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Last Minute Travel: NBA All-Star Weekend 2008

Ballers…Ballers…Ballers…. Welcome to New Orleans Bay-Bee!

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NBA All Star 2008 LogoIt’s NBA All Star Weekend 2008 and I have personally been waiting for them to bring this to New Orleans since they announced it 4 years ago…and I don’t even live there anymore!

New Orleans is the ultimate party town from the French Quarter Festival, to The Jazz and Hertiage Festival, to the infamous Mardi Gras. However, no other city can do a rotating celebration (Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, NBA All Star) like the Big Easy.
Here’s the skinny on NBA All Star Weekend.

Airline tickets are RIDICULOUS…say it again…RIDICULOUS. So if you havent already made flight arrangements I suggest you take off Friday the 15th and Monday the 18th and prepare for one helluva drive.
*UPDATE* American Airlines has New Orleans on their net fares this weekend. From St. Louis to New Orleans (Feb 16 – Feb. 18) round trip is $199. Check it out!

Hotel Rooms
in the coveted French Quarter area are near non-existent. However, if you’ve saved plenty on airfare the brand new Harrah’s Hotel which is about a year old has rooms for $850 per night. HA! (I think Jay-Z and Diddy must be staying up in there or something.) Since thats not the spot for me I searched and searched and found the:
Baronne Plaza Hotel
Baronne Plaza Hotel
201 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
1-888-756-0083
They are newly renovated (Request the 3rd or 5th floor.) and are one block down and one block over (thats 2 blocks) from Bourbon Street.
Their rooms are going for $169/night. Any other time I would say WHAT? But for this weekend I say that is not too shabby! If you book directly through the hotel the rooms are $189. If you boook through TravelNow, they are $169. Your call!

In a city structured like New Orleans, where the majority of the entertainment is downtown, I don’t suggest getting a rental car. I suggest taking the Airport Shuttle New Orleans. They are $30 round trip or $15 one-way.

Now for the Entertainment….
There are many many affordable and non-affordable…translation…celebrity and regular folk events going on in town. I apologize up front for not listing them all, but that is damn near impossible. I list all the ones I receive and if you have any to add please send them to ebonee@2jetsetdivas.com . A good place to check out the majority of the events all in one place is All Star Weekend New Orleans.

Lil’ Wayne & Friends Friday, Saturday & Sunday night @ Dreams and Ray’s & 360
Gen Admn $50 VIP $100. They have a package deal right now General Admission all 3 nights $100 and VIP all 3 nights $250.

All Star Afternoon with the Kid (YEP, DJ Kid Capri) at Club 360
#2 Canal Street on the 33rd floor directly across from Harrah’s Casino.
3p. – 8p.
Featuring: 2 for 1 Belvedere and FREE Admission if you RSVP to redcarpetevents@bellsouth.net by 10a.m. 2/16/08 <-- Please follow instructions!

VIBE Hoops and Hip Hop Boat Party $70 + tax
Saturday, February 16th
For More Info: TEXT: VIBE TO: 347-420-7250 OR CALL 615-828-2380.
Once in New Orleans. HOTEL DELIVERY AVAILABLE
comments@whatspoppingcentral.com

American Swagger @ The Chocolate Bar
540 S. Broad St. New Orleans, LA 70119
Gen Admn. $50 VIP $100
Special Guests:
Thursday – Birdman & Ca$h Money All Stars
Friday – Doug E. Fresh and DJ Kid Capri
Saturday – Cassidy and Ruff Ryders
Sunday – Deuce McAllister & DJ Captain Charles
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
For more info call: (504) 914-4903

The Best of Both Worlds – Presented by Prophecy Events
Friday, Febryary 15th @ The Sugar Mills 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
Featuring: Ne-Yo & Rick Ross
Gen. Admn $40 VIP $80
Attire: RED CARPET FLY…don’t get caught tripping!

Coast to Coast All Star Weekend Celebrity Bash w/ A.I. & Dwayne Wade Party at the Sugar Mill
$75 Gen. Admn. $100 VIP
Saturday, February 16th
1021 Convention Center Blvd.

The Final Round – All Star Weekend Finale w/ A.I. & Floyd Mayweather Party at the Sugar Mill
$75 Gen. Admn $100 VIP
Sunday, February 17th
1021 Convention Center Blvd.

2008 Glamour VooDoo
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12a. 6a.m.
Bourbon Vieux
501 Bourbon St.
Featuring: Premiun Open Bar, Complimentary Gourmet Buffet, DJ’s, Screenings of New Releases, Massage Therapists, Lounge Chairs and more!
$50 per night or $100 for a 3-night pass
For more info contact: 412-GLA-MOUR or vip@glamourlife.com or www.glamourlife.com

MVP 2008 All Star Party w/ Idirs Elba (I LOVE HIM) and Carmelo Anthony
Sunday February 17th @ The Metropolitan
310 Andrew Higgins Dr.
$100 Gen Admn $150 VIP
(**WARNING you can be 18 to ENTER….beware)

Homegrown in the Bayou All-Star Bash @ Club 300
$50 Gen Admn $100 VIP
Friday and Saturday Feb 15th and 16th

NBA All Star Saturday Night @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center –
Tickets price range from Expensive to Hella
Saturday, February 16th

DEF JAM RECORDS LABEL PARTY @ Creole Quenn River Walk Mall – Mississippi Dock w/ Rick Ross and other Def Jam Artists
Friday Feb 15th 10p-2a $125 Gen Admn

106 and Park Party @ Creole Queen River Boat w/ Terence & Rocsi $100 Gen Admn
Saturday Feb. 16th 10p-6a

Luxury Yacht – (NEVER LEAVES DOCK) ft. Lil Wayne, Chris Paul and Reggie Bush $125 Gen Admn
Sunday Feb. 17th 10p. – 6a.

NFL Players – Ball Till You Fall Blowout @ Club 300 (300 Decatur, New Orleans, LA 70130)
Sunday February 17th
Doors open @ 10p.
Gen. Admn $40 VIP w/ Express Entry $80
For more info call: (504) 329-2342 Ballers Packages Available

Ballin’ Ultra Sundays @ Ray’s over the River and Club 360
Sunday Feb 17th 9p. – 5a.
Special Guests: Corey Webster (NY Giants), Jim Jones, Mike Jones, Glen Davis, DJ Kid Capri and many many more.

You can check out these sites for other party lisitings:
All Star New Orleans
All Star NOLA
What’s Poppin Central
The Chocolate Bar
Social Step
MVP New Orleans
EVIPList
Platinum Enterprise
So So Derrty
Brothers and Sisters Online
New Orleans Jazz Bistro – Club 300
Ray’s Over the River
Club Vibes

If you try to follow me, and find me…say hi and buy me a beignet…shouts out to Cafe DuMonde!

American Swagger Flyer

Best of Both Worlds Party Flyer

Kid Capri Flyer

Glamour Flyer

MVP flyer

Red Carpet

Ultra Sundays

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