LAtoNOLA is an over-10-year love letter to New Orleans and its Carnival, concerts, cuisine and culture.
Starting during the Saints’ historic 2009 run toward their Super Bowl victory, I’ve gone from watching parades to dancing in them as part of the Pussyfooters - over 100 women-over-30 in pink wigs and corsets and white combat boots.
The blog helped inspire my 5-book Charlotte Reade Mysteries series, adding depth and detail to Charlotte’s adventures through Jazz Fest, Super Sunday, Carnival and more. Like LATONOLA, the mysteries also take you behind the scenes in Hollywood South.
People in over 100 countries have discovered LAtoNOLA as it's evolved into a unique resource capturing context, history, and insider-outsider translations of our traditions, cuisine and colloquialisms.
Whether you're relocating here, planning a trip, or wondering if I caught a photo of your high school band on parade, I've tried to make the blog user-friendly with categories, tags, a search engine, my favorite things, and links to many of the restaurants, musicians, clubs, events, charities and cool things I've mentioned.
You can even find interviews I did with Richard Dreyfuss and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd.