COABE Conference 2019Off-Site Events

Presidents’ Welcome Reception
Monday, April 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm, $25/ticket


This is a ticketed event that will provide a wonderful experience at The Presbytère Louisiana State Museum located in the historical French Quarter. Providing an unparalleled view of the dazzling life of Jackson Square and a backdrop of exhibits that chronicle Louisiana’s rich history and culture. You will enjoy a reception with music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. So please join us for a night of great food, fun, and the best views of New Orleans. It’s only a 0.5 mile walk down Chartres St.

You will have access to the Presbytère’s two permanent exhibits tell two sides of the ongoing Louisiana story—one of celebration and one of resilience.

Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana offers a window into the annual celebration and riotous rituals of Mardi Gras, a festival that is inextricably woven into Louisiana’s way of life and whose roots extend deep into the Middle Ages. There are parade floats to climb, costumes to see and historical throws on display as well as rare glimpses into the secretive social club society from which modern-day Mardi Gras krewes evolved. And it’s not a party without music: Mardi Gras albums, records, sheet music and more are also part of the collection.

The Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond exhibit tells of rescue, rebuilding and renewal. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans’ badly engineered levee system, it resulted in one of the worst disasters in American history, leaving 80 percent of the city flooded and hundreds dead.

The exhibit documents the event, the aftermath and southeast Louisiana’s ongoing recovery. With interactive exhibits and artifacts that showcase the spirit of the city’s residents, this is a collection you don’t want to miss. 

Jazz Steamboat Dinner Cruise
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Boarding at 6:30pm and Docking at 9:00pm, $50/ticket


This is a ticketed event that will provide Jazz Steamboat Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi.  Savor the age-old power and majesty of the Mississippi river in a new spirit of adventure. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city by night, as you watch the French Quarter come to life to the soundtrack of Dixieland jazz. We will also have a strolling saxophonist. So please join us for a night of great food, dancing, fun, and the best views of New Orleans. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel.  

Cruise Highlights:

  • Breathtaking view of the city

  • Enjoy casual buffet-style dining

  • Meals prepared fresh on board

  • Part of your experience is strolling the decks of this beautiful boat, ideal for photographs

  • Indoor and Outdoor seating 

  • Featuring live New Orleans swing style music by the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland"

  • Museum quality Engine Room

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