Mid-City Neighborhood Organization Finalizes Porch Crawl Details; Invites Locals and Tourists Alike to Join in the Fun

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On Saturday evening, October 19, 2013, New Orleans residents and tourists will be treated to an evening of fun, food, and fabulous libations as part of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization's Porch Crawl. Taking place in the Mid-City area of New Orleans, LA, the inventive Halloween celebration invites guests to relax and socialize on charming area porches.

The Mid-City Porch Crawl is a New Orleans Halloween Celebration not to be missed, with food, fun and festivity for all!

On Saturday evening, October 19, 2013, New Orleans residents and tourists will be strolling the Mid-City neighborhood, visiting charming porches, socializing, sipping cocktails and tasting local treats. It’s all part of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization’s (MCNO) Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl, a delightfully eccentric, totally New Orleanian celebration now in its fifth year.

Conceived in 2009 as a fundraiser for MCNO, this year’s Porch Crawl is bigger and better than ever, combining a lively cocktail hour, delectable “moveable feast” and festive after-party into one event at a single price. Costumes are encouraged, and merriment is certain to ensue.

The event kicks off with camaraderie and an Old New Orleans Rum daiquiri (plus additional discounted cocktails) at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub (3701 Banks Street) beginning at 5:00pm. From there, ticketholders are led in groups by designated hosts, the “Stoop Troopers,” on a tour of six charming area porches.

At each stop on the tour, participants will indulge in culinary delights from popular Mid-City eateries Avery’s Poboys, Boswells, Juicy Lucy’s, Mid-City Yacht Club, Ralph’s on the Park and Redemption Restaurant. Delectable libations will also be served at each porch, including wine provided by Pearl Wine Bar and creative cocktails made with Old New Orleans Rum.

To add even more anticipation to the evening, porch bartenders from 12-Mile Limit, Banks Street Bar, Bayou Beer Garden, Felipe’s, Mid-City Yacht Club and Pearl Wine will be challenged to conjure up the most delicious and unique, rum-based “spirit of the night,” treating guests to a different surprise on every porch. After their tours, groups will return to Finn McCool’s for a late-night revel where awards will be given for best costume, best porch and best cocktail.

Last year’s sell-out event hosted more than 150 participants, including locals and visitors from as far away as San Francisco and the United Kingdom, who heard about the event and decided to join in the fun. This year, participants are encouraged to purchase tickets early for what is becoming one of the city’s hottest Halloween celebrations.

More than a mere party, the Halloween-themed Porch Crawl raises money to help with numerous neighborhood projects, from planting Live Oak trees on the banks of Bayou St. John to supporting the Warren Easton High School Band. “Our civic improvement projects have garnered tremendous support for this event,” said MCNO Director of Special Events Mike Raborn. “This year, local businesses Archer Chiropractic, Chip Forstall, Domain Companies, Felipe’s, the Mortuary, St. Margaret’s and Unity are all showing their support for our efforts through generous donations to underwrite the event.”

To purchase tickets for this "kick-off" Halloween event, visit mcno.org/mid-city-2013-porch-crawl. Tickets are $35 in advance for MCNO members (who may join at the time of ticket purchase) and $45 for non-members. On the day of the event, remaining tickets, if any, will be $50.00.

About Mid-City

The Mid-City neighborhood, which stretches from Tulane Avenue to Orleans Avenue and from City Park Avenue to Broad Street, has been recognized as one of the most historically and architecturally intact and diverse neighborhoods in the entire Southeast. Iconic dining destinations, historic homes, the city’s only navigable bayou, a streetcar, landmark City Park and numerous tree-shaded boulevards are some of the area’s many attractions.

About MCNO

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization is a civic group active in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. The organization’s main goal is to improve the quality of life for all citizens within its boundaries. In pursuit of this goal, MCNO has been an active voice in the rebuilding of Mid-City following the levee failures that flooded the city in August 2005.

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