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Bayou Boogaloo: New Orleans’ Food, Family and Fun Festival!

Bayou Boogaloo
The bayou comes alive with music, food, and culture during the Bayou Boogaloo festival in Mid-City May 15 -17, 2020. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

It’s the time of year in New Orleans for one of my favorite festivals housed on the beautiful banks of Bayou St. John, the Bayou Boogaloo fest.  The peaceful scenery of the relaxing water on any given day is worth the trip, so it is only right that this gorgeous location be home to a festival. Friday, May 20, 2011 through Sunday May 22, 2011 you will get a chance to relax with food, music and art along this mid-city bayou.

Bayou Boogaloo (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

The music in New Orleans just never stops, and this year’s Bayou Boogaloo is no exception!  The lineup boasts a little something for everyone — featuring bands that are sure to entice you to dance! On Friday, you can see one of my local favorites Cyril Neville’s Tribe 13. Maybe if we are lucky they will play “Chili in the Gumbo,” which will keep you dancing and make you hungry for more festival food!

On Saturday, get ready to move your body with New Orleans-based rapper DJ Jubilee as he gives you an afternoon dance workout. I look forward to the possibility of DJ Jubilee performing the Bounce classic “Get It Ready, Ready.” Also performing Saturday are Flow Tribe, all female band Pinettes Brass Band, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, Los PoBoy Citos and more!

Wrap up your weekend on Sunday with The Revivalists, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Leah Chase, and others . And it is only right that Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters close out the show with some magical sounds from his rub board.

Accompanying the great music of this New Orleans festival favorite is the unforgettable food! Crawfish and spinach boat from Saltwater Grill, corn and crabmeat bisque from Vincent’s Italian Cuisine and salted caramel from Meltdown Popsicles are just a few of the delicious food choices! Some other great restaurants to check out at the festival are Lazaro’s Pizza and Deli, Katie’s Restaurant, Bozwells Jamaican Cuisine, Brocato’s Eat Dat, and Boucherie. While you’re strolling down the bayou enjoying the delicious New Orleans cuisine, don’t forget to check out the great local artists exhibiting and selling their creations.

Make sure to mark your calendars and get out to Bayou Boogaloo to indulge in this amazing festival on the Bayou.

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