Hello, everyone! I've missed being on here but have been swamped with schoolwork :( I'm excited, though--my husband and I are hoping to come to NOLA for his Spring Break (he's a teacher) in April and I have a few questions I was hoping you guys could help out with:
*We would be there during the Freret St Festival and also the Old Algiers River Fest. I'd like to try to see both but is one a must-do over the other? Any ideas about when the 2012 performers and vendors will be listed?
*We definitely want to take the ferry to Algiers this trip because we hope to move to NOLA someday and want to see all of it. Should we make a different trip from the Old Algiers festival or will the vibe still be about the same? If we should make a different trip, would afternoon or morning be better?
*One website said the week we'll be there (first one in April) is Pyrate Week, with parades etc. Another site said Pirate Week was around the third weekend in April. Are these two separate events or is one of the websites wrong? If there are goings-ons the first week pirate-related, does anyone know which day the main parade is?
*We were wanting to wander the Garden District more this time--I've always done it aimlessly, and that was about a decade ago. Any streets/areas we should definitely hit?
*We're very interested in the Rebirth bike tour but I can't find what days it runs on their website, does anyone know? Also, any reviews on the restaurant they stop at in the middle of the tour? I think it is Cajun Joe's in the Lower 9th.
*I'd like to do a picnic and right now I'm leaning toward Audubon Park rather than City Park. The Fly part of Audubon didn't look hugely exciting to me though. Thoughts? Also, we might make it to the city in time to see Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins perform at Lafayette Square on the evening of the 3rd--is that something that people take picnics to?
*We'd like to see a lot more of the Treme. Is that something we should take a tour of or could we do it on our own?
*We would also like to see more of Southern LA/the bayou this trip. Any specific places/towns we should put on the list?
And, finally, does anyone know if the African tortoise takes a walk every day down Maple the way I've heard, and if it is indeed between 3 and 4 pm?
Thanks so much for any help you guys can give!