2013 Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl
Fundraiser for MotherShip Foundation and The Mid-City Volleyball Group
$20.00 suggested donation
Saturday, May 18, 2013
8:00 a.m. to ~1:15 p.m.
Bicycle rentals will be available from Joy Ride Bike Rentals (if arranged ahead of time) located at the boat house near Big Lake in City Park. More information can be obtained by visiting their http://joyridebikerentals.com/ website or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. 8:00a.m.-8:45a.m. at Morning Call, 56 Dreyfous Dr (in City Park). Established in 1870, Morning Call has been serving its proprietary dark roast coffee with chicory and sourdough beignets to local inhabitants for more than 140 years. For over 100 years the business was located on the corner of Decatur Street and St Philip in the French Quarter, but in 1974 a massive renovation project to the French Market drove Morning Call to relocate to Fat City in Metairie. In November 2012 Morning Call found its opportunity to re-open in Orleans Parish when they took over operations of the Casino Building in City Park. In late March of 2013 Morning Call received its liquor license and by May 18 will be offering domestic beer along with the Café au Lait and Local Fare such as jambalaya. Little known to the public, Walter Gonzalez performs live music every Sunday morning from 9am to noon.
2. 9:00a.m.-9:45a.m. at the Seahorse Saloon, 1648 Gentilly Blvd. The Seahorse Saloon is in its eleventh year of operation, and rumor has it they make one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town. Located across from the front gates of the race track, this corner bar gets a wide cross section of clientele. They stock nearly fifty kinds of beer, they have a full kitchen and every Friday and Saturday night they offer free live music featuring local musical acts.
3. 9:50a.m.-10:35a.m. at The Prime Example, 1909 N. Broad St. Proprietor Julius Kimbrough Sr grew up in Selma AL, but he graduated from Xavier University’s pharmacy program in 1962 and never left the city. After working as a pharmacist for thirty years, he opened his first music club in 1992, and he acquired the Prime Example in 2000. Julius has always been dedicated to showcasing the finest local musical talent, and the Thursday night soulful jazz series is a prime example of The Prime Example. Food is served every night but Sunday with red beans and rice with fried chicken on Mondays, steak on Tuesdays and Ms Germaine’s full kitchen the rest of the week. Every day the Prime Example offers a 2-for-1 Happy Hour, and each week the bar features a cocktail made from a different fresh fruit.
4. 10:40a.m.-11:25a.m. at the Ideal Meat Market, 2436 Ursulines Ave. This corner grocery store is a remnant of a time when Ursulines Avenue was a thriving thoroughfare and people shopped at their neighborhood market rather than a Supermarket. The butcher counter is a throw back to an earlier time, and chef Melissa will prepare some morsels of meat for us as only a local knows how. This small business is owned and operated by a transplanted Palestinian family, and the name of the market may sound familiar to you… they own a second store on Orleans Avenue right across the bayou from the Boogaloo!
5. 11:30a.m.-12:15p.m. at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, 732 N. Broad Street. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is a perennial stop for the Bayou Boogaloo bicycle pub-crawlers, and thanks to the Pinstripe Brass Band it has been a euphoric experience in years past. The Zulu headquarters is steeped in tradition, and I personally always enjoy looking at the photos on the wall of previous Zulu Kings. The Zulu Club unfailingly opens its doors with gracious hospitality, and we all look forward to another this-is-why-we-live-in-New-Orleans moment as we visit their esteemed sanctuary.
6. 12:20p.m.-1:05p.m. at The Bayou Beer Garden, 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy. Opened in October 2009, it has been a marvel to watch this business expand its deck and its patronage slowly but steadily. Located one block from the end of Bayou St John, this happening spot often features live music in an outdoor setting that can’t be beat. The Bayou Beer Garden serves over seventy local and international beers along with a variety of cocktails, and it is conveniently close to the spot where The Mid-City Volleyball Group sets up portable nets every Tuesday and Saturday. It’s one of our favorite watering holes after a rousing game of volleyball!
7. 1:10p.m. arrive at Bayou Bicycles and the Bayou Boogaloo. Bayou Bicycles, a stalwart Mid-City business for fifteen years, is once again providing offsite bicycle parking for festival goers. Look for the Specialized Bicycles tent just to the left of the bike shop’s entryway. Please support this local business as they have supported the Bayou Boogaloo and The Mid-City Volleyball Group for many years now.
To get an accurate head count for the bicycle ride, please register on-line at www.midcityvolleyball.org or contact Peter Hickman (preferably by e-mail) before 5/18/13:
MotherShip Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation.
The Mid-City Volleyball Group is a non-profit 501(c)(4) social welfare organization whose mission is to create a safe public space in Mid-City New Orleans where residents can enjoy outdoor activity, reduce stress and build community through the shared experience of playing beach volleyball.