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 1-2, 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 17th year.
The festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 1 with an All-White Affair at Cozie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Gretna. Expect music from DJ Lady Peppertree and DJ Desmond Peters from Wac Radio. Early bird tickets are $10 in advance (through October 18) and $15 at the door.
Head to Crescent Park on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the 17th Annual Bayou Bacchanal Carnival. The Carnival is a day-long celebration of Caribbean culture, featuring live music, food, and dancing. Fest-goers are encouraged to come dressed in traditional carnival attire. Throughout the Carnival, donations will be collected to benefit Hurricane Dorian victims in The Bahamas. Admission is $10 in advance (through October 18) or $15 at the door, and the festivities kick off at noon.
The party doesn’t end there – be sure to stick around for the Bayou Bacchanal After-Party at Rendez-Vous Haitian Creole Restaurant. There will be music by DJ Ray as well as food, drink, and more dancing. Tickets are $10 in advance (through October 18) or $15 at the door.