Since the beginning, the Bayou Boogaloo, held on the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans during May, has had a mission to give back to the community. The first Bayou Boogaloo in 2006 was a healing effort for the community. Many folks were still rebuilding their lives and their houses after “the storm”. The Bayou Boogaloo was a welcome respite from the daily grind. It provided much needed fun for both adults and children.
One of the often forgotten aspects of the Bayou Boogaloo is its emphasis on zero impact on the environment. I’ve personally witnessed the meticulous cleanup after the event. One would never know the music festival ever took place because the area is left as clean or cleaner than it was before the event.
The Bayou Boogaloo has promoted solar energy, recycling and encouraged folks to consider the environment. The Bayou Boogaloo has led by example. Several huge oak trees have been planted along the banks of Bayou St. John leaving a lasting positive impact on the environment and the community.
The Bayou Boogaloo gives back in other ways too! The event helps neighborhood organizations raise funds for their operations, has helped build playgrounds, has supported community sports initiatives, helped plant native habitat-building and erosion-preventing marsh grasses, and replaced trees lost during hurricanes.
The City even recognized the Bayou Boogaloo’s founder, Jared Zeller, with a proclamation for promoting an economically and environmentally sustainable event.
Join the Bayou Boogaloo Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 19, 20, and 21. The Bayou Boogaloo is more than just a music festival, it’s a community building coalition!
More info at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/
Article below courtesy neworleansonline.com
Off the beaten path but comfortably situated in one of the most scenic sections of New Orleans, Bayou St. John was once the city’s “back door.” Until the early 20th century boaters could travel to within a mile of the business section of New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and take public transportation the rest of the way in.
The bayou is now cut off from the lake but the present-day waterway is still ideal for small non-motorized boats, rubber rafts, canoes and kayaks and it’s also a great place to have a party. That’s what happens every year in late May when the Bayou Boogaloo comes to the shore of Bayou St. John in the Mid-City neighborhood of the Crescent City.
Like most other New Orleans festivals, Bayou Boogaloo features music, food, arts and handicrafts and other sensory delights. It goes on for three days and stages are set up in several widely separated locations so the music on one stage doesn’t clash with another. Fest-goers can leisurely stroll about, grab some great New Orleans signature food items and a cold drink and go sit by the waterside and enjoy it, along with the music of some of the city’s top bands. A separate section of the festival site, on the neutral ground (median) of Jefferson Davis Parkway is designated for craft booths where talented artists and artisans display and sell their works.
The entire festival is free and open to the public. Large portions of the proceeds from sales at the festival go toward charitable organizations and events.