street. This is the 5th Annual Turtle Bay Raffle organized by Mardi Johnson as part of the Walk to End Alzheimers.   
The fund raiser consisted of individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations.  
“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and selling the raffle tickets. She outdoes herself each year! We feel lucky to work with her on this,” said Turtle Bays Brad Bohannan
The event continues to grow and it’s 5th year was no exception. This year the event raised $3,700 for the charity bringing a five year total to over $13,000.    
“Alzheimer’s has effected me personally and I look forward to one day ending Alzheimer’s. I will continue to do my part,” Steve Smith. 
“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

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Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay giving Supplies to help Flood Victims.

With all the flooding roaring through Louisiana, Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay has joined the New Orleans  convention and visitors bureau  to help the victims of this natural Disaster.  
Spirits on Bourbon  has donated two truck loads of water and some clothing to help  

  their fellow louisianiansto get through this time of need.  
They looking for Non-Perishable Food Items. Needed food items include: canned vegetables, fruit, and meats (tuna and chicken), soups, stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk. Highly nutritious items such as protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure are also needed.  

  They are asking for Bottled Water and prefer in palettes of twenty four. Personal Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies are especially important. The loading dock at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau  

 is accepting donations from anyone beginning at 4:00 pm Monday, August, 15th, 2016. Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay  hope to continue to help out. If you would like to make a donation drop it off and we will deliver it for you!

Steve hits his Hometown

Last month Steve and his wife Sharon visited Steve’s hometown of Freehold, NJ. “I always love getting back to see the family and old friends. Sharing my roots and stories of my past with Sharon is always very special to me”. 13406789_1025354627513642_1922466715059833721_n No visit to Freehold would ever be complete without a stop at Steve’s favorite pizza spot, Federici’s.  “I really think Fed’s is my inspiration for Turtle Bay Pizza. I love their thin crust” Smith says. “The best part of it all was having many family members their to enjoy it with me. We had a small family reunion and it was very special.” 13339602_1023838064331965_3394171108479526434_n13417680_1023833460999092_1716341617587186860_n Smith says there are a few eateries that he has to hit while back home. He always gets a sub from Sorrentos, Ice Cream from Jersey Freeze, and a few beers with friends at the Court Jester. 13428577_1025485440833894_2247747415007116815_n Steve and Sharon spent a lot of time with his parents Agnes and Bill and sister Tracy. “We took a few rides to the beach and hit the boardwalk. I really miss the Jersey Shore. This area will always be special to me. By far though, the most important part of the trip was spending time with my parents. Living so far away is difficult at times especially as time rolls on. I realize I definitely would not be where I am today without them.” Smith went on to say, “They always gave me great support and encouragement growing up. I always played sports and I was a fair athlete at best but they always made me feel special. Like I could always succeed. I also realize now that I surely got my work ethic from my parents.” Steve’s father, Bill, worked for the local electric company as a mechanic and mom, Agnes, drove a school bus for the local school system. “I remember every power outage getting calls in the middle of the night for my dad to go into work and he would. Also, I don’t think i ever remember my mother taking a day off from work. Not ever!” 13507138_1027343863981385_4692743097831393904_n13435540_1027343143981457_6217225507308813472_n Steve and Sharon also made a visit to Freehold Borough High School. Home of the Colonials. They met with Steve’s former baseball coach Jon Block, also spending time with former teachers and coaches Jim Gill, Stan Parker, and Rick Lister. Smith says, “I was surprised to see that there were still a few familiar faces around. I had so many coaches and teachers I’d like to be able to thank. It was really nice seeing them”. 13445738_1205560356129217_8356064586266342973_n “This place will always have great memories for me. What a thrill it was to get a chance to walk the halls again. I haven’t been back inside since 1988. Much has changed and the place looks great.” Smith explained the he learned so much from Block about preparation and attitude. Smith’s senior year was Block’s first as skipper of the Colonials squad. “It was really amazing to see the transformation. In my first 3 years at the Boro, we stunk. Never finishing at or near .500. When block took over, things instantly changed. We prepared like never before. With that preparation came confidence and an attitude that we could win every time we took the field. Knowing that we were prepared allowed us to play with a confidence and attitude that we had never had before. Nothing was really different about the players, same guys. But we were always prepared and knew we could succeed. I feel like I keep those lessons with me in my work still today”.  Block led  the Colonials to their first conference championship in years in ’88. He has had many since and recently gone on to win his 300th career game as a head coach.  

UFC 200 Was A Huge Success At Spirits On Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon  had a packed house for the UFC 200 pay per view event!  

  Not only does Spirits on Bourbon provide great entertainment with its dueling pianos, but with original New Orleans cuisine it is a great place to watch sporting events.  

  The visitors where excited to watch the UFC premier event UFC 200 as it featured stacked card. Spirits on Bourbon also raffled a Spirits on Bourbon Guitar raising over $400 for its annual Alzheimer event held at Turtle Bay.

 We look forward to seeing you for Sunday football games and future sporting events!

Brad was featured in the Chateau de Vie Magazine

Spirits on Bourbon  is known for its World Famous Resurrection drink, great food, Dueling Pianos and a notorious barber chair which has become a must-do for anyone visting the French Quarter! It’s also known as a great place to watch sports. With a beautiful courtyard in the rear, one can host a party, get away talk or have your own private crawfish boil! In fact, you may have seen the Spirits Courtyard many times on television without even knowing it! Spirits has been feature numerous times on television on networks such as E, Esquire, Spike, and VH1 not to mention several local and National news spots!    
Turtle Bay on Decatur Street is known for its great pizza and quaint atmosphere! In fact, PMQ magazine named Turtle Bay and Brad Bohannan as the king of New Orleans Pizza . Turtle Bay is visited nightly by the haunted history tour which highlights it’s interesting and checkered past! Touted as one of the Quarters best local hangouts, it’s probably most popular for its full late-night menu! So come on down to Turtle Bay which USA today voted best late night eats in New Orleans and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Turtle Bay ghost Story! 
Both locations are owned by Chateau resident, Brad Bohannan, who is a true entrepreneur! He is a self employed Restaurateur, owner of a music publishing company, real estate developer and motivational speaker!

Come watch PPV UFC 200 at Spirits on Bourbon

     Spirits on Bourbon is known for its great drinks, food and Dueling Pianos. It’s also known as a great place to watch sports!   We are excited to announce we will be showing the pay-per-view, UFC 200, at Spirits on Bourbon!  So make plans to see the great fights and reserve some tables to get the best seats in the house!

 UFC 200 PPV Main Event:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones

UFC 200 PPV Co-Main Event:

265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt  
Other Scheduled UFC 200 Matches:
135 lbs.: Women’s Bantamweight Champion Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes 

 145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title

265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

135 lbs.: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

170 lbs.: Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

135 lbs.: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi

155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez

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Turtle Bay Was Featured in New Orleans Ghosts Voodoo and Vampires Journey Into Darkness

Turtle Bay  on Decatur Street is known for its nightly visits in the haunted history tour. Here is one of the stories in New Orleans Ghost Voodoo and Vampires Journey into Darkness Book. . So come on down to Turtle Bay and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Ghost Story. 

 By Kalila Katherina 

Turtle Bay is a newly renovated bar and restaurant that had a number of ghostly inhabitants. Once a favorite hang out with the vampire culture of the 1990s is now a mainstream hotspot for food, libations and lively New Orleans music.
The building is situated directly behind but Ursuline Convent, The oldest building in New Orleans. In the 1700s the lamb a part of the convent ground, and today only a small brick wall in the courtyard separate the two properties. 

  The Ursuline nuns originally came to New Orleans as nurses to care for the victims of yellow fever and Indian attacks. The nuns also use this land including that were Turtlebay is now situated to bury the dead. The courtyard is charged with energy typically found in burial ground. In a recent investigation of a residential outing we felt the situation I’m being pulled down words in this area. 
There is an active hunting here as well. During our investigation, we discovered the presence  

  of a female entity. Emily once oa servant here are the petite young woman with a little education.  She died of yellow fever on the property and continues to reside in the upper apartment of the building and in the kitchen.
 We were the first calleded in to do this investigation when the owner of the building noticed that his clothes were soaked with water after placing them on a chair when he undressed. There was neither a leak in the ceiling nor any other explanation for the sudden water. One employees reported that kitchen appliances often turned on spontaneously. A knife flew across the room on its own and Broke. The tip of the knife was never found.  Recently a family on the tour captured a thick Fogg of ectoplasm in the seating area at the bar. The ghost seems to enjoy the music and visit from tourist, but is a bit picky as to whom is in her kitchen. 

 

Turtle Bay Ghost Story

By Alison Fensterstock 

 
I’m tying my shoe in the kitchen of the Turtle Bay bar and restaurant on Decatur Street when I’m suddenly aware that I may be about to die in a horrible and grisly manner. It’s a sunny late-summer afternoon, and I’ve stopped by to try and snap some digital pictures of the three knives that allegedly were thrown at Turtle Bay’s cook, Chisesi Simpson, by a cranky ghost or a sneaky, malevolent, unseen force. Simpson leads me back into the kitchen where the first two knives are lying on the stainless steel countop.

“I don’t know where that other one’s at,” says Simpson. “Oh, there it is.” He strides down the length of the small, airy courtyard kitchen, toward the capped sewer drain where the ghost, which the bar has named “Boudreaux,” lives. It’s then that I notice that the lace of my left Converse All-Star has come undone. As I bend down to tie it, Simpson says, “Man, Boudreaux was pissed after you were here yesterday. He was really acting up, throwing stuff around. He threw this pan here all the way out there.” 
I look up briefly to see the cook holding up a steel pan and gesturing with it to a spot at least 10 feet away. I flash on how this would all play out in a predictable horror movie. Nosy reporter girl angers ghost … returns to bar on innocent errand … knife mysteriously missing. While everyone in the theater is silently yelling Get out of there! Don’t tie your shoe! Run, girl! the cook is possessed and murders me while the audience grumbles how they saw it coming a mile away.   
I straighten up quickly and realize Simpson is standing over me, brandishing a large knife. “Found it,” he says.
The Turtle Bay ghost is only the most recent bar haunting investigated by Kalila Katherina Smith, a tour guide for the Haunted History Tours who both founded the New Orleans Paranormal and Occult Research Society and is the Louisiana state head of the National Ghost Research Society. Her book New Orleans Ghosts and Vampires notes several haunted bars in the French Quarter including Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Cosimo’s, Yo Mama’s and O’Flaherty’s. She believes that the violent atmosphere of the locales, many of which have been saloons of one kind or another over hundreds of years, predisposes them to the kind of tragic or gruesome on-premises deaths that cause spirits to linger. The 1100 block of Decatur Street where Turtle Bay is located is a particularly fertile area for haunting. Most of that land once belonged to the Ursulines Convent on Chartres Street and served as a potter’s field for yellow fever victims in the 18th century.   
“There are probably more haunted bars in the French Quarter than we could ever put on a tour,” she says. “We pick the ones with the most activity and that are the best documented historically. But you’ve got death on top of death on top of death, from yellow fever, fires, hurricanes, violence — a high concentration of death in such a small area. Plus voodoo activity calling up spirits. And people who are drinking are more open to spirits, more open to those experiences.”
Smith recently participated in an investigation of the Turtle Bay ghost in conjunction with the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters. She still isn’t ready to explain the ghost’s behavior, although she’s clearly intrigued. “It’s been turning equipment on and off in the middle of the night, throwing hot water,” she says. “And it’s usually pretty rare for a ghost to attack.”