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Cultural Celebrations in New Orleans

New Orleans Cultural Events

New Orleans is a city of habits that, over time, evolve into venerable traditions. From brass band jams beneath Claiborne Avenue overpasses to a Poland Avenue gathering for Dia de los Muertos, the city is full of rituals that celebrate its unique culture.

During White Linen Night in August, connect to the local culinary roots of collard greens, sweet potato pie and black-eyed peas at the Soul Food Festival. Then attend live musical performances, dance and expressive arts events.

French Quarter Festival

Whether you want to sample local restaurants or simply enjoy the music and street life, the French Quarter Festival offers something for everyone. You can catch live performances on more than 20 stages across the city’s historic heart, and there are no tickets required for entry to the live music venues.

The festival features a wide variety of genres, from traditional and modern jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, cabaret, and world music. In addition to the music, you can also enjoy second-line parades and family events.

The event is produced by the French Quarter Festivals, Inc., with the help of over 1,500 community volunteers. It is funded by sponsors, merchandise sales, and vendor fees. The annual Gala is also an important source of funding.

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

A celebration of the music, dance, and traditions of enslaved Africans, the free Congo Square Rhythms Festival takes place in the corner of Louis Armstrong Park where enslaved people would gather on Sunday afternoons to dance and drum. Some believe this spot is where jazz originated.

The rhythms of the Congo Square influenced later generations, including musicians such as Johnny Wiggs, whose song “Congo Square” is about this historic area. Also, the rhythms of the square can be heard in the habanera beat of Cuba and dance-and-drum music from other Caribbean countries.

In addition to the mesmerizing musical performances, the festival features a soul food court and arts market. And children can participate in the Kid’s Tent with a giant set of PlayBuild’s over-sized Imagination Blocks.

Mardi Gras Indians

A distinctly African American tradition, the Mardi Gras Indians have paraded through the streets of New Orleans during Carnival season since the late 1800s. The tribes create beaded, bejeweled outfits that incorporate elements of Native American and African heritage. They also carry flags, trophies and drums. The tradition is believed to have developed in part as a way for Black New Orleanians to pay homage to area Native Americans who assisted runaway slaves and Africans living in the wilderness.

In the past, rival tribes would compete with one another at a spot called the battlefield, and violent confrontations often ensued. This has since shifted, in large part due to the efforts of musicians like Monk Boudreaux and Bo Dollis, who redirected their music away from acoustic chanting and hand percussion and toward pageantry.

Zydeco Festival

The festival features zydeco music and dance, and honors the tradition of this unique genre. Zydeco is a style of music that originated in the swampy bayou landscapes of southwest Louisiana and east Texas. Its intricate history and colorful traditions make it distinct from other types of music.

Some zydeco musicians have sought wider audiences by incorporating rock and soul influences, while others remain faithful to the genre’s roots. The genre is also gaining popularity in other parts of the country.

The festival is named after legendary zydeco musician Clifton Chenier, and his son, the Red Hot Louisiana Band’s frontman, C. J. Chenier, has continued to carry the torch for his father’s musical legacy. The event has raised money for TRAIL, Evangeline Area Boy Scouts and the University of Lafayette as well as for cancer research through Souffles D’Espoir.

Soul Food Festival

The Soul Food Festival features African-American inspired soul food, music and dance. It is held in Boise, Idaho and showcases Black culture to promote social justice, community engagement and economic development. In addition to food and music, the event also features workshops and demonstrations to educate the public about African history, traditional dances, hair care and other topics.

The family-friendly festival celebrates the city’s diverse cultures with a Vendor’s Village and soul food cooking contest. Its three stages feature blues, soul and R&B music and performances by artists such as Henry Turner Jr., Flavor and the Listening Room All-stars, Kelton ‘Nspire Harper, Bryan Keith & Zydeco Legacy and Shemekia Copeland.

The festival is free to the general public and includes a Kids Zone, with carnival fare available for purchase. A variety of small business vendors will be on hand selling trendy clothing and accessories.

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