on January 11, 2009
We always hit the French Market on a Saturday when communal merketing is at it's best-not only are the vendors and the bargains first rate but the people watching, jazz music and festive atmosphere take on the most invigorating air! Be sure to stop at either Gazebo Cafe or French Market Cafe (they are basically the same place just on opposite ends of the Market) for one of the best Hurricanes in the city or try another one of their fancy frozen drink concoctions (Mud Slide,etc...) along with a heaping bowl of great Seafood Gumbo, Catfish Po'boy or try their fried alligator appetizer! Stroll through the outside market where the deals are pretty darn good while the shops inside offer bargains as well. Vendors are more than happy to talk with you and brag about their wares and even haggle a little. This is the place to pick up your Mardi Gras beads, t-shirts, sunglasses, even socks! Stalls feature lots of jewelry and other items too numerous to mention. Across from the Market is the Jazz National Historical Park where you can catch some smooth jazz absolutely free. See schedules posted for times and groups performing.
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