[Gustavo Escanelle, Where Y'at Staff]

Come Boogie at the Bayou Boogaloo this May

07:00 May 06, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Float Your Boat

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is a weekend of music, food, art, and community taking place right on Bayou St. John. The music festival will run May 17-19, with options for individual day tickets as well as full weekend passes.

The Bayou Boogaloo is a New Orleans festival well loved by locals. As is tradition, the Boogaloo will uniquely offer a water ticket option in addition to land. Festivalgoers will flock to the bayou with kayaks and large floaties to sit on the water and enjoy the music all day long. Water tickets for any individual day run for $15 and full weekend water passes are $39.50. Single day land tickets are $20 and weekend passes are $39.50.

Each day of the Boogaloo will offer a stacked lineup of musical performances by local favorites and musical talents. Day one offers Nik West, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and George Porter J. Day two is headlined by GZA and the Morning 40 Federation. Lastly, on day three, Lez Zepplin and Afroman will be rocking it out. A full list of performances is available on Bayou Boogaloo's website.

[Gustavo Escanelle, Where Y'at Staff]

In addition to the incredible musical performances, each day also offers a range of entertainment including standup comedy, drag performances, and more. May 17 will offer the iconic Lefty Lucy hosting burlesque bingo that is sure to be good time. The good times will continue rolling on May 18 with Minx burlesque and a Bayou Roast Battle hosted by Pickle. May 19 will close out the weekend with Eureeka's drag brunch, Comedy Beast, and Joshua Starkman's Variety Hour. All these and more are sure to make it a weekend of fun, laughter, and community connection.

Like any good New Orleans festival, Bayou Boogaloo will have an array of mouth-watering food vendors to snack on while enjoying the performances. This year's will include Bub's NOLA, a Mid-City favorite for affordable and satisfying burgers. Clesi's Seafood will also be there serving up their classic seafood dishes, perfect for enjoying on the water. Ajun Cajun will also be at the Boogaloo, offering their Cajun twists on Asian classics. Other local favorites at the fest will include Fritai, T-Swirl Crepes, Southerns, and more.

The Bayou Boogaloo is a beautifully community centered event and, like any good NOLA community event, art is also a key part of the weekend. Over 40 local art vendors will be setting up shop for festival goers to see all the talent NOLA has to offer and take home hand-made keepsakes. Some of the many local artists attending include Ficus Ceramica with their fruit themed pottery, Magnolia Studios with gorgeous stained glass, Gronola with their assorted pickled everything, and so many more.

[Gustavo Escanelle, Where Y'at Staff]

All in all, the Bayou Boogaloo is the perfect NOLA tradition and is sure to be a weekend of fun in the sun, great food, and community building. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a day or three on the bayou in the perfect May weather to celebrate all the culture and joy NOLA has to offer.

Fun Fact: For those who may not know, boogaloo (or more accurately, bugalú) has played a much larger role in history than merely as some fun alliteration in the festival title! Boogaloo is a Latin dance and music genre that grew out of mambo and cha cha, the genres that dominated New York City in the 1960s. Boogaloo is a fusion of African rhythm and blues, Cuban beats, and a combination of American influence and instrumentation.

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