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Join our partners in the Solution Center tonight. It’s always a party in New Orleans so we are throwing a seafood boil down in the bayou, just like the ragin’ Cajuns! Learn how to enjoy the local delicacy, crawfish, while discovering the real truth about Voodoo, which is as much a part of New Orleans as Mardi Gras, jazz and the beignet.

MONDAY, MAY 20

7:00 - 9:30 PM

In the Solution Center (Grand Ballroom)

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Tonight will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Meet in the hotel lobby and Porte Cochere to get ready for the Cognizant Mardi Gras parade. You won’t be watching, you will be in it along with the Grand Marshall, brass bands, revelers, etc. Wear your Mardi Gras colors, purple, green and gold and comfortable walking shoes. We will provide you with beads to wear. Step off is promptly at 5:30 pm so please be on time.


From there, its anyone’s guess, but you will not want to miss it. As they say in New Orleans, LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER…LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

5:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Learn more about the Big Easy! Join us for optional activities on Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon. You may sign up for these activities as you register for the conference. All activities include transportation. Remember, since all Wednesday activities run at the same time, you can choose just one.

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Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans features a 18-hole Championship layout with picturesque views of the city. The course winds through several canals and bayous and guarantees you won’t have to look far to find one of many species of reptiles and waterfowl that make their home in this region. Sign up to golf when you register.

MONDAY, MAY 20

8:00 AM - Departure from the hotel lobby 

9:00 AM - Shotgun

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Join us for an incredible journey into the mysterious swamps and bayous of southern Louisiana. On the swamp boat tour, you will be introduced to the interesting history of our Louisiana wetlands and the rich Cajun heritage of the people who inhabit this region.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

1:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Departs from the hotel lobby (Porte Cochere)

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The tour begins in the area where the French founded New Orleans almost 300 years ago: the historic and charming French Quarter.  At Jackson Square in the heart of French Quarter, site of St. Louis Cathedral, you will see famous landmarks and learn the fascinating history. Visit the historic St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery, and more.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Departs from the hotel lobby (Porte Cochere)

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One of the best New Orleans chefs will teach you the techniques and secrets that get to the very soul of Cajun and Creole cooking. (Rule #1 – first you make a roux!) You will learn the differences in the various styles of cooking in Louisiana and receive copies of recipes to take home with you to dazzle family and friends with your newfound culinary skills.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

1:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Departs from the hotel lobby (Porte Cochere)

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