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The Ultimate Girls Getaway: New Orleans’ FestiGals

Festigals (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, be strong, be invincible – be a woman – at the FestiGals Weekend Getaway. These four days packed with women-centric parties and seminars include the best in girly fun and the more ladies that join in on it, the more funds are raised for the event’s charities: Dress for Success and Women for Women International. All proceeds go to these wonderful programs so at FestiGals, philanthropy has never been more fun!

Festigals (Photo: Paul Broussard)

FestiGals kicks off at its headquarters – the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter – on Thursday with early registration from 3-8 pm (otherwise known as have a cocktail or two at the Carousel Bar) and the Sinfully Sweet chocolate from Bittersweet Confections and wine pairing from 6-8 pm.

Perhaps the most exciting FestiGals event is on Friday for the smoldering Fire and Ice cocktail party at the Bienville House across from the Decatur Street Fire House. The Fire component will be the smokin’ firemen featured in the New Orleans Firefighter’s calendar who will be present. Cool down from all the heat with icy Cupcake Vodka cocktails.

Saturday is a day to interact and learn from the amazing women in attendance. From 9 am to 12 pm is the S.H.E. (Self, Heart and Empowerment) series with separate seminars from exceptional women, including GoNOLA TV‘s own Fleurty Girl. Then from 12-2 pm is the keynote luncheon at Hotel Monteleone with special guest speaker, CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien who will be discussing her memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities followed by a signing.

Registration is separate with a discounted price for each event or the entire weekend price can be purchased for a flat rate. A Groupon package is available till the end of today, as well!

So, ladies grab your girlfriends and get ready for the ultimate girls getaway filled with empowerment, friendship, fashion and fun! And if you see a hot lady walking around the Quarter with boas and beads on – know that they’re a FestiGal.

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