Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

We walked up into the French Quarter on Halloween night to experience one of the best parties New Orleans throws all year long. The infamous Jim Monaghan Halloween Parade. Mr Jim is a legend in New Orleans having moved here back in the 60s when New Orleans was a free-spirited Bohemian joint where you could rent a decent house for a hundred bucks, smoke in the bars, and not have to worry about cameras taking pictures of you as you rolled through the red lights on your way back home.

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Things change.

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

In 1969, Ohio-native Monaghan took some saved-up money and opened a bakery on Royal Street called Monaghan’s Patio Royal (621 Royal St.) That concern was short-lived, and after shuttering the bakeshop, Jim landed on his feet and opened Molly’s On Toulouse. He would go on to open, own, and close some 30 bars in his lifetime. Nearly all of them in the French Quarter.

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

But he really made his name with Molly’s At The Market which opened in 1974. We got a late start hanging out at Molly’s, not venturing in until the 80s but it’s always been one of our favorite hangouts. The crowd ranges from stumble-drunk tourists to tatterdemalion skatepunks to just plain old neighborhood folks.

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

You could be in Belgrade, Kansas City or Macon; it’s the kind of place where you grab a newspaper, kick back with a boozy iced coffee and watch the world roll in.

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Here are a few pictures we took on Halloween 2016 night:

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly's At The Market Halloween 2016

Molly’s At The Market Halloween 2016

Jim Monaghan died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001

39 page pdf file interview with Trey Monaghan is here.

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