The weather forecast, however, indicated the clouds and possibly rain would arrive mid-morning.
Having experienced the weekend crowds in the Center City and French Quarter we thought we would try another side of town for our indoor activity. So we planned a day at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in City Park. Our GPS got us within a few blocks when we saw the roadblock. The nice policewomen indicated that we still could get to the Museum despite the Rock and Roll marathon if we turned right and went around the park. Yeah right! Those directions only brought us to another roadblock. But we persevered and two more roadblocks later an officer who actually knew what he was talking about said: “park here and walk”. A nice walk through park of the park midst thousands of runners in their cool down phase and we arrived at the Museum only to find the “Closed today because of the Marathon” sign on the front steps.
Scenes from City Park
To quote Wikipedia:
Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" or "first line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form — a jazz funeral without a body." Another significant difference from so called "jazz funerals" is second line parades usually lack the slow hymns and dirges played at funerals (although this is not a hard rule; some organizations may have the band play something solemn towards the start of the parade in memory of members deceased since their last parade).
Brunch at Elizabeth’s seems to be a tradition of the young hip crowd as we were clearly the oldest folks in the room. After perusing the menu I decided on the Sweet Potato and Duck Hash over a corn waffle with hot pepper jelly and real maple syrup. Harry chose the French Toast stuffed with Bananas Foster. We agreed to split an order of Praline Bacon. That's right. Praline Bacon. As the New York Times says, "The thing to love about this restaurant is that somebody there tried to make bacon better. The result is praline bacon — a combination of pecan candy and salty pork.". Again, the meal was truly wonderful.