There were brass bands, colorful costumes, and plenty of dogs to celebrate the legacy of this iconic Golden Girl.
Betty White died on New Year’s Eve of 2021, just weeks shy of what would have been her 100th Birthday on January 17, 2022. As America mourned the loss of their favorite Golden Girl and a comedic legend who starred in dozens of memorable roles, the city of New Orleans began planning. The idea, crafted by Santa T. Claus (yes, that’s his legal name) and Carl Mack of Carl Mack Presents, was to host a celebration of her life––in true New Orleans’ style. The massive Betty White Parade marched on January 16 through the heart of the French Quarter, featuring all the trappings—from The Bourbon Street Brass Band to citizens twirling parasols. Many donned Betty White wigs and tropical shirts, while others held hand-painted signs of their favorite comedian’s quotes. Dogs were plentiful, and once the organizers covered the parade’s cost, all the proceeds were given to the locally run Villalobos Rescue Center for animals in need. Betty White was a massive animal lover who personally funded the relocation of several zoo animals before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005 in the city. The parade was both whimsical and meaningful––something fans would say was emblematic of White’s own life––and the final moments certainly brought a tear or two. As the crowd huddled against the cold in Jackson Square, they sent some love up to Betty White with a moving chorus of I’ll Fly Away. Here, we bring you a few outtakes of a very fitting tribute to an incredible star.
Snow caves, fjord snorkeling, and horse soul sessions. Yes, this is real life.
The Middle East offers so much more than desert sand, camel caravans, and the disproportionately negative news we see and hear. You may be drawn to the region by significant historical and spiritual cities and sites such as Petra, the pyramids, and Jerusalem. Those are, of course, perfectly good reasons to travel here. But while you’re planning your trip, consider adding some of these activities you probably didn’t know you could do in the Middle East.
From Portland to New York and from coffee carts to the oldest Starbucks, here are 22 places to get the perfect cup of jo.
Americans have always taken their coffee culture very seriously, but caffeine no longer serves solely as a way of waking up in the morning. Craft coffee shops are brewing in urban areas across the country, spurring creativity from within and offering community gathering spaces to meet, work, or just enjoy a well-made caffeinated beverage to-go. From a city that was known for the most famous tea party in history (before it turned to coffee) to a city that “never sleeps” (so of course, it needs an ample supply of caffeine)—here is a lineup of some of the best coffee destinations in the U.S.
In lieu of a trip to the Caribbean, these Texas resorts promise water slides, entertainment, and spa treatments.
Winter certainly has its challenges, and not being able to easily take a dip in a pool or relax in a hot tub during one of the most stressful times of the year is one of them. Not everyone can make it to Hawai‘i or the Caribbean to enjoy sun and sand, but there are plenty of places in Texas that make it easy to shake off the winter blues and let the whole family let their hair down (and get it wet). Many of these locations fall in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so visitors from the surrounding Ark-La-Tex region will find that many of these standalone indoor waterparks make great Texas day trips, although having an overnight stay at one of these Texas resorts with indoor waterparks and pools is hard to pass up once those temperatures start dropping. Before you head out, be sure to check specific park details for important details like whether or not they allow outside food and drinks, if your wristband lasts all day, and more. If you have an adventurous little one, be sure to check the height requirements for some of the more exciting attractions so that you know which areas of the park to avoid. Even if you skip the regular FAQ, if you’ve got little kids, you’ll want to check requirements for floaties, adult ratios, etc., to avoid any unforeseen situations that can result in meltdowns for all ages. Whether you’re traveling through Texas, to Texas, or you’re staycationing in Texas—these resorts and indoor waterparks offer wet and wild experiences throughout the entire year.