AAHAM’s ANI Rolls into New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA)
posted on 8/19/2013 8:12:00 AM
When the ANI heads to New Orleans in October, we won’t be alone. New Orleans, no matter what time of the year, is a favorite city for conferences, meetings and vacations. People come from all over the world to visit NOLA and as a city; its multi-cultural heritage, great food and entertainment plus walkability makes it so popular.
Keep your eye out for some celebrities who may be hanging out with our AAHAM crowd in the Sheraton lobby. They are in town for the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) October 10-17. The NOFF began in 1989 and has since grown to become one of the nation's major film festivals, attracting thousands of producers, directors, writers, actors and actresses and other industry professionals. The films are shown at various venues throughout the city, including the theater at Canal Place which is right down the street from the ANI Headquarters.
When the ANI is over, if you are thinking of extending your visit, take advantage of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival which is a free event, October 18-20. Talk about a great setting. The Festival takes place in Lafayette Square Park in walking distance from the hotel; with an awesome list of performers and some smoking BBQ! Rumor has it there is more than traditional barbecue…New Orleans classics plus desserts and vegetarian options. Plus there’s an arts and crafts market for some additional shopping.
Just to warn you too, NOLA is passionate about football! Ever since coming into existence on All Saints' Day, 1966, the Saints can boast of having some of the most loyal and dedicated (rabid, even) fans among the NFL's 32 teams. And some of the most colorful, (I thought our Redskins were special).
While I tend to think of NOLA as a grown up city, it really is a good city for children with more to do than one imagines. My brother just took my niece and nephew there and they had a fantastic time. Their favorite were the many street performers (buskers); musicians, magicians, mimes, etc. that abound at every street corner and at at Jackson Square. There’s a great zoo and aquarium as well as the Audubon Insectarium, Cabildo museum and the WW2 Museum. Plus the kids (and kids at heart) always enjoy fresh beignets at Cafe DuMonde.
The ANI is filled with outstanding educational opportunities and great networking. We hope you are planning to join AAHAM this year in NEW ORLEANS! See you there.
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