New Orleans

The Mardi Gras Indian tradition and culture go back about 250 years in New Orleans; a culture derived from men of color wanting to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday, but weren't able to participate in the time due to racism. Instead, they created elaborate, eye-catching suits that represented and payed tribute to the Native Americans around New Orleans that helped Blacks escape slavery, and offer them shelter.

Our newest album of the week covers old school and 2021 soul, jazz, hip hop and more. Jon Batiste is out to be a representation to the world that genres don't exist - it's just simply music. Releasing his first album at the tender age of 17, We Are is Batiste's 8th release, but he calls it his first true album as it fully covers who he is as a musician.


New Orleans French Quarter Festival April 11 - 15

Price per person: $1,500.00

Group size limit: 19 

thanks to Sandy for sending this!

In the summertime we get lots of visitors to northern MN from other places.  Part of the beauty of being on the banks of the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids is that we often get to met the folks who are making the big trek from the Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.  Today was our first group of adventurers from 2018 - 3 college students who work on a paddleboat in New Orleans who wanted to prove what they heard their boss say every day - that you could still paddle the length of the Mississippi in this country.