Chrys B. Graham – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com A journal of progressive Southern culture and politics Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://likethedew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DewLogoSquare825-32x32.png Chrys B. Graham – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com 32 32 It was more than a football game http://likethedew.com/2010/01/26/it-was-more-than-a-football-game/ http://likethedew.com/2010/01/26/it-was-more-than-a-football-game/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:14:34 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=7649 New Orleans — Not seconds after Garrett Hartley kicked the winning field goal Sunday night to take the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl for the first time, people were literally dancing in the streets of the French Quarter.]]>

New Orleans — Not seconds after Garrett Hartley kicked the winning field goal Sunday night to take the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl for the first time, people were literally dancing in the streets of the French Quarter.

Fire trucks were sounding their horns; honking cars were filled with people yelling, “Who Dat.” Within minutes Poydras and Canal Streets became totally blocked. Bourbon Street became one big lovefest as thousands of people poured onto the streets from the bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and homes where they had been watching the game.  More people poured in as the celebration moved from the Superdome to streets all over New Orleans.

Total strangers were hugging, high fiving and fist bumping each other. This was more than just a football game, you know.  This was an affirmation that New Orleans, itself, was back from the brink.

My friends and I were lucky enough to be in the Crescent City and join in the celebration. We saw three generations of women on Bourbon Street with the granddaughter wheeling her grandmother through the maze of people. Old and young all together to thank the football gods for this amazing season that ain’t over yet. Oh what a night!

Martha W. Fagan contributed to this article.

PHOTO 1:Before the game, the streets in the French Quarter were deserted and silent.

PHOTO 2: Inside homes and bars — like Kerry’s Irish pub — however, the atmosphere was boisterous, if sometimes tense.


PHOTOS 3-5: As soon as the game ended, fans began pouring into the streets. From top, outside Kerry’s pub, on Bourbon Street and onto Canal Street.

PHOTO 6: Even the folks at the venerable restaurant Galatoire’s joined in the jubilation.

PHOTO 7: A “rally” bus proclaims the unanimous sentiment of all New Orleans.


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Who dat? Join in the fun in the Big Easy http://likethedew.com/2010/01/24/who-dat-join-in-the-fun-in-the-big-easy-2/ http://likethedew.com/2010/01/24/who-dat-join-in-the-fun-in-the-big-easy-2/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:38:02 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=7623 New Orleans — The NFC’s conference championship football game in New Orleans had not started yet Sunday, but the partying was well underway earlier in the afternoon. Crazy football fever ... who dat?! Here are some photos from our New Orleans trip:]]>

New Orleans — The NFC’s conference championship game in New Orleans had not started yet Sunday, but the partying was well underway earlier in the afternoon.

Crazy football fever … who dat?!

Here are some photos from our New Orleans trip:

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Still shrimping … after all these years http://likethedew.com/2009/04/01/still-shrimping-after-all-these-years/ http://likethedew.com/2009/04/01/still-shrimping-after-all-these-years/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2009 21:41:36 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=587

shrimpboatEvery spring for the past 41 years, the sleepy Southern fishing town of Darien, Georgia, has come alive with the three-day festival for the Blessing of the Fleet.

Darien, with a population of around 2,000 people, is the second oldest city in Georgia. It was founded by Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders — led by Lachlan McGillivray and Lacklan McIntosh — in 1736 near the site of an abandoned British military outpost, Fort King George.

Formerly one of the largest ports for shipping lumber, it has been a center for fishermen since the early 1900s. Once famous for its oysters, it is now best known as a shrimpers’ paradise.

Darien’s Blessing of the Fleet is believed to have originated when Portuguese fishermen moved to the area and brought the tradition with them. It is generally considered to be the largest ongoing festival of its kind on the East Coast.

Activities at this year’s event, held last weekend, ranged from shrimp-eating contests to nightly music on the bluff. Arts and crafts booths, kiddie rides, fireworks, and, of course, great shrimp were part of the fun. Local churches held barbecues and raffles, and arts groups offered red tag sales to raise money for their yearly activities, as local fishermen prepared for the shrimping season.

The small city teemed with locals and visitors ready to enjoy the fun and hospitality and eat great Georgia shrimp. And, even as much of the rest of Georgia was being drenched with rain, Darien sparkled with sunlight softened by cool breezes.

Photo by Martha Fagan

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