Thank you to everyone that attended Caroling on December 17 and our Holiday Home Tour earlier in the day.
We are disappointed that the chance of heavy rain forced us inside for the evening but we want to thank St. Louis Cathedral for their generosity in allowing us to use their location. After two straight years of being moved indoors, we will be ready for Jackson Square in 2018.
The winners of the 2017 Christmas Decorations Contest are:
|Best Hotel||Saint Philip Hotel
612 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116
|Best Door||1023 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
|Best Window||Roux Royale
600 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
|Best Balcony||Carol & Harold Werling
841 Saint Philip St., New Orleans, LA 70116
|Best Commercial||Café Lafitte in Exile
901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
|Best Residence||Joey DiFatta
1113 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
|Best Overall||Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70126
616 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Why was caroling moved into St. Louis Cathedral this year despite no rain on Sunday evening?
“The primary reason caroling was held in St. Louis Cathedral this year was the high probability of heavy rain predicted for Sunday. When we plan out an event that can accommodate 10,000 – 15,000 people, safety and guest comfort are our primary concerns. As we studied the weather forecasts on Saturday evening and collaborated with the team that builds the stage and performs the electrical work, it became clear that the weather Sunday was enough of a problem to warrant a change. The forecast was 100% chance of rain, with isolated areas receiving multiple inches of rain.
We realize that Sunday evening turned out relatively nice with no rain in sight. However there was significant rain throughout the day in the French Quarter and the airport received over 2 1/2 inches of rain. Heavy rain, standing water, and live electrical connections for an outdoor event don’t mix. It was a tough call but one that we stand by, especially when it comes to safety for all involved.
Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré always wants caroling to take place every year in Jackson Square. There is something magical about having thousands of friends, candles, and smiles celebrating the holiday season in song. Sadly, the last two years suffered from inclement weather. Our fingers are crossed that we will be back in the square for 2018.”
Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré (Patio Planters of the French Quarter) is a volunteer organization based in New Orleans. We are dedicated to the preservation and beautification of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.Since 1946, Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré has sponsored Caroling in Jackson Square, a truly moving holiday tradition. This event, held every year by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas, is always free and open to the public.
Patio Planters also makes annual contributions to various courtyards and gardens to support the preservation and beautification of the French Quarter. Donations and free events are made possible thanks to public support of Patio Planters’ annual fund-raising events such as Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré (October), White Elephant Sale & Auction (November), and the Holiday Home Tour (December).
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Patio Planters of the French Quarter wishes to thank our generous donors for their consistent support: