Beginning April 13, the ICCFA Annual Convention and Expo will take place in New Orleans, Lousiana. The ICCFA has lined up a great round of key note speakers covering topics such as “The Recipe for Success” and “The Communication Revolution: Driving Growth Through Social Business.” (You can download the full program of events here.) New Orleans holds a special energy and history that cannot be replicated anywhere else. While you’re visiting for this year’s ICCFA, here are a few sights you can’t afford to miss!
Café Du Monde: You can’t leave Louisiana without taking time to savor the famous beignets. What are beignets might you ask? They are a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are similar to donuts, but they are melt-in-your-mouth good and you’ll be craving them days after.
French Quarter: From the boisterous party vibe of Bourbon Street to the bohemian elegance of Royal Street, the French Quarter holds the special interest of all travelers. They have restaurants, music venues, boutique shopping, and even voodoo temples!
French Market: The French Market is open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The market is home to a wide variety of food vendors serving prepared foods, but also fresh produce stands. The French Market District encompasses six blocks of the lower French Quarter and includes over 20 unique retail shops, venues, restaurants, cafes, and even a flea market! You can stop by the various historical monuments including the home of the Joan of Arc statue.
Garden District/Lafayette Cemetery Tour: The Garden district is home to some of New Orlean’s most dazzling neighborhoods, including the film site of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!” Lafayette Cemetery is famed for its aboveground tombs. You may recognize it in scenes from movies like “Double Jeopardy” or “Déjà vu.” Schedule a tour here or here.
Frenchmen Street: If you’re looking for less touristy, more authentic experiences, head on over to Frenchmen Street. It’s been described as Bourbon Street’s “hipper, trendier cousin.” They have live music (specifically jazz!), bars, restaurants, night clubs, and art galleries. If you’re not into night life, they also have the Frenchmen Art Market which is open daily from 7 PM to 1 AM. This is where you can find unique local art and jewelry. You can take a taxi or walk from the French Quarter. We recommend starting at the 500 block and heading North.
This year’s ICCFA is set up to be quite the event! The breakout sessions have the highest quality content topics and the floor is set to hold a wide expanse of vendors from around the world. Here at Security National Life, we hope to see you at our booth this week, number 501!