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17th Annual Martin…

Jan 26 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Alliance Francaise

Jan 26 - 31, 2015
Learn French with the Alliance Française- now in METAIRIE! Our next… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Jan 26 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Jan 26 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Jan 26 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Jon Cleary & the…

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

The Alliance…

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
A free-spirited young woman with a quirky idea of political engagement crosses… more

The Gasperi…

Jan 26 - Feb 22, 2015
Richard Gasperi opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980.… more

The New Orleans…

Jan 26 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

"Organ and Labyrinth"…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for  "Organ and Labyrinth" and Candlelight with Albinas… more

Baby Arts Play! at…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Instill a love of art at a young age through a guided, hands-on gallery… more

Dishcrawl on Oak

Jan 27 - 28, 2015
Get ready for a fun night of exciting, unexpected dishes from top-rated… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
"Standing in the Shadows (no more)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

DANCING WITH THE…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Dancing with the Stars, ABC's leading entertainment show, produced by BBC… more

House of Blues…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
A death metal band from New York, this seasoned group has put out thirteen… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Mainline Brass Band. more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Jan 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Come and enjoy the music of Jazz with the New Orleans Rhythm Devils. more

17th Annual Martin…

Jan 26 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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.