New Orleans Nightlife On Hold In The Bars & Nightclubs; Rolling Stones Postpone Concert
There is a famous drink at Pat O’Brien’s called The Hurricane, but it’s a real hurricane that has New Orleans staggering this weekend.
Hurricane Barry may be the first storm of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean but it arrived like a lion rather than a lamb and has drenched the Big Easy with so much rainfall that even before its arrival it swamped the city, putting large parts of it underwater.
Residents are fleeing and Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are deserted. On Friday, the Rolling Stones announced they were postponing their concert scheduled for Sunday at the Superdome, instead pushing it to Monday.
“Hold onto your tickets,” the band posted on its Twitter account.
UPDATE FROM NEW ORLEANS: Due to the weather we’re moving Sunday’s Superdome show to Monday. Hang onto your tickets, they will be honored on July 15. We’re here with you — we’ll get through this together. #stonesnofilter #neworleans
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 12, 2019
About the only tourists in New Orleans are the 3,000 National Guard troops deployed to the city.
Needless to say, this is not exactly the best weekend to be in New Orleans.
The Mississippi River is expected to reach 19 feet above sea level, not good for a city that is actually under water to begin with and more than twice the size of the levees to protect it from flooding.
And even as Barry passes through the Big Easy, rain is forecast to continue in the city thru the following Thursday.
One bar is doing its part. The Mid City Yacht Club (a nickname that stuck after it was soaked during Hurricane Katrina) is giving out sandbags to customers.
Even during times of nature’s fury the true nature of the New Orleans people comes out, ensuing the good times will soon be rolling again in the Big Easy.