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Today in NOLA 5.1.17

The days between Jazz Fest weekends is filled with plenty of events to keep locals and tourists alike entertained. The Carver will host the Treme favorite, Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues, while WWOZ hosts their 29th annual Piano Night. A May Day protest will take place in the early afternoon in Armstrong Park. CNN hosts a special screening and conversation about the musical influences during Hurricane Katrina era New Orleans. Happy 40th birthday to Tim McGraw, born in Delhi, Louisiana, on May 1, 1967.

Today in NOLA 3.18.17

Today, New Orleanians are in the thick of it — between St. Patrick's Day yesterday and St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday tomorrow, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. NoDef has made it easy, sharing the coolest events around town today. The New World Rhythms Fest is back in Armstrong Park, while liberal-leaning political comedian Bill Maher will return to the Saenger stage. John Waters brings his Filthier and Dirtier tour to the Joy. John Boutte is doing his thing at d.b.a., and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will perform with The Felice Brothers at the Civic Theatre. On this day in 1687, LaSalle was assassinated by his own men. Now, more this Saturday. 

New World Rhythms Fest Back This Weekend

Between St. Patrick's Day, St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday festivities, this weekend is packed with things to do around the city. If you're looking for a worldly experience without having to leave the French Quarter, venture to Louis Armstrong Park for the tenth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. The two-day free fest (3.18-3.19) is a celebration of the African diaspora and spotlights NOLA's famous Mardi Gras Indians, with a "battle" between three local tribes. 

Today in NOLA: 8.27.14

Good morning! Today, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians observe the spiritual ceremony of White Buffalo Day in Congo Square, now known as Louis Armstrong Park. SNL’s Cecily Strong welcomes Tulane students back to campus. Plus: all-girl punk rock tonight. Check out what's on deck for Wednesday:

Cajun Zydeco Festival Set For Louis Armstrong Park Debut

by Elizabeth Davas

New Orleans' mid-June Fais Do-Do is moving closer to Congo Square. The eight annual Lousiana Cajun Zydeco Festival is set to twirl into Louis Armstrong Park on June 14 and 15.

Treme Creole Gumbo Fest to Offer Vegan Options

by Sam Nelson 

Gumbo is one of New Orleans’ most traditional dishes, but this year an organization that champions preservation is challenging some of our best chefs to innovate gumbo with a new, healthy twist.

Beat on the Baraat: Bhangra Funk, New Orleans AfroCuban Highlight Congo Square Fest

by Elaina Patton

The newly reopened Louis Armstrong Park will be host to the 6th annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival on this Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Alongside local musicians, two Brooklyn based performance groups—the electrifying, bhangra funk band Red Baarat and percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez—will be headlining the festival.

Today in New Orleans: 8.3.12

Today, Satchmo Summer Festival celebrates Armstrong’s birthday with a ceremony in the park and lectures, and free Friday concerts continue at Tipitina’s and Mardi Gras World. On this day in history, Louisiana hayride producer and emcee Horace Logan was born (1916), Cajun musician August Broussard was born in Westlake, LA (1946), and drummer Hamid Drake was born in Monroe (1955). Now for today's happenings:

Jazz in the Park Reawakens Armstrong

With a bunch of new DVDs putting Treme back in the news today, it's worth remembering that music and life in the 6th Ward goes on even when the cameras aren't rolling. One of the more noticeable signs of life in the neighborhood happened when the gates of Armstrong Park were thrown back open to the public. With the park that houses Congo Square finally available for enjoyment after so many years of neglect, the community has been using the park on Thursdays this spring for a little outdoor food and music.

Homecoming Project Second Line Rolls Through Treme Today

Louis Armstrong Park is open once again, so why not use it? That's the attitude of Junebug Productions' Homecoming Project, which kicks off today with a second line from Congo Square into the streets of Treme for a second line this afternoon. The Hot 8 Brass Band will lead the parade, which runs from noon-3 p.m., and ends at the African American Museum. At the Museum, a community health and resource fair will be available to all comers. The focus of the Project is the things that make New Orleans home, and it doesn't get much more New Orleans than parading through the streets.

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