NOMTN and DDD Focused on New Orleans’ Urban Communities and Culture
The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) in collaboration with the Downtown Development District (DDD) have partnered to host a series of events that celebrate New Orleans’ authentic urban culture in the heart of Downtown. The third event took place Thursday, November 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Park.
The event highlighted the rich culture and history of New Orleans Masking Indian culture – featuring an Ambassador of New Orleans Masking Indian Culture, Chief Shaka Zulu hails as a leading figure in the New Orleans African American Carnival Traditions. A custom filled with splendor and mystery, the New Orleans Black Masking Indian (also known as Mardi Gras Indians) is a cultural phenomenon unique to New Orleans. Chief Shaka narrates through lectures, the storied history of the New Orleans Indian Culture while preserving the roots of this unique tradition.
“This partnership is the perfect marriage of two organizations whose focus is to celebrate New Orleans’ indigenous and authentic culture,” Essence Banks said. “It’s important that we appreciate, protect, and preserve our traditions year-round,” she added.
“We are excited to partner with NOMTN in this effort,” said DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle. “The culture of New Orleans drives our economy. We at the DDD recognize the importance of supporting, celebrating and nourishing the people and traditions that keep our city vibrant.”
The mission of NOMTN is to identify and promote the cultural diversity of New Orleans and to increase leadership, career, and business opportunities at all levels of the hospitality industry. We partner with local businesses and tourism entities to help keep the city we love in the hearts of travelers.
About Downtown Development District:
The DDD was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 as the nation’s first assessment-based business improvement district (BID) to provide enhanced services in economic development, cleaning and safety.
Check out images of the event below!