The Mid-City Porch Crawl, since 2009 the major fundraiser for the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, had its biggest turnout yet this year. Costumed participants gathered across from Ralph’s on the Park (900 City Park Avenue), where they received their day-glo necklaces and then went to Ralph’s for a specialty cocktail. Nearly all participants were costumed, and after warm welcomes by Times Picayune Columnist Stephanie Bruno and District A Councilperson Susan Guidry, the groups took off for their respective porches.
Great fun ensued as everyone wound around the City Park Triangle, sipping and supping their way through six wonderful displays. Day-glo necklaces looked like floating circles in the dark as groups made their way around the circuit. Friendly rivalries ensued several times, as arriving and departing groups mingled, with the former stating “we’re having too much fun, you can’t come in yet!.
In some cases, hosts opened their backyards to us, as well, giving participants a chance to see beautiful secret gardens not usually visible to the public. While all the food, drink, and settings were spectacular, perhaps the most amazing (for this participant at least), was our last stop, where we drank a Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail (yum, yum, and triple yum) and had a chance to sit on a screened gazebo where Huey Long once relaxed with the ancestor of the home’s former owner. History was also made that night, as we sang Happy Birthday to one of the current owners and presented her with a lighted scepter.
Thanks to all the hosts, the donors, and the participants who made this event possible. The Porch Crawl raises more than 50% of the money MCNO uses to continue its mission and we cannot express our appreciation deeply enough. If you missed it and still want to donate, you can do here.