Friday, July 6, 2018

Private Party at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

I've been to a lot of aquariums all over the world, but this was the first party I've ever been to at an Aquarium. When I went to a conference in New Orleans, I ddin't have to plan a special trip to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas a few blocks away from the convention center, because that's where the conference's evening party was being held. I was so excited to attend this event as it would be a first in many ways:

  1. first time drinking alcohol (and being drunk) at an Aquarium
  2. first time entering an Aquarium after dark
  3. first time at an Aquarium when it's not open to the general public
  4. first time indulging in a buffet dinner at an Aquarium
  5. first time mingling with strangers, networking, and just generally hanging out at an Aquarium
The party began in a characteristic New Orleans fashion: which a high school band welcoming us at the entrance and free hard-liquor cocktails with gummy sharks. Gotta love New Orleans, one of the few cities in the U.S. where you can drink on the street. 

Once inside, I found the aquarium...a little tacky. Like holographic walls and fake plants tacky. But I was still so excited to be at my first aquarium party I didn't mind. 

The aquarium first leads you through a faux-rainforest, which would be nice if it actually had real plants, instead it was more of an elaborate display for the tanks. 

There is a cool tunnel though that made for some great photographs - and we were even greeted by a diver. 

Inside, I took some photos of fish and also of the party itself, which was another spectacle worth capturing. 

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