2012 Dirty Linen Night in New Orleans

French Quarter artists

Dirty Linen Night 2012

Is White Linen Night not quite your thing? Maybe a few too many faux art lovers or fakers? Then pencil in Dirty Linen Night on your calendar for August 11th.

The tongue-in-cheek free event has been around about 10 years now and was started by the artists, shops and galleries along Royal Street and Dutch Alley in the French Quarter in response to White Linen Night.

Stores in the 500-1000 blocks of Royal, along with some artists in Dutch Alley, will be open from 6-9 pm.  Many of them place laundry baskets on the sidewalks, filled with discounted merchandise for the night. And you have to give kudos to the shop owners who have shown a sly sense of humor in the past by offering dirty martinis and dirty rice to their patrons.

There’s no dress code, although black is the color of choice for many attendees – when they aren’t wearing their dirty linens from the week before.

You’ve got to love an event rooted in the New Orleans tradition of satire and poking fun at anyone or anything that might be perceived as taking themselves too seriously.

One Response to “2012 Dirty Linen Night in New Orleans”

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  1. Lisa says:

    And, in grand New Orleans tradition, there’s a controversy tied to money:
    http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2012/08/dirty_linen_night_stained_with.html

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