This summer, the City is inviting locals out for some good clean family fun at the upcoming community family festivals at Taylor, St. Roch and Norwood Thompson Parks this month. The fests are hosted by Fit NOLA Parks and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), and will feature the staples of free food, music, games and prizes.
The goal behind the Fit NOLA Parks program is to increase the use of neighborhood parks and and provide access to healthy foods in underserved areas, and these festivals aim to give a little nudge towards that goal. In partnership with the City Fit NOLA Initiative, Fit NOLA Parks offers family-friendly programming, free exercise activities for people of all ages and skill levels, and healthy concessions at the Taylor, St. Roch and Norwood Thompson Parks.
The Gert Town Community Family Fest:
Saturday, June 7
Norwood Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey St. NOLA 70125
The fest will kick off with a second line in the park led by Da Truth Brass Band, followed by entertainment from church choirs, NORDC piano students and DJ Captain Charles on the ones and twos. Come out for field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 basketball tourney and free healthy food options.
The St. Roch Family Fest:
Saturday, June 14
St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. NOLA 70117
The fest begins with a secondline in the park led by Wendell Brunious, followed by entertainment from DJ Wild Wayne, NORDC piano students and church choirs. Family fun will include field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free healthy food featuring produce by Market Umbrella, and senior dance fitness. The highlight of the day will surely be the celebrity basketball game at 4:30 which will bring together youth and city leaders for fun, fitness and hopefully copious amounts of dunking.
The Hoffman Triangle Family Fest:
Saturday, June 28
Taylor Park, 2600 S. Roman St. NOLA 70125
The event features DJ Captain Charles of Gert Town Community Family Fest fame, the NORDC Marching Band, field day games, Fit NOLA Parks activities, a 3-on-3 basketball tourney, senior dance fitness, and free healthy food options including produce by Market Umbrella.
Participants and sponsors include neighborhood churches, NORDC booster clubs, other local organizations, and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). For activity schedules and other information, visit www.nola.gov/health-department/fit-nola or call (504) 658-2500.