The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and the Downtown Development District have partnered to celebrate New Orleans’ authentic urban culture in the heart of Downtown. The event will kick off Thursday, May 16 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in Duncan Plaza, adjacent to City Hall.
The inaugural event will highlight the culture of New Orleans’ brass bands and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with a “brass-off,” “101 Instruction,” and dance demonstrations. FREEDOM’S DANCE: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans, written by Karen Celestan and photographed by Eric Waters, is a first-of-its-kind literary exploration, offering a complete look at the Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade culture in New Orleans, will be available for purchase.
“This partnership is the perfect marriage of two organizations whose focus is to celebrate New Orleans’ indigenous and authentic culture,” Essence Banks, Executive Director NOMTN 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.”