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Tracking Tennessee

On the heels of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival falls the great Southern playwright’s birthday today. We spent the weekend celebrating and toasting Tennessee all over New Orleans and can report that he’s very much alive and well there. His likeness can be found throughout the French Quarter on any given weekend, along with businesses named in his honor, but during the festival weekend, Tennessee is everywhere. As Stanleys and Stellas scream in Jackson Square, his spirit pulls up to the bar at Arnaud’s for a Sazerac, his face beckons to tourists looking to take home a piece of art and it’s likely he could appear on a balcony somewhere wearing his trademark cream suit and Panama hat.

Festival sign featuring a likeness of Tennessee

The Crystal Menagerie shop on Chartres Street

Painting of Tennessee Williams by H. Sarre in Jackson Square

Cocktail seminar at Arnaud's French 75 Bar

Stanley restaurant in Jackson Square

Tennessee himself appears on the balcony during the shouting contest

More coverage, photos and videos from last weekend’s festival coming soon!

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