Bachelors and Muses

How about we start our evening with a PhD talking about New Orleans’ social history? Most people will be in full-blown party mode by now, but we like to strike a balance…a little culture, an ounce of edification before we flash our breasts to strangers for pieces of plastic made by Chinese children (j/k, we don’t do that). From 6-8 this evening at the Lousiana State Museum’s Cabildo, a most lovely building in the French Quarter…

…Dr. Emily Clark will be giving a talk called, “A Bachelor Patriarch in New Orleans, 1800-1830.” I’ll reprint the blurb:

Samuel Moore was born in West Florida to parents who had migrated to the new British colony from Virginia after the Seven Years War. By the turn of the 19th century he was living in New Orleans and had formed a life partnership with a free woman of color named Dorothée Lassize. Moore, classified as “white” was legally barred from marrying Lassize, but the pair never parted and raised a large family together. Moore doesn¹t fit the Francophone Creole stereotype that is usually associated with such relationships. The archives of New Orleans reveal, however, that this English-speaking man born a Protestant in a British colony was as typical of the “bachelor patriarchs” of early national New Orleans as the more familiar Creole figure. This event is free and open to the public.

I just love this sort of New Orleans history. And there will be refreshments.

Speaking of refreshments, at some point soon you should stock up on these tetra pak boxes of wine. The wine is actually good, and it’s organic (hey, bonus) BUT, most importantly, it is a nice healthy portion in a most convenient “tetra pak” absolutely perfect for carrying around with you to parades and such. And, they’re like $12. Think juice box for big girls, that will last you all night.

So, you’re enlightened, you got your juice box, and you’re just in time to catch the Muses parade that should be heading to Canal right about now from uptown. Muses is one of the few parades not to be missed. It’s the only all-woman parade to roll at night, and they have the best costumes and throws. Shoes. Shoes. Shoes.


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3 responses to “Bachelors and Muses

  1. dianalily

    “juice box for big girls” – love it.

  2. Anita Yesho

    You should read Emily Clark’s fascinating book about the Ursuline nuns, if you haven’t already. http://jsr.fsu.edu/Volume10/Wiewora.htm

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