That’s All, Folks?

With the auctioning off of the last streetcars on Ebay today, the Young Leadership Council’s Streetcar Named Desire project is at an end. Merchandise is still available at the Young Leadership Council’s website, including mini cars, posters and books. I highly recommend them to all; it’s still for a good cause and both book and poster feature photos from’s Pete and Nola as well as from streetcar fan and streetcar location map editor Judy Reynolds

Thanks to all the artists who’ve contributed to the project and site; a special shout-out goes to Paulette Lizano, who let us follow her creation from sketch to construction to final placement

We also have to thank Mike Atwater, volunteer and project director, who kept us posted on when cars were being placed so we could get their pictures as soon as we could and post them to the site. Thanks also to all the sponsors and to Paula Purvis, co-project leader and Amy Boyle, the YLC’s executive director and all the volunteers who made the project possible.

It’s been a lot of fun. Nola bought her own garden-size streetcar at the gala, and we were able to get as many artists as possible to sign our books. Until the next project…

Sneak Peek…

Here is a sneak peek at some of the 40 “garden-sized” streetcars that will be avaialable for auction at the Streetcar Soiree on May 16 at the New Orlean’s Hilton Riverside Hotel. For more information on the Soiree or to purchase tickets please go to: or call 504-585-1500.

The little cuties are about two feet long and a foot and a half tall. Here are three by artist John Lamouranne (whose full-sized cars can be viewed here, here, here and here).


Laissez le Bon Temps (et le Tram) Rouler!

Here’s your chance to attend the May 16 gala and own your own Streetcar Named Inspire! Please go to the Young Leadership Council’s site or call (504) 585-1500 for more information. From the YLC:

Laissez le Bon Temps (et le Tram) Rouler!
Let the Good Times (and the Streetcar) Roll!
An Auction for Those that Desire
Those Streetcars Named Inspire

Please join us Saturday, May 16, 8-11 pm
Hilton Riverside Hotel
Entertainment by Kermit Ruffins
Tickets: $50 advance, $60 at door
Complimentary Absolut® Martini Bar!
Attire – Party Chic!

Buy your tickets online after March 23 at, or call (504) 585-1500 to get your tickets today!

Streetcar Art, Doggie-Style

The cutest float at the 2009 Mystic Krewe of Barkus, paws down, was this one:

The Streetcar Shuffle

The Streetcar Shuffle ain’t no dance, but should be. I think it would be appropriate to choreograph a Streetcar Shuffle at the Fais Do Do stage at Jazz Fest this year. Any volunteers?

The shuffle we’re talking about now is actual streetcar movement; we could have called it “musical cars” but, hey, here’s the shuffling as we know it so far:

Chris Kaiser’s “Proud to Call it Home” has moved from Canal and Basin to the downriver side of Jackson Square, near the east gate along the Pontalba building.

“Proud to Call it Home” at its new home.

Mackenzie Thorpe’s “Lest We Forget – Girls First Hearts” has moved from its spot in front of St. Louis Cathedral to the uptown side of Jackson Square.

“Lest We Forget – Girl’s First Hearts”

Will Smith Jr.’s “Greetings From the French Market Corporation” has moved from its old spot at Cafe du Monde down river to the French Market, at the foot of Gov. Nichols St.

“Greetings from the French Market Corporation” serenaded
by a little Sunday morning jazz.

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