Archive for Category: "Events"

22Feb
2013

Carnival in Trinidad Party Report

As promised, my coverage of Carnival in Trinidad continues. Below is my “Just Back From” post I penned for Fodor’s Travel that details the Carnival highlights, from whining, liming and feting to everything in between. Also, you can learn what exactly those Trinidadian English terms mean in the Fodor’s post linked here: Just Back From: Carnival in Trinidad I talked a bit about high-energy, have-to-move-your-body, soca music in the post. In the video below you can hear more of the […]

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4Sep
2012

Moving to Argentina: Meeting People in Buenos Aires

One of the most alluring and daunting aspects about moving to a new city is the promised anonymity. I had little to no developed network when moving to Buenos Aires, other than the handful of friends I flew down with and the  few people I had been put in touch with before moving. It’s an understandable and necessary priority of many to get out, meet people and make new friends upon arrival. For those coming to Buenos Aires independent of […]

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2Sep
2012

OysterFest: A Financial District Tradition

While Little Italy and Nolita turn into a tourist-jammed funnel cake haven during the Festival of San Gennaro, the Financial District will be busy getting classy with an oyster block party on Saturday, September 22nd.

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15Apr
2012

Anatomy of a New York Street Fair

The season has finally arrived: Entire New York avenue blocks are beginning to shut down in every part of the city to accommodate street fairs! While the location and theme at each New York street fair very much influence which booths you’ll find, there are always a few that remind you that you’re in good old Manhattan. When you’ve spent enough weekends at New York street fairs, you start to see a pattern… –Tara for TKGO

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30Nov
2011

Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival

As Little Italy’s most famous festival, the Feast of San Gennaro turns Mulberry Street into a madhouse. Unlike most street festivals, where a visitor can expect to stroll along a wide avenue, pick up a lemon ice and browse racks of jewelry, no one was kidding when they named San Gennaro a “feast”—there is no jewelry to be had here, and no one comes looking for it, either! The Italian restaurants on the block set up tented booths on the […]

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13Jun
2011

Hog Heaven: The Big Apple BBQ Block Party

You know you’ve been spoiled when you have to shower twice before the smell of barbecue smoke begins to subside. Madison Square Park turned into a literal pork steam bath this weekend for the 9th annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party. New York institutions like Blue Smoke, Pappy’s and Hill Country had crowds lined up to suck on four ribs or a pulled pork sandwich for $8. [portfolio_slideshow thumbs=true] Everywhere, people were eating. They slurp down ribs on stairways, brisket while […]

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26Mar
2011

Mardi Gras 2011: Get More Swag!

Mardi Gras is all about sharing. When you want something your neighbor caught four of, you’ll believe me. But there are some items you won’t give away, no matter how much little kids stare and adults drool. Ladies and gentlemen, TKGO picks the top throws from Mardi Gras 2011: So how do you catch these awesome things? A few tips: Beggars can’t be choosers. A sign that reads “Mini Hurricane Glasses, Please!” will only get you angry glares. But at […]

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26Mar
2011

Mardi Gras Parades 2011: The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Zulu feels different from many of the other parades. They borrow a few floats from other krewes and throw beads made for parades as far back as 2009, but the sentiment here is unrivaled. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club isn’t called a krewe—it was founded in 1916 before the term was popular—but it is one. Zulu is one of the oldest organizations to march. Their parade takes place at 8 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, so the highly motivated […]

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25Mar
2011

Anatomy of a Mardi Gras Parade: Krewe of Thoth

The parades are central to Mardi Gras. It’s where you get the beads, hang out with your friends and, for some (most), carry your booze around with you in the street. Each parade is organized by a krewe (pronounced “crew”), whose members pay for everything they throw to crowds from the floats, from beads to high heeled shoes. Member dues, which can be thousands of dollars a year, pay for float construction and costs associated with the ball typically held […]

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