NOLA Zydeco Festival will bring sounds and flavors of Acadian Creole to Crescent Park

The NOLA Zydeco Festival will bring the sounds and flavors of Acadiana to Crescent Park on Saturday, March 26. This free, family-friendly event will not only feature live bands and musical acts, but will also offer zydeco dance lessons, as well as access to delicious food vendors and unique merchandise. The festival entrance is located at the foot of Elysian Fields Avenue along the Mississippi River near the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

WWL-TV hosts Harold Guillory and Charisse Gibson will keep the energy going all day at NOLA Zydeco party with Zydeco dance teachers Arthur Corbin and friends. Zydeco bands and artists headlining the event this year include Chris Ardoin, Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush, Marcus Ardoin and Da Zydeco Legendz. All the groups will perform live on the main Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin stage.

“This event is filled with quality music and entertainment, accompanied by great local chefs and spring cocktails,” said Gabrielle Deculus, co-founder of the festival. “We are thrilled to partner with so many culture bearers and three New Orleans landmarks: the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and Crescent Park”

Co-founder Courtney Smith added, “We’ve been planning this for some time to honor our great-grandfather Alphonse ‘Bois Sec’ Ardoin and his Creole zydeco heritage, as well as all the families and friends who love to dance and sing, the gathering is important.


11:30 a.m. Welcome parade (doors open)

12 p.m. Marcus Ardoin and the legends of Zydeco

1:30 p.m. Zydeco dance class with Arthur Corbin and Imesha Semien-Jones

2:30 p.m. Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush

4:30 p.m. Zydeco dance class with Arthur Corbin and Imesha Semien-Jones

5 p.m. Brass Band and Flag Boy Doogie of the Wild Magnolia Tribe Mardi Gras Indians

5:30 p.m.Chris Ardoin

7:30 p.m. Closing

Festival-goers will enjoy a wide selection of food options, from boiled seafood, blood sausage and turkey legs to fresh fruit smoothies and snoballs. Suppliers include 504 Seafood, Gumbo Gouroux, Nola Cookie Company, Zydeco Snow, Elton’s BBQ and many more.

On Thursday, April 17, the NOLA Zydeco Festival will present a pre-party concert by Lil Nate at Culture Park, an outdoor lounge located at 3000 Franklin Avenue. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 9:30 p.m. Attendees can RSVP at [email protected].

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