New Orleans Hospitality Industry Members Unite To Celebrate National Travel And Tourism Week With Parade, Events
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans hospitality industry workers will parade in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week and promote tourism as the city’s number one economic driver, employing more than 86,000 New Orleanians and 116,000 in the Greater New Orleans area.
The ninth annual National Travel and Tourism Week Parade, led by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), will take place Tuesday, May 9, starting at Tableau, 616 St. Peter St., at 9:00 a.m. with a press conference and industry “toast” to follow at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will pass through the French Quarter and end at Woldenberg Park, where St. Louis Street meets the Mississippi River, and CVB President and CEO Stephen Perry will address the crowd to thank the industry for helping set another record year for tourism spending.
Joining the hundreds of uniformed industry workers, the parade will feature musician Amanda Shaw as the Grand Marshall, a brass band, floats and costumed revelers including stilt walkers, Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, Black Storyville Baby Dolls, Camel Toe Lady Steppers and Pussyfooters, Dancing Man 504, the Big Easy Roller Girls and The Sirens.
New this year, Perry will honor a King and Queen of Hospitality and Tourism, who will reign over the parade. The King is Corey Bourgeois, the kitchen manager at Palace Café, and the Queen is Pat Coulter, the general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown/French Quarter.
New Orleans City Councilmembers James Gray, Susan Guidry and Nadine Ramsey are also scheduled to attend.
Other events taking place throughout the week will include:
• Wednesday, May 10
Hospitality tent at YLC Wednesday at the Square, Lafayette Square, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Thursday, May 11
Hospitality tent at Jazz in the Park, Armstrong Park, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• Thursday, May 11
NOLATalk, Stern Auditorium at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., reception and cooking demonstration from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reserve your spot and register here.
NOLATalk is a panel discussion highlighting the culinary arts industry headlined by Ti Adelaide Martin, co-proprietor of The Commander’s Family of Restaurants, Emery Whalen, CEO of Our House Hospitality, and Chef Justin Devillier, Le Petit Grocery and James Beard Award recipient.
This event is free and open to the public.