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Tchoupitoulas St., 8951042; tennis) 3. New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club (5353 Laurel St., 899-1574)

Tulane University (6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-5000; www.tulane. edu) — Tulane is the largest employer in New Orleans, and readers consistently think it’s the best. It’s easy to see why. Employees at the Uptown university campus and the medical facilities downtown enjoy competitive salaries and benefits packages, as well as a well-known perk: free tuition at the topnotch institution. 2. Ochsner Health Systems (1514 Jefferson Hwy., 842-4083; 3. Spa Reyna (5221 Magazine St., 899-4171)

Rex — Rex simply won’t be dethroned; readers picked it once again as their favorite parade during sunlight hours. This year’s theme, “Fables of Fire and Flame,” was particularly suited to the parade known for its glistening floats. And yearly fixtures like “Beouf Gras” and the toast at Gallier Hall prove that, like many things in New Orleans, some traditions never get old. 2. Zulu 3. Thoth

Best Carnival Night Parade

Muses — As its name indicates, this parade is truly inspired. The allfemale krewe never disappoints with its cheeky themes and floats, imaginative costumes and quality throws. The parade always attracts an excellent lineup of

marching groups, from the sassy Camel Toe Lady Steppers to the formidable St. Augustine High School marching band. It’s these qualities that make Muses a “shoe-in” for favorite year after year. 2. Bacchus 3. Endymion

Best Bike Path

City Park — Since New Orleans streets (and often, New Orleans drivers) don’t always allow for that 3 feet of space bikers are supposed to get, riding down a bike path provides a leisurely, safe trip with plenty of road to hug. Readers picked the 5-mile bike path that runs alongside the park to Lake Ponchartrain as their favorite spot for a ride. 2. Mississippi River levee (East Bank) 3. Audubon Park

Best Local Charity Event

Zoo-To-Do (www. www.auduboninstitute. org/ztd) — There’s plenty of charity events beckoning the seersucker set with silent auctions and hors d’oeuvres, but Zoo-To-Do should top every philanthropist’s list. The event that funds Audubon Zoo attractions features the usual gala fixtures, plus a luxury car raffle, live music and — most importantly — the opportunity to party on the zoo grounds. 2. A Child’s Wish (www. 3. American Cancer Society Hope Gala (

Best Nonprofit

Preservation Resource Center (923 Tchoupitoulas St., 5817032; — New Orleans’ historic homes and neighborhoods are part of what make New Orleans what it is. And although the city continues to

change, the Preservation Resource Center contributes to New Orleans’ rebuilding while honoring its architectural history. The group offers educational programming and resources for homeowners, prospective homeowners and low-income families interested in historic housing. 2. Bridge House (1160 Camp St., 522-2124; 3. American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge (2609 River Road, 219-2200;

Best Place for Continuing Education

Tulane University College (6823 St. Charles Ave., 125 Gibson Hall, 865-5555; www.tulane. edu/~uc) — Tulane’s continuing studies programs prove it’s never too late to go back to school. With campuses Uptown,

Best Community Role Model

Drew Brees — What can’t this man do? Not only has he achieved demigod status for his hand (or arm) in the Saints’ Super Bowl Victory, he’s The New York Times best-selling author of Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, lends aid to local causes through his Brees Dream Foundation and other charities — and he’s a family man with a kid who looks awfully cute wearing giant earphones. Not only is Brees good at what he does, he’s a good guy, too. page 57

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in Harahan and even in Mississippi, Tulane makes it convenient for busy professionals to earn preand post-baccalaureate certificates, associate and bachelors degrees, and master’s degrees in liberal arts and professional studies. The school has an open admissions policy, requiring only a high school diploma or GED, and it offers flexible schedules and competitive tuition rates. 2. The University of New Orleans (2000 Lakeshore Drive, 280-6000; 3. Delgado Community College (615 City Park Ave., 671-5012;


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