It’s early May in New Orleans and the temperature is already flirting with 90 degrees. It looks like one more front may give us a brief respite from the dog days of summer. Summertime in New Orleans is a slow paced time of year. Many businesses start to hurt, people don’t eat as much, people don’t go out as much. The college kids have all left town reducing the population by thousands. There won’t be a lot of activity on the streets, most people hibernate in their air conditioned homes. It gets pretty hot and sticky during the summer months.
I like the slower pace, the bars aren’t as crowded and the only long lines you are likely to encounter are at one of the many snowball stands in town. It’s a lazy time in NOLA. This year the locals need it, Sugar Bowl, NCAA National Championship, Mardi Gras, The Final Four, The French Quarter Fest, The Jazz Fest, and a number of smaller venues that I have left out. I personally am pooped and looking forward to the Dog Days. By the time they are over I am sure I will be bored, but that’s fine, in the fall the city will spring back to life and we can do it all over again.