Well, there is a lot going on in Nola this weekend. First off, it’s my favorite time of the year, that’s right it’s Football season. We in New Orleans take our football very seriously. It is great seeing our city participate in all the action and brings the community together all for the sake of football. The Saints had their first pre-season game in the newly renovated Superdome, with a win. On that note WHO DAT! So, here’s what else is going on….

Get your red dress and attire for the Red Dress Run. The Harriers, who style themselves as a “drinking club with a running problem, ” have recruited thousands of guest runners, walkers and layabouts to wiggle into crimson gowns and make their way from bar to bar in the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny on Saturday.

Now in its 17th year, the New Orleans Red Dress Run has soared in popularity since its debut, growing from an initial field of about a dozen to a sprawling romp that draws participants from as far away as Chicago. About 7,500 men and women registered for the 2010 event, raising close to $200,000 for charity. Proceeds were divided among 50 local nonprofit organizations.

“We like to drink beer, sing bawdy songs — and do good in the process” said Bill Healy, one of 16 local “hashers” who organize the benefit and help to arrange the smaller, weekly runs that the group stages for members only.

The idea for a red dress run originated elsewhere — some say San Diego — and has spread to many Harrier clubs around the world. But the New Orleans run dwarfs the frocked footraces in other towns.

“This is a natural event for New Orleans, because we like to party, but that’s not the only explanation for the success of our run, ” Healy said. “New Orleans men are simply less terrified of appearing publicly in a dress. We have costuming in our blood. Almost everyone I know has closets packed with years of Mardi Gras stuff.”
Participants will gather in Washington Square Park starting at 9:30 a.m. for a day of live music, beer and food. The race begins at 4 p.m. — if anyone is still standing.

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Dirty Linen Night
Various galleries, 6 p.m.
Royal Street, French Quarter
Tickets: Free
Resources: Official FB page

The French Quarter’s answer to the Julia Street Arts District’s event. Galleries along Royal Street in the French Quarter stay open late and feature art, music, wine and more. The official after party, featuring dirty martinis, is held at the Royal Street Oyster House.

So have fun today at the Red Dress Run, see ya there…

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