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Conference social events highlight the best of Louisiana.

This year's line up of social events for NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition are not to be missed, as the City of New Orleans is going all out to show its southern style. Delegates will be treated to culture, music and food that is sure to be a cornucopia of unique Crescent City sights, sounds and tastes.

The social events will span the length of the conference and are sure to be some of the highlights of this year's Congress of Cities. This is one conference not to be missed.

All Aboard "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Hosted by Veolia Environnement

The Thursday evening opening social event, generously hosted again this year by Veolia Environnement, an NLC Corporate Partner, is sure to be one of the conference's stellar evening events.

The decor, food and music will take you back to New Orleans, circa 1952--the year the world viewed exotic, steamy New Orleans through the eyes of Blanche DuBois, and Stanley and Stella Kowalski, in the movie "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Mouth-watering food and some New Orleans-inspired specialty cocktails will encourage delegates to dance the night away to amazing live entertainment amongst breathtaking decor.

Participants will also get the chance to yell their most dramatic and awe-inspiring rendition of "Stellaaaa" or "Stanleeey" in a yell-off contest.

The event takes place at the Sugar Mill, located directly across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Have a "Night on the Town"

Hosted by the City of New Orleans and the Merchants Association

Friday night, the City of New Orleans and the Merchants Association will sponsor a "Night on the Town," a unique opportunity for access to some of New Orleans' world famous, one-of-a-kind art galleries, museums and shops in the arts and museum district.

New Orleans has a lively visual arts scene centered on the contemporary art galleries of Julia Street and the renowned Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The gallery owners and Ogden museum will extend their hours and offer free admission, as well as complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. Live musical entertainment on Julia Street will add to the festivities.

After the tours, delegates can make reservations and enjoy dinner on their own at one of the many neighborhood restaurants, including the original Emeril's. Complimentary shuttles will run on a continuous loop along all four shuttle routes and the arts district throughout the evening. The district is also within walking distance from many convention center hotels.

Closing Event: Festivals of Fun

Saturday evening will conclude the NLC Congress of Cities with a not-to-be-missed closing bash, aptly named the Festivals and Culinary Trails of Louisiana.

Delegates and guests will be treated to fabulous music born in New Orleans, food unique to the area and a fun, Louisiana festival-style. The depth and variety of Louisiana music will be featured with performances by Grammy recognized Louisiana artists.

The rich culinary culture of Louisiana will be highlighted, both with displays of great Louisiana cuisine and with an exciting culinary stage featuring some of the state's most celebrated chefs. This event will conclude a great conference in New Orleans.

Details: For more information or to register for the Congress of Cities and Exposition, visit and click on the Congress of Cities logo in the upper right corner.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
Author:Pionke, John
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 22, 2007
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