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"Chere Nouvelle Orleans, patrie de ma
jeunesse, berceau de quelques-uns
de mes ancestres, tombeau d'un grand nombre de ceux que j'ai aimes. Je
demande a Dieu de te proteger, de te garder, de te benir. Par une Creole."
("Dear New Orleans, home of my youth, cradle of my ancestors, tomb of
many I have loved, I ask of God to protect, to preserve, and to bless thee.
From a Creole.")
~ Helene d'Aquin Allain, Souvenirs
et de France par une Creole, 1868
(from the Dedication of
'New Orleans - Elegance and Decadence'
by Richard Sexton, Randolph Delehanty,
Chronicle Books LLC)
Mardi Gras 2012 - 21 February
You are probably a New
Orleans Native if...
You're out of town and you stop and ask someone where there is a
daiquiri place, and they look at you like you have three heads.
You drive your car up onto the neutral ground if it rains steadily and
more than two hours (and you know what neutral ground is...).
The four seasons in your year: crawfish, shrimp, crab and oyster.
You greet people with "Where y'at?" (or maybe
"Howzhyamomma'an'em?") and hear back "Awrite" (or "Dey fine,
Someone asks for an address by compass directions and you say it's
downtown, backatown, riverside or lakeside.
Your burial plot is six feet over rather than six feet under.
You know the Irish Channel is not Gaelic-language programming on cable.
You can pronounce Tchoupitoulas but can't spell it.
You don't worry when you see ships riding higher in the river than the
top of your
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So. You have some questions, no? You might need a little help, yeah.
Please read on.....
Hey, where y'at?
According to my favorite New Orleans
web site, (thanks to Chuck Taggart) this
is the traditional New Orleanian greeting, and
the source for the term "Yat". The proper response is, "Awrite."
Chuck's Gumbo Pages will assist you in becoming fluent in "Yat-speak", in
addition to offering enlightenment on all manner of other goodies indigenous
to South Louisiana. Enjoy!
More excellent words of advice from Chuck:
Orleans. La Nouvelle Orléans. The Crescent City. La Ville.
City That Care Forgot ... the greatest city in the world!
(Just do yourself and us a favor and please DON'T call it
"The Big Easy"
or "New Or-LEENS" -- ack!"
Confused about "Cajun" and "Creole"? For
example, New Orleans
a Cajun city, but a lot of Cajuns live here. Here are
some answers for you:
"Acadiana: Les Paroisses Acadiennes"
Merci beaucoup, Chuck!
Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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A banner announces that the Cafe du Monde's
doughnuts, Beignets, are back [post=Katrina] at the
French Quarter cafe.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
AP photo by Mel Evans, courtesy
AP and NOLA
A group of patrons dance a 'second line' parade
outdoor seating at the Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter,
as others enjoy the cafe's famous doughnuts, Beignets,
during the cafe's post-Katrina reopening. Wednesday,
October 19, 2005
AP photo by Mel Evans,
courtesy AP and NOLA
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