Five Things to Avoid at Voodoo Fest 2013

Photo by Jim Bricker
The annual Voodoo Festival starts today, bringing people from all over the gulf coast region to the New Orleans event. Taking place in the gorgeous City Park in the north part of the city, this years event is set to feature the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure as we'll as a smattering of national and local acts spread out over four stages.

With the weather finally starting to cool down, there is no better time to hit a festival. If you've never been to Voodoo, it's a one-of-a-kind event that offers a not-so-typical festival experience.

5. Corndogs and Funnel Cakes
Yes, Voodoo offers your standard festival food like funnel cakes and sweet and sour chicken, but you're going to miss out a whole lot if you don't step out of the box and try one of the many local offerings. You'd be hard-pressed to go wrong with any étouffée, creole or boudin, but my personal favorite dish is the shrimp and crawfish bread bowls that feature a creamy seafood concoction overfilling a freshly baked local sourdough bowl.

4. Your hotel
New Orleans offers a varied array of options to entertain you while you're in town. If you're not at the festival, which runs from 10:30 in the morning until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday and until 9 on Sunday, there are several things you should be doing rather than watching TV in the hotel.

There are key times, however, that you should be in the hotel. Because you don't want to miss anything at the festival, it's good to get some sleep so between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. is scheduled nap time. That's pretty much all the time you should spend there.

3. Sleep
There really isn't much of an option on sleeping when you're in New Orleans, so avoiding it is pretty easy. New Orleans is just like Las Vegas, only it was founded by pirates rather than mobsters. It's fun for a reason -- it has fewer rules than everywhere else.

Their drinking laws are so lax that it makes it pretty damn easy to fall into some sort of debauchery. Before you know it, you look at your phone and it brightly displays the number you didn't want or expect to see, the dreaded 5 a.m. So you say fuck it and go order another shot at the bar because you can.

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Kyle King
Kyle King

Would dearly love to wend my way east and pay respects to Miss LaVeau, but I have other pressing engagements...alas. :)

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