This year’s Bayou Boogaloo drew hundreds of people over a sweltering Saturday followed by a gloomy Sunday, but luckily the rain stayed away until late evening.
The Mothership Foundation, a local nonprofit that puts on the Bayou Boogaloo every year, is looking for some help.
The festival kickstarts Friday evening but volunteers are needed for setup and breakdown over the week. Setup shifts are available Monday through Thursday, with breakdown shifts early the next week. Shifts are three to four hours in length.
By Claire Byun
A slew of local schools showed off their skills to crowds at Jazz Fest on Thursday, ranging from Gospel choirs to circus acrobatics. Through the chilly wind and dark clouds, students wowed crowds with their talent and athleticism.
Performances from other schools are scheduled throughout the remainder of Jazz Fest. You can check the full festival schedule online.
By Claire Byun
At least two weekends every year, Fairgrounds residents have to commute in and out of police barriers, tourist traffic and street vendors during Jazz Fest. To lessen some of that burden, residents are given neighborhood access passes that allow them to park at – or at least near – their homes.
Some people have been selling those passes for profit, officials said.
First up, the Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs take the Gospel Tent at 11:20 a.m. The secondary school’s Gospel choir consists of approximately 55 students in the 9th through 12th grade and has performed at Jazz Fest for the last six years.
C’est la vie… at least for a week in New Orleans.
The 20th annual French Film Festival kickstarts Friday with 14 new feature length films, including Frantz, Personal Shopper and My Life as a Zucchini. One lucky filmmaker will also be awarded a $32,500 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant; the grant recipient will screen the film created with this funding at the 2018 French Film Festival.
Xanier University’s Jazz Ensemble will hit the stage Saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. The ensemble, which will play on the Lagniappe Stage, has toured the United States and South American countries while being recognized annually for its work toward preserving jazz.
Keeping with the educational performances, the McDonogh #35 High School gospel choir is slated to perform Thursday, May 4. The group’s innovation year after year make it a crowd favorite among Gospel lovers and those who appreciate fine choreography, and the ensemble’s biography on the Jazz Fest’s website touts the group’s charm.
Saturday’s rain and wind didn’t deter some folks from enjoying food, live music and local craft beer.
By Claire Byun
If you think you didn’t try enough versions of king cake this Mardi Gras season, don’t worry. A local man did the legwork – and recorded his results – for you.
Matt Haines tried 66 different King Cakes from 54 different eateries this year – for research purposes, obviously.