It may be raining now, pouring actually, but a few raindrops shouldn't deter hardy New Orleanians from diving into holiday celebrations, whether your preferred greeting is Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Habari Gani? for Kwanzaa or something else.
The Royal Sonesta Hotel (300 Bourbon St.) is holding its fifth annual Lighting of the Balconies ceremony tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 30), beginning with a performance by the Xavier University Gospel Choir at 6 p.m., followed by a second line parade led by the Treme Brass Band, Santa Claus, the Saintsations, Saints mascot Gumbo and the Royal Teddy Bear. Saints punter Thomas Morstead and Treme star David Morse will take the stage along with other locals, and it all culminates with the flipping of a switch by Childrens Hospital patients Jenna Clesi and Kendrick Williams to light up the balconies of the hotel at 7 p.m.
And it's not even Dec. 1 yet.