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Celebrate Caribbean Culture at Bayou Bacchanal

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The Caribbean and New Orleans have long had ties to each other. Of course both know how to throw a celebration complete with costumes, parades, and delicious food. And from November 2-3, the sights and sounds of the Caribbean will fill Crescent Park. Bayou Bacchanal, presented by the Caribbean cultural group Friends of Culture, brings us the vibrant festival in its 16th year.

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The festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 2 with a late-night dance party at Rendez-Vous Creole Restaurant at 11 p.m. Dance the night away while enjoying live sets from DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance here and $12 at the door.

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Head downtown on Saturday, Nov. 3 for the Bayou Bacchanal Parade. The parade will begin assembling at 11 a.m. before rolling at noon from Harrah’s on Canal Street, making its way through the French Quarter to its final destination at Crescent Park where the celebration will continue with Caribbean cuisine, music, and more. Then, from 2-11 p.m., several Dancehall, Soca, and Reggae performers will take the stage. Tickets to Bayou Bacchanal are $15 in advance here and $20 at the gate. Be sure to come in costume to enjoy the festival to the fullest extent.

Before calling it a night, check out the Bayou Bacchanal Post Party at Island Flavor Bar and Grill for more food, music, and dancing starting at 11 p.m. Admission is $12 (you can purchase tickets here). Close out the festival weekend with this grand finale celebration!

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