2017 Bayou Boogaloo THIS WEEKEND on Beautiful Bayou St. John

by Charlie London | |


Pride is a critical factor in the improvement of any community. Music can make a major contribution to health and well-being and festival attendance can create a sense of community and common purpose.

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 May 19, 20, 21, 2017.  The Bayou Boogaloo is more than just a music festival, it’s a community building coalition!


This Friday, May 19 at 5 pm on Bayou St. John

This Friday, May 19 at 6 pm on Bayou St. John

This Saturday, May 20 at 5 pm on Bayou St. John

This Saturday, May 20 at 7 pm on Bayou St. John

This Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm on Bayou St. John




Most importantly, be safe, drink responsibly, and have fun. Other than that, The Bayou Boogaloo has a few housekeeping rules:
NO Weapons of any kind (Seriously)
NO Drugs (The City’s laws and State’s laws regarding marijuana are still conflicting. Be smart.)
NO Outside Food or Drink (Our vendors are important partners)
NO Coolers, Chests, Packs, or Sacks (You get the picture)
NO Parking on the Grass (You will be towed)
NO Tents, Large Canvasses, or Tarps (They block the view and take up space)
DON’T Trash Bayou Saint John (Respect the natural resources)
Children Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Please respect our neighbors and neighboring businesses by parking in designated areas.
Be conscious of the bayou. Keep your kids close by.

Is it safe to swim in the bayou?
Other than the occasional alligator, Bayou St. John has sadly taken on many sunken vehicles and other sharp, dangerous debris.
If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, some people developed a gnarly staph infection after a plunge.
Getting in the bayou is discouraged.

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Charlie London
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