The Hampton Inn & Suites, a block from the Mississippi River and across the street from the Morial Convention Center, is partly housed in a historic converted cotton warehouse; the oil painting in the lobby depicts commerce (grain, coffee, cotton and produce) shipped through the port of New Orleans centuries ago.
We checked into the hotel (in the Arts & Warehouse District) January 7th - seeing both Christmas and Mardi Gras decorations in the side entrance on Gaiennie Street.
A few days later the lobby decorations celebrated Mardi Gras, when 2 million visitors typically come to the Crescent City for parties and parades in the French Quarter.
Wizard World artists and attendees shared the Morial Convention Center with a Mardi Gras ball on Saturday, January 9th. Doug couldn't pass up the opportunity to hold the hand of a Mardi Gras Queen!
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)