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Oyster Fest 2014 Explored

The New Orleans festival season rages on, and this weekend celebrates a seafood delicacy that can be cooked up more than a dozen ways. This Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1, Woldenberg Park will harbor mollusk mavens for the fifth annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. NoDef got the inside scoop on this year’s celebration from Oyster Fest representative Jeffrey Ory.


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Oyster Fest 2013: Eat, Shuck, & Dance to Help La. Oyster Farmers After Big Oozy

The fourth annual Oyster Festival is on at the Riverfront this weekend, a shucking celebration of The Boot’s most prized natural resource. The festival is free, but all profits will directly benefit those in the oyster industry in southeastern Louisiana.

Today's Events: 4/27/11

April 27th, a day to remember. Trumpeter Al "Jumbo" Hirt, a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer who died on this day in 1999 at the age of 77. Born and raised in New Orleans, Hirt’s father was a police officer, an officer who handed his son a trumpet at the age of six, only to change his life, as well as the world’s. Hirt was playing professionally before college, until moving to Ohio to study at the Cinciniatti Conservatory of Music. Ten years (and a whole lot of swing dancing) later, the trumpeter returned home to lead Dixieland groups, win a Grammy, record the theme song for "The Green Hornet," open his own club on Rue Bourbon, and manage to get injured while performing on a float during Mardi Gras in 1970. Hirt is buried in Metarie Cemetary.

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