Note – The Petite Pardi will be held August 13th & 14th 2021 in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
I am really excited right now because three weeks from today I will be getting on a plane. I’m going to Houston Hobby airport and flying over to New Orleans. It will be my first time in New Orleans since Pardi-Gras 2020. Almost exactly 19 months ago, which is the longest I have gone without visiting New Orleans since my first trip back in the spring of 2004.
And of course COVID has been the reason for that. Pardi-Gras happened in Galveston TX this year. In April, instead of happening in January, in New Orleans, like it should have.
I’m excited to be going back to New Orleans. It makes me feel like maybe things are really, truly starting to get back to normal.
We did our first summer time event in NOLA in 2017. By we I mean Sail Away Promotions. Jerry Diaz and company.
So we did our first summer time event in new Orleans in 2017. We called it Gulf Coast Days.
You’ve probably heard by now that we have moved the Gulf Coast Days name to Galveston, and we’re starting a permanent springtime event in Galveston that will be called Gulf Coast Days.
And the summertime New Orleans event is now called the Petite Pardi. Literally called the little party, the little Pardi-Gras. Of course it’s going to feature Jerry Diaz along with Mark Mireles. Plus Brent Burns, Steve Hopper, and a few more artists yet to be announced, including some of your favorite Bourbon Street entertainers. As you’ve probably heard by now, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and most importantly, the Tropical Isle have really started to open up and move back towards normal.
And we’re excited to show up and help kick things back in gear. The Petite Pardi will mark the return of Sail Away Entertainment, the Diaz Family, and Trop Rock music to New Orleans. And most importantly the Tropical Isle.
New Orleans is a very important place to me personally. I think it’s a really important place in the history of the Trop Rock community, Parrot Heads and all that. Buffett really kind of got his serious start as a performer in New Orleans. He kind of got started on the whole weird hippie bohemian lifestyle in New Orleans. And New Orleans is where the Parrot Head nation really kind of got started. Of course Parrot Head clubs had already started before Meeting of the Minds, but the first meeting of the minds was held in New Orleans in 1992.
And I think Meeting the Minds is still the center of the Parrot Head world, and still the center of the Trop rock world for that matter. So I’m excited to be going back to New Orleans.
We still have room for you to join us, just go to JerryDiaz.com and click the events tab at the top of the website. Find the Petite Pardi button. And buy yourself a ticket and join us in New Orleans on August 13th and 14th.
It’s going to be a good time. Pretty laid back, a lot calmer than Pardi-Gras, a different atmosphere.
So if you are missing New Orleans, this is your chance to get back during the Petite Pardi. Hope you can join us!