Girlfriends! We love them and need them in our lives, but it’s hard to find space in our busy schedule to spend time with them. We appreciate “Girlfriend Time” so much in New Orleans, there’s an entire weekend dedicated to playing with your bestie! FestiGals!
FestiGals is billed as a Girlfriend Weekend Getaway. Women from all backgrounds and locales converge on the Crescent City to celebrate, empower, and connect with others who share their interests. This year’s dates are July 28-30, 2016 at the JW Marriott and more than 2200 FestiGals are expected. There’s a lot packed into the three-day event but here are some highlights:
FestiGals Women’s Conference
A day filled with informative workshops and inspiring seminars, including keynote speaker, investment expert Carla Harris. You will hear from other nationally renowned speakers throughout the day sure who are sure to inspire the girl boss in you.
In New Orleans, we love to second line and FestiGals gives you the chance to put on your heels (or any shoe you prefer) and take part in the largest women’s second line parade. Get decked out in your brightest boa, bodacious bra, and neon wig. Join your krewe and sashay down city streets to the beat of live music. Entertainers and dance groups will be dancing along side you as you make your way to Mardi Gras World for the After-Glow Party featuring dynamic entertainer Rockin’ Doopsie. FestiGals donates all proceeds from the event to the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch and Auction
Another fundraising component is Bodacious Bras for a Cause, the event auctions off bedazzled, artfully decorated bras to raise money for The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. Expect to see quite an eyeful of artistic expression – there’ll be bras adorned with coffee beans and a group that decorates its bras using Dolly Parton’s songs and style as its inspiration.
FestiGals will put their spin on the traditional “mixer” with its Bloody Mary Mixer. I like mine extra spicy with a lot of celery, olives, and pickled green beans. How do you take yours? And of course, because this is New Orleans after all, there’ll be a Culinary Showcase and Cocktails & Conversations. New this year is FestiTalks…quick-paced talks on a range of interesting topics.
Created by Women for Women
FestiGals began six years ago by Diane B. Lyons and ACCENT-DMC. It’s grown each year to become one of summer’s “must-do’s” in the city. So, why not grab your girlfriends and experience a fun-filled, inspiring weekend in New Orleans? For complete details and ticket information, visit www.festigals.org