Big Easy Bingo Field Trips & Tours is a
cultural curriculum project that
develops and coordinates meaningful and engaging school field trips and funds them through group tours.
Curated experiences with a custom Bingo card is the signature of Big Easy Bingo.
Fun and games is our way of connecting
school kids and participants with
New Orleans culture, history, and people.
Every Big Easy Bingo happening includes cultural ambassadors, historians, culture bearers or other characters with character.
Group Tours fund school field trips.
Each group tour of 25 funds a school field trip
of the same size.
Explore: local partners sponsor prizes that give students and guests the opportunity
to further connect with the
New Orleans community.
Carrie Hood grew up in New Orleans, attending public schools in Algiers, K-12. She received her BA and MBA at LSU. After a brief career in corporate finance, she joined the Peace Corps and eventually found her way to Sevilla, Spain where she worked on an international cultural event called Expo ’92. She came home to New Orleans in 1993, and began a 26-year career working for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Festival Productions, Inc., with jobs ranging from office operations to music production and management of the art and cultural presentations on the festival field. She has served on the Board of First Christian Church and volunteers her time teaching yoga at the Arabi location of Swan River Yoga and as a new member of NOLA Grannies.
Johniie DiBartalo grew up in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Walter S. Cohen Sr. High School and current Alumni Class President. He has enjoyed a long career as an Insurance Salesman and still resides in New Orleans with his wife of 50 years. Johnnie's personal history is an awesome opportunity to share with young people as he was one of the first blacks hired on Canal Street in the late 1960's.
Heather Canon lives with her family in Uptown New Orleans and has been a part of the tourism industry in New Orleans since 2000. As a mother of two school age children, she is excited about combining her interest in sustainable tourism with this public school cultural curriculum. Heather is currently an integral member of Dickie Brennan & Co. and volunteers as a Scout Leader in addition to her commitment to developing and growing Big Easy Bingo!
Chris Windon is a lifelong New Orleanian. He has worked in the New Orleans Public School System for over a decade currently as the new Director of finance and Operations at Sophie B. Wright High School. Chris attended school and is
a dedicated father and community member.