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White Linen Night in New Orleans, August 1, 2009

31 July 2009


It’s the high point of the summer in New Orleans for locals and a growing number of tourists; a fun event that keeps the beat going during the traditional summer lull in the Crescent City. It’s White Linen Night, a time to put on white outfits (borrow or rent something if you don’t have a summer suit),  get out and enjoy the works of the city’s art community and take part in a free and open event on historic Julia Street in the warehouse district.

White Linen Night takes place on Saturday, August 1 from 6-9 p.m. With about twenty art galleries participating, four blocks of Julia Street will be closed off for a New Orleans-style block party. The area is easily accessed via the St. Charles streetcar line. Among the highlights of White Linen Night are:

And, as in past years, the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp Street will host a White Linen Night party with live entertainment and an art show of its own. You will hear great music, view amazing art and mingle with an enthusiastic crowd. Cash bars and cuisine are available from 9 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $7.

The white linen tradition in New Orleans dates back to the pre-air conditioning years when people wore white linen clothing to reflect, rather than absorb, the heat from the summer sun. Men wore white suits and women wore white dresses. Those who get into the spirit of White Linen Night wear white outfits and some even wear white hats as they leisurely stroll through the art galleries along Julia Street and adjacent side streets.

For more information call the Contemporary Arts Center at (504) 528-3805 or visit
www.cacno.org. For a complete listing of art galleries go to click here.

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