Carnival Time in New Orleans

With Twelfth Night in the rear view, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and beyond steps into the most amazing time of the year — Carnival.

For outsiders, this time of year brings to mind the clichés that are always shown on TV and social media — risqué revelers in the French Quarter, throngs of people dressed in green, purple and gold, and beads for days.

So many beads.

Obviously, all of those things are part of the Carnival season (even though the risqué aspect is a bit overblown) and to be enjoyed, but the season is so much more.

Carnival is about sharing.

Think about it — almost everything about Carnival is about sharing. We share the sidewalks together, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the neutral ground, we open our doors to friends and family. Float riders share their throws neutral ground side and sidewalk side alike. As we’re all crammed together on the streets of New Orleans we share our food, we share our drink, we share stories and, most importantly, memories.

Carnival is about caring for one another.

During the parades as the floats roll by, we protect each others’ heads, we catch beads and hand them to children. As the last floats disappear down St. Charles Avenue, we help each other clean up (some folks could do a better job in this department). Then, the very next day, we’ll walk blocks upon blocks just so we can hang at our good friends’ “spot” — another way of showing that we care.

Carnival is about our time together.

We care for one another and share what we have with one another. “Here, have this last piece of king cake,” or “Who wants this last piece of Popeyes?” These are beautiful days to be remembered. This Carnival season we’ll head to the French Quarter to watch Melanie and the Merry Antoinettes strut their stuff in the Krewe Bohème parade. We’ll also be cheering on Ladybeast’s new show, “Vaude d’Gras – Broken Circus,” at the Marigny Opera House.

We’ll dance with friends and strangers alike. We’ll gather around the crawfish table peeling and eating crawfish. We’ll laugh and laugh and laugh. If you need us, give us a call and, if we don’t answer, you can find us on St. Charles Avenue, sidewalk side, waving our hands in the air.

Happy Carnival, y’all.

Feeling Thankful

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is right around the corner, right? As Seersucker Creative heads into the holiday season we are taking a moment to look back and reflect on the past year and express gratitude for some of the standout experiences. 

It has been a helluva year.

At Seersucker Creative we are thankful for not only our clients but, just as importantly, our friends and family who have been there for us every step of the way. The New Orleans community has truly embraced us and we’re bear hugging it right back. Our town is amazing and, in no small part, inspired us to launch Seersucker Creative. New Orleans truly makes one want to do new, exciting and bold things. 

We don’t want to be that boring uncle at the Thanksgiving table that drones on and on so we won’t go into every single detail about our year but, like the matriarch or patriarch of the family who keeps it short and sweet before the big meal, we want to mention just a few things. 

Word of Mouth

New Orleans is a relatively small town so it’s not uncommon for “word to get around” about whatever you’re doing. It’s just part of the game in a very social town. Heck, sometimes you hear the word on the street while standing on the street in this city (keep your hands up to catch those beads). 

For businesses, that word of mouth can make or break you and we love it. 

A quick example of how things can go in the Crescent City, in September 2018 we helped launch local real estate company Entablature Realty by making their site healthy through search engine optimization and building their initial audience through social media best practices. It was a great partnership and we absolutely love that team. 

A few months later, local real estate agent Robert Van Meter said he saw our work online and contacted us to build his website. We jumped all over the opportunity and offer Robert advice on all things web to this very day. 

Through Robert we met Brandon Gregoire, a local candidate for state senate. Gregoire heard great things about us from Robert and hired us to handle his campaign’s social media and digital paid advertising. It was a major uphill battle and short six-week sprint, but we built a sizable audience in a very short time. Brandon didn’t win the election but laid the groundwork for future success. We guarantee it. 

We were lucky to have a friend recommend us to aerialist and all-around #ladyboss performer and producer LadyBeast, for whom we’ve helped with SEO and writing press releases for several of her projects.  

So, it turns out, good works and good deeds go a long way in a town like New Orleans. For which we’re thankful. 

We are also exceptionally thankful for the rest of our clients – including Smart Home America and NMB Improvements (our first two clients outside of Louisiana) – and look forward to serving them in 2020 and beyond. 

Happy holidays to you and yours. Cheers!