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Visiting Greater New Orleans

The holidays in New Orleans offer visitors a diversity of events. Runners mark December 14th on the calendar for the 2013 New Orleans Running of the Santas, which is the only race of its kind to feature a 9am to 5pm start at Barcadia with food, drinks and pre-race entertainment. No worries, though, as the run follows a short course from Barcadia to the finish at Generations Hall. Dress as Santa or don your favorite holiday costume and have a great time.

This December also brings the 80th anniversary of Pat O’Briens Block Party. The New Orleans landmark celebrates the repeal of prohibition and the opening of Pat O’Brien’s neighborhood watering hole. Join the celebration on St. Peter Street and enjoy a drink and live entertainment from the Bucktown Allstars.

Metairie, to the north of the Greater New Orleans region, is the heart of Jefferson Parrish. The 2013 Metairie events calendar includes the inaugural Race to the Lake & Lake Fest. Held November 23rd, the Race to the Lake features a 6.2-mile course which starts in Lafreniere Park and finishes in Lake Town on Lake Pontchartrain. The post-race Treasure Fest Festival celebrates the finish with live music concessions and family fun.

Across Lake Pontchartrain, the North Shore region of Louisiana kicks off winter and the holidays, including Slidell's Christmas Under the Stars. Lasting from December 6th to the 14th, Griffith Park in Olde Town Slidell transforms into a winter wonderland, where visitors enjoy traditional holiday events, including visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and live entertainment.

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond is a hub of activity during fall and winter. The SLU Lions's sports offer visitors the excitement of fall football at Strawberry Stadium, followed by men’s and women’s basketball at SLU University Center.

Hammond's cultural arts is represented by several events at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. On December 13th and 14th, the Hammond Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker. On January 21st, the Hot 8 Brass Band featuring local New Orleans musicians performs traditional NOLA street music. And on February 16th, the Koresh Dance Company graces the stage.

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