Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Offical NOLA Dog Park

Plans for the first official dog park in New Orleans can be seen and read about in this week's cover story in Gambit Weekly. The location of the dog park is destined to a little-used area of the park, and it is believed that the addition of the official unleashed area will boost the City Park attendance significantly to more than pre-storm numbers. There will be a pass fee, and access will be granted through a type of swipe card.

Part of City Park's master plan, the design of the 4.6 acre dog park area is well-researched and thoughtful, with features such as a dog wash area and future dog agility course. Says Bob Becker, City Park CEO:

"It means several things for City Park. First, it responds to public demand.Secondly, it's just going to be cool. The committee that's been formed to do it is very gung-ho. With any successful project, if you peel back the layers, you can find a core group that has that passion; this group has that. It's a great way to promote socialization of people. I know it sounds corny, but it could be a great healing place, too."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pinch me, it's another parade!

On Saturday, I treated myself to pampering on Magazine Street. Little did I know I would be running late to my appointment in the middle of the parade route. The parade was scheduled to hit the vicinity around two, right after my appointment, so I thought I might catch a glimpse of it. I had allergies so I was not craving a green beer. But walking back to my car, I already had a $20 parking ticket so I called Ashley to see where she was. She was at Ann's house on Louisiana and Magazine, a great spot for catching the parade.

So I caught a cabbage and some beads. One guy I was standing next to caught a batch of beads, along with the iron hook that held the beads on the float, right on his forehead. He had a mighty, bleeding gash, and was laughing at all the blood. I think that is the magic of thee green beer, lad!

Check out the cute toddler with the mohawk! And there were countless parading men crossing the street to give this lovely red-head named Ashley a flower and a kiss. The parade went on and on, I could not stay for the three hours-it was hot! A gorgeous day..