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33rd Annual Mad…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association invites you to join the… more

9th Annual New…

Mar 22 - 24, 2017
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Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 22 - Jun 18, 2017
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Mar 22 - 25, 2017
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Mar 22, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Mar 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

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Mar 22 - 25, 2017
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Opera on Tap

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In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

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Mar 22 - 26, 2017
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Mar 22 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

The Moth GrandSLAM

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
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YLC Wednesday at the…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
Join us for the 18th Annual Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series… more

Heart of the House

Mar 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Lilith in Loa…

Mar 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

Napoleon House's…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
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33rd Annual Mad…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association invites you to join the… more

New Orleans’ Love Affair with the Sno-Ball

 

New Orleans Sno-Ball

Summertime seems to evoke childhood memories in small moments of sensory experiences: the smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of a cannonball into a pool — but nothing seems to capture the simple delights of youth better than the sweet taste of an ice-cold sno-ball, a New Orleans mainstay since the 1930s.

 

At first glance, this Southern treat seems simplistic: ice, color and flavoring. But like most time-honored traditions, the beauty lies in the details. Instead of crunchy, watery ice, you’ll find smooth, finely shaved ice that seems to accomplish a fluffy consistency. Rather than the rudimentary “blue flavor” or “red flavor” choices, you’ll discover a seemingly endless spectrum of flavors that rival Willy Wonka’s ingenuity: bananas foster, roasted marshmallow, wedding cake, Georgia peach, honeydew melon and orchid cream vanilla. And don’t forget the add-ons: toppings of sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, sprinkles or caramel, as well as the option for a creamy center of ice cream or yogurt stuffed inside.

New Orleans’ sno-ball stands are typically open from March through October, gracing the steamy summer months with an icy reprieve, and many of them serve up original family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Regardless of whether you go with a long-standing favorite or an inventive new flavor, it’s easy to discover why sno-balls have garnered a loyal following in New Orleans, from both kids and kids at heart.