Wednesdays in the Square are magnificent!!! Ivan Neville is a few weeks away, if I recall the lineup correctly. The music is going an hour later this time around. Usually ended at 7pm, going to 8 now. The best thing you can do is get in early, around 4:30 to find a spot before all the offices let out. This is like a huge outdoor happy hour for the locals. Buy a bunch of tickets and get a couple of drinks initially. Hit the food vendors with your tickets between shows, and then get more drinks. No need for dinner after a night of this. No problem walking back to your hotel. Piece of cake. This is a free event. You cannot bring in any outside food or drinks. Please support the event with a few purchases.
This is a very popular event for locals and always well-attended.
I looked at a Google map and to me it looks too far for walking after dark, but I'm sure somebody that actually knows can confirm/deny my thoughts.
It really does look like fun though - I'd consider just calling a cab when you're done.
For me, there's a difference between "after dark" and "late at night".
The concerts end at 8:00 p.m. and the sun will have barely set. It's a very popular event, so there will be a couple of thousand other people leaving the square. Leave the square and walk down St. Charles, I can't imagine having any issues at 8:00 at night!
Now would I walk it alone at 1:00 in the morning, that would be a different story.
The most dangerous thing about Wednesdays in the Square is the booth serving super spicy andouille on-a-stick. That little snack sent me to the local urgent care and sidelined me for four days of my six day trip. You have been warned! Otherwise, I wouldn't be worried about walking back after the show. You can always stop at Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar on the way back as they may have their crawfish boil going on Wednesdays.
Thank you, thank you.....YAY!
We get in on Wednesday mid-day and I had originally planned happy hour at Antoines for dinner (with coupon mentioned on this forum), but this sounds more up HusbandDog and my alley!
Anyone heard the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?
I think everyone who lives here has has heard the Dirty Dozen Brass Band! You're going to have a great time! Look for Lou and I if you get a chance. We're usually on the right side of the statue...lounging in a portable green and white striped love seat and drinking rum!
As another poster said...go down st. charles and cross Canal..no problem with all the people walking around when the festivities end.
Diver Drew, I am assuming that you got food poisoning from your andouille-on-a-stick. Tell us more. Did you have to go to the emergency room? Which hospital? Did you get good medical care? Was it covered by trip insurance?
Watsup, it was not food poisoning. Here's an excerpt from my trip report and a link to the whole story, if you're interested:
"In New Orleans, andouille sausage is spicy. When it’s specifically called out as being ‘spicy’ andouille, one should take notice. And when it’s named ‘super spicy’ andouille, run like heck away from there and do not look back. In my opinion, this sausage should have required me to sign a waiver."