“I fell in appreciate with New Year’s Eve a decade ago, when a number of girlfriends and I spontaneously went to a spot known as the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. I’ve hardly ever been a significant New Year’s person—I often find that it can be type of hit-or-overlook. This celebration was looking the identical, particularly considering the fact that all the dining establishments all around had been whole. But then I got a random mobile phone contact that anyone experienced canceled their reservation and to occur by proper away.
We experienced enjoyable consuming wine and savoring Creole-encouraged hors d’oeuvres, but what I’ll never ever overlook is what took place correct following we still left. Some dude was handing out these enormous bunches of silver balloons, major enough that it just about felt like they could lift us. We tied them to the handlebars of our bicycles and observed ourselves, at two in the early morning, driving down a avenue in the Backyard garden District—past grand historic mansions with ornate iron railings and incredible gardens—with these large bunches of balloons bobbing in the wind. It was a absolutely unplanned practical experience that felt like a scene in a movie: a minute of bliss that I wish every person could have.
And which is what New Orleans is all about, which is why I finished up buying a residence there—you can not have a plan and end up undertaking a little something seriously exciting and entertaining. I have experienced evenings in which a marriage celebration took above the bar I was at in the course of a rainstorm and we all finished up dancing, soaking moist and amongst strangers, into the night jointly. Or wherever a random gentleman begun participating in the piano at a lounge and a different woman began singing and it wound up being some of the best music I’ve at any time heard. I suggest, look—I will not know a lot of towns where I would relatively be out on my bicycle on New Year’s Eve than at a incredible celebration.” —As informed to Scott Bay
Jennifer Coolidge stars in year 2 of The White Lotus, airing Oct 30 on HBO.
This write-up appeared in the November 2022 situation of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine listed here.