LA VIE DE VILLE: Celebrating the spirits at ‘Voodoo on the Bayou’

For the past 24 years, the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association has produced one of its signature events, Voodoo on the Bayou.

The party was staged on the grounds of the historic Pitot House on the banks of scenic Bayou St. John.

Last weekend, the site was transformed to accommodate the anticipated 400-plus costumed supporters of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Nearly two dozen local restaurants were charged with the task of feeding the revelers and not one, but two bands were on tap to entertain.

First up on the stage was the group Lips and the Trips who warmed up the crowd, followed by Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes who closed the night out.

The mostly local crowd embraced the night’s theme with a colorful costume display that reflected the artistic flair that is characteristic of Faubourg St. John residents. In fact, much of the artwork up for bids in the silent auction was provided by artists who live and work within the neighborhood.

“We’re hoping to generate between $6,000 to $8,000 from tonight’s event,” said FSJNA’s President Michael Cohn. “Much of the proceeds will be dedicated towards improving and maintaining the quality of life for the residents of Faubourg St. John.” Specifically, improvements to the Desmare Playground on Esplanade Avenue, the Dumaine Street Bridge and the historic Magnolia Footbridge are all projects that will share in the revenue generated from this fundraising effort.

Faubourg St. John was established as a neighborhood in 1708. Today, more than 4,000 residents call it home. Within the 75-block area that defines the area, you’ll discover a diverse selection of New Orleans restaurants, historic architecture, abundant green space, and an easy pace to enjoy local culture.

If you missed Voodoo on the Bayou this year, make sure to plan to experience it next year. For more information on the Faubourg St. John neighborhood and all of the wonderful events that the association produces throughout the year, visit

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

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by Conrad Abadie of the 24th Annual VOODOO ON THE BAYOU



Angelo Brocato Italian Desserts will provide MINI CANOLI and ITALIAN COOKIES
Aunt Sally’s will provide PRALINETTES.
Cafe Degas will provide POULET BASQUAISE
Commander’s Palace will provide GRILLADES and GRITS
Deutsches Haus will provide BRATWURST and KRAUT
Fairgrinds will provide COFFEE
Fair Grounds will provide JAMBALAYA
Fellini’s Cafe will provide HUMMUS and PITA BREAD
Lola’s will provide PAELLA (vegetarian and seafood)
Mona’s will provide DOLMAS (vegetarian and meat)
Nonna Mia will provide DIVINE PORTABELLA
Ralph’s on the Park will provide SESAME SEARED TUNA with GINGER CHILI SOY SAUCE
Ruby Slipper will provide BREAD PUDDING
New Orleans Tomato Company will provide TOMATO BASIL SOUP
Santa Fe will provide SALPICON de MARISCOS (tortilla soup) and SEAFOOD SALAD with ORGANIC GREENS
Terranova’s will provide ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Toups Meatery will provide CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO

voodoo-headVoodoo on the Bayou
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 8:30pm
1440 Moss St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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