Jennifer Coolidge on Her Love Affair With New Orleans

“I fell in appreciate with New Year’s Eve a 10 years in the past, when a number of girlfriends and I spontaneously went to a area called the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. I have in no way been a big New Year’s person—I often locate that it’s sort of strike-or-overlook. This celebration was searching the exact, in particular considering that all the dining establishments all-around have been entire. But then I got a random telephone connect with that somebody had canceled their reservation and to occur by ideal absent. 

We experienced exciting drinking wine and having fun with Creole-inspired hors d’oeuvres, but what I am going to under no circumstances neglect is what happened suitable right after we left. Some guy was handing out these significant bunches of silver balloons, huge more than enough that it practically felt like they could carry us. We tied them to the handlebars of our bicycles and uncovered ourselves, at two in the early morning, riding down a road in the Backyard garden District—past grand historic mansions with ornate iron railings and incredible gardens—with these huge bunches of balloons bobbing in the wind. It was a absolutely unplanned practical experience that felt like a scene in a film: a moment of bliss that I wish everyone could have. 

And which is what New Orleans is all about, which is why I finished up shopping for a household there—you can not have a strategy and stop up accomplishing some thing actually attention-grabbing and entertaining. I have had nights wherever a wedding day occasion took over the bar I was at during a rainstorm and we all finished up dancing, soaking damp and amid strangers, into the night time alongside one another. Or where by a random male started out taking part in the piano at a lounge and a further girl commenced singing and it wound up staying some of the very best new music I’ve at any time heard. I imply, look—I never know a ton of cities wherever I would relatively be out on my bicycle on New Year’s Eve than at a fantastic get together.” —As instructed to Scott Bay

Jennifer Coolidge stars in period 2 of The White Lotus, airing October 30 on HBO. 

This article appeared in the November 2022 situation of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine listed here.

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