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Best of New Orleans 2016: Local Life 

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Best nursery/preschool
1. The Little Red Schoolhouse (2055 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-838-7979; www.thelittleredschoolhouseofmetairie.com)
2. Little Gate (Louise S. McGehee School, 1538 Philip St., 504-523-9911; www.littlegate.com)
3. Little Hearts (Academy of the Sacred Heart, Mater Campus, 4301 St. Charles Ave., 504-269-1230; www.ashrosary.org)


Best grammar school

1. Lusher Charter School (7315 Willow St., 504-862-5110; www.lusherschool.org)
2. Holy Name of Jesus (6325 Cromwell Place, 504-861-1466; www.hnjschool.org)
3. Academy of the Sacred Heart (4521 St. Charles Ave., 504-891-1943; www.ashrosary.org)


Best high school
1. Jesuit High School of New Orleans (4133 Banks St., 504-486-6631; www.jesuitnola.org)
2. Mount Carmel Academy (7027 Milne Blvd., 504-288-7626; www.mcacubs.com)
3. Lusher Charter School (5624 Freret St., 504-304-3960; www.lusherschool.org)


Best local college/university
1. Tulane University (6823 St. Charles Ave.; www.tulane.edu)
2. University of New Orleans (2000 Lakeshore Drive, 888-514-4274; www.uno.edu)
3. Loyola University New Orleans (6363 St. Charles Ave., 504-865-3240; www.loyno.edu)


Best art gallery

1. Arthur Roger Gallery (432 Julia St., 504-522-1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com)
2. Ashley Longshore (4537 Magazine St., 504-333-6951; www.ashleylongshore.com)
3. Martine Chaisson Gallery (727 Camp St., 504-302-7942; www.martinechaissongallery.com)


Best day trip destination

1. Biloxi, Mississippi
2. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
3. Ship Island, Gulfport, Mississippi

click to enlarge PlayNOLA Sports & Social Club offers leagues in several sports. - PHOTO COURTESY PLAYNOLA SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
  • Photo courtesy PlayNOLA Sports & Social Club
  • PlayNOLA Sports & Social Club offers leagues in several sports.


Best
local adult sports league

1. PlayNOLA Sports & Social Club
(www.playnola.com)
2. WAKA Kickball & Social Sports (www.kickball.com/nola)
3. KOCC Kickball (www.facebook.com/kocckickball)

click to enlarge GW Fins workers put together sandwiches at the Oak Street Po-boy Festival. - PHOTO COURTESY GW FINS/ CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Photo courtesy GW Fins/ Creative Commons
  • GW Fins workers put together sandwiches at the Oak Street Po-boy Festival.


Best food festival
1. Oak Street Po-boy Festival (www.poboyfestcom)
2. New Orleans Oyster Festival (www.nolaoysterfest.org)
3. Louisiana Seafood Festival (www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com)


Best golf course
1. Audubon Golf Course (6500 Magazine St., 504-212-5290; www.auduboninstitute.org/golf-parks/golf)
2. New Orleans City Park (1051 Filmore Ave., 504-483-9410; www.cityparkgolf.com)
3. English Turn Golf & Country Club (One Clubhouse Drive, 504-392-2200; www.englishturngolf.com)


Best live music festival

1. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (www.nojazzfest.com)
2. French Quarter Festival (www.fqfi.org)
3. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (www.voodoofestival.com)

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  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Best Mardi Gras parade
1. Muses
2. Endymion
3. Orpheus


Best summer camp

1. Jewish Community Center Summer Camp (5842 St. Charles Ave., 504-897-0143; www.nojcc.org)
2. Audubon Zoo Camp (6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/camps/1007-zoo-camp)
TIE: 3. Country Day Creative Arts Camp (Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, 504-849-3188; www.countrydaycreativearts.com)
TIE: 3. Kehoe-France (720 Elise St., Metairie, 504-733-0472; www.kehoe-france.com/summer-camp)

click to enlarge New Orleanians never seem to tire of the 610 Stompers’ dynamic dance moves — and their charity work. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • New Orleanians never seem to tire of the 610 Stompers’ dynamic dance moves — and their charity work.


Best marching group
1. 610 Stompers (www.610stompers.com)
Who knew a troupe of men dancing in baby blue shorts and shiny red jackets would be such a turn-on for New Orleanians? Well, the 610 Stompers have stolen everyone's hearts — the dudes can bust some crazy synchronized moves — and can be seen in Mardi Gras parades, performing for fundraisers and touting bike and pedestrian safety in a past campaign for the Regional Planning Commission. The dancing group started in 2009 and has about 100 members from around the country. The group says its foremost mission is to restore the love of dance, but it also has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. The Stompers' outfits even inspired a new business: Robert Bruce, an original member of the 610 Stompers, created BRIX Apparel to produce well-fitting shorts for men with "athletic" thighs.
2. St. Augustine High School Marching 100 (www.staugnola.org/clubsactivities/marching-100)
3. The Pussyfooters (www.pussyfooters.org)

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  • Photo by Paul Chaney


Best local charity event

1. Hogs for the Cause (www.hogsforthecause.org)
2. Whitney Zoo-To-Do (www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/ztd)
3. New Orleans Red Dress Run (www.nolareddress.com)


Best
local foot race

1. Crescent City Classic (www.ccc10k.com)
2. New Orleans Red Dress Run (www.nolareddress.com)
3. San Fermin in Nueva Orleans/ New Orleans Running of the Bulls (www.nolabulls.com)

Best
museum
1. New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans City Park, 1 Colin C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org)
2. National World War II Museum (945 Magazine St., 504-528-1944; www.nationalww2museum.org)
3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St., 504-539-9650; www.ogdenmuseum.org)

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  • Photo by Sam Hurd


Best
party venue
1. Race & Religious (510 State St., 504-523-0890; www.raceandreligous.com)
2. Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place, 504-475-2061; www.mardigrasworld.com)
3. Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 504-581-4367; www.generationshall.com)


Best
place for a first date
1. New Orleans City Park (1 Palm Drive, 504-482-4888; www.neworleanscitypark.com)
2. Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)
3. The Delachaise (3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com)


Best nonprofit

1. LA/SPCA (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 504-368-5191; www.laspca.org)
2. Team Gleason (www.teamgleason.org)
3. Junior League of New Orleans (4319 Cardondelet St., 504-891-5845; www.jlno.org)


Best underrated Pelicans player

1. Anthony Davis
2. Jrue Holiday
TIE: 3. Norris Cole
TIE: 3. Dante Cunningham

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  • Photo by Derick Hingle

Best underrated Saints player
Drew Brees
OK, people, listen up. Every year Drew Brees wins "Best Saints Player" and Anthony Davis wins "Best Pelicans Player." So this year we thought we'd give some of the other guys a chance with a new category saluting the underrated talents on each team. So who won? Breesus and the Brow. Again. In what universe are Anthony Davis and Drew Brees underrated? But those were your choices, so we had to go with them. In our minds, though, Jrue Holiday, Delvin Breaux and Mark Ingram are the ones getting the love here.
TIE: 2. Delvin Breaux
TIE: 2. Mark Ingram
3. Thomas Morstead




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