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Bayou Boogaloo Returns This Weekend



Mid City has its own personality and accordingly its own festival. The Bayou Boogaloo, a.k.a. The Little Fest That Could, will be returning this weekend. The banks of the Bayou St. John will once again be lined with tents and stages for one of the city’s best events.

 

After some early concerns about the weather, it looks like the Bayou Boogaloo will be gifted perfect fest conditions. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting temperatures in the mid 80’s all weekend. The forecast calls for some clouds slowly turning into clear, blue skies as the fest progresses.

 

On Friday (5.20) night, reggae legends The Wailers and local legend Lynn Drury headline. On Saturday (5.21), the music heats up with appearances by Irma Thomas, Gravity, Lowrider, and Mason Ruffner. Anders Osborne, Motel Radio, C.C. Adcock, and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers will all take the stage to close out the fun on Sunday (5.22). Check out the full schedule here.

 

Like Mid-City, the Boogaloo is a family friendly event. There will be plenty for the young ‘uns at the Kids’ Stage. Nairobi Youth Ensemble, storytelling, a music workshop, and the Trombone Shorty Foundation all made the lineup.

 

On Saturday (5.21), the extracurriculars kick off in earnest. The music may be center stage—literally—but there is plenty more to the weekend such as races, pub crawls, craft, and food.

 

The Paddle Battle is a natural fit for the waterside fest. At 9:30a.m., kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes will compete in a 7.5 mile race. The route runs roughly from Dumaine Street to Robert E. Lee Boulevard and back. At 10:30a.m., a 500 meter race takes paddlers from Lafitte Street to Orleans Avenue and back.

 

The Boogaloo has always prided themselves on being a particularly eco-friendly fest. In addition to their low waste philosophy, organizers also encourage locals to come out for 8a.m. cleanups on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (5.23). To join in the effort, one need only show up at the Orleans Avenue Bridge. Gloves, grabbers, and bags will be provided. If you’re up for taking your trash collecting to the, er, seas, the crew will lend you a kayak to help collect floating trash.

 

Another part of saving the earth involves reducing carbon emissions. And, another part of New Orleans is a love for local bars. the two collide in the traditional Bicycle Pub Crawl. The yearly event begins at the Bicentennial Monument (127 Elk Place) at 8:45a.m. on Saturday. For the next, five hours, a caravan of cyclists pedaling at a leisure place will travel to drinking destinations including Happy’s, the Zulu clubhouse, Avery’s, the Broad Theater, and the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar. The event ends at the Fest just in time for the music.

 

For lagniappe, there will be pop-up hoop lessons and “epic bubble making” throughout the weekend.

 

All the feting can make one hungry. So, over 30 booths will be unhand to fill appetites. NoDef is looking forward to Boucherie’s watermelons gazpacho and cracklins, as well as the always popular Drunken Pig Cone from Food Drunk NOLA.

Nearly 100 crafts vendors will be on site with the fruits of their creativity. The offerings range from picture frames to clothes to candles and windchimes. There will even be locally made pickles. For a complete list of vendors click here.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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