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" Enduring Legacy,…

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Doesn't Mom Deserve More than One Day? Give Her an Entire Weekend at FestiGals

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Doesn't Mom Deserve More than One Day? Give Her an Entire Weekend

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 24, 2012) - With Mother's Day just around the corner, the pressure is on to find the right gift worthy of your Mom. This year, why not skip the chocolates and flowers. Think outside the box and give Mom something she'll really appreciate, a get-away weekend with the girls. Here's just a peek of what we have planned for that special woman in your life.

The 2012 FestiGals Weekend, June 22-24 in New Orleans offers Mom a three-day weekend created by women for women in a city that Travel & Leisure voted the "Friendliest City in the U.S." For three-days and nights, FestiGals participants can immerse themselves in New Orleans culture and enjoy a variety of inspirational seminars and empowerment workshops wrapped around unlimited opportunities to just have fun. Everything from lunch with Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC's Today Show, to a private tasting experience with celebrity Chef John Folse, to a New Orleans style 2nd Line Parade where 'Mom' is the star. FestiGals has it all. On the fun side of the weekend and for only $275 inclusive, the Ultimate FestiGals Weekend Event Package provides numerous opportunities to experience the New Orleans culture:

  • Power'd Sugar Walk to Cafe du Monde for cafe' au lait & beignets
  • Private Tour and Reception at M.S. Rau Antiques
  • Insider's Tour of private French Quarter home and courtyard
  • Tour and Reception at The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Culinary Demo with featured New Orleans Celebrity Chef
  • Bodacious Bra Auction with proceeds dedicated to
  • Stiletto Stroll, a New Orleans style Second-line Parade through the French Quarter
  • Private Tour of 1026 Conti Street, home of famed Norma Wallace, last madam of New Orleans. Also, meet the author of "The Last Madam," Chris Wiltz during the tour and learn the secrets of New Orleans Red Light District
  • Gospel Jazz experience at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme
  • Optional city tours, shopping adventures, discounted spa services

Besides Hoda Kotb, FestiGals featured speakers include lifestyle expert and Huffington Postcolumnist Colleen Mullaney; restaurateur, author and community leader Ti Adelaide Martin of Commander's Palace; award-winning broadcaster, author and CEO of Travel's on Media Productions Tonya Fitzpatrick; internationally recognized communications expert and author of From Cinderella to CEO, Cary Broussard; The Historic New Orleans Collection's Senior Librarian and Rare Books Curator Pamela Arceneaux; and inspirational speaker Sue Jones, whose personal story and triumphs will touch your heart.

As FestiGals Official Headquarters for the weekend, the Hotel Monteleone is offering a special room rate of $149 per night. A member of Historic Hotels of America, the Monteleone boasts 600 newly renovated luxurious guest rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, a heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, an exercise facility, a business center, and valet parking all on one of the world's most beautiful shopping corridors, Royal Street. For all the details and to purchase tickets for a Mother's Day Gift that she'll never forget, Hurry, Mother's Day is Sunday May 13th. Gift-wrapping is optional!

About FestiGals
The brainchild of entrepreneur and New Orleans tourism professional Diane Lyons, FestiGals' maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted over 150 women from across the U.S. including Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and the entire Gulf South Region. The 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend is positioned perfectly on the summer festival calendar of offerings in New Orleans. Endorsed by the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, FestiGals provides something for women of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Voted "Best Girls Getaway" in 2011 by AAA Southern Traveler, FestiGals provides the ultimate New Orleans women's experience. Committed to both raising awareness and resources for issues that impact today's women, FestiGals is a non-profit entity whose net proceeds support targeted community projects that benefit women. FestiGals is sponsored by Hotel Monteleone,, City of New Orleans,, Whitney Bank, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, EJGH Healthy Lifestyles, Lulu B., YellaWood Pressure Treated Pine, Cupcake Vodka, and Stein Mart.