On Saturday, September 14, 2013, the French Market will host the inaugural Currents: The Mighty Mississippi Downriver Festival. The event, celebrating the waterway’s immense contributions to our city’s culture and economy, will feature inspiring lectures, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and more. With a range of entertaining, as well as educational, programs planned, the festival will offer something fun for every member of the family.
At 9 a.m., Licensed Tour Guide James Geraghty will kick off the day with an informative and free French Quarter walking tour. Starting in front of the Dutch Alley Artist Co-Op at 912 N. Peters Street, the winding stroll will focus on the intriguing history of “The Mississippi’s Influence and Inspirations”.
Bookended by festive secondline parades (at 10a.m. and 5:30p.m.), the festival’s other presentations will be held across two staging areas, one at French Market Farmers Market and the other in the Old U.S. Mint.
At the outdoor venue, members of the Houma Nation will demonstrate the cooking of a traditional gumbo, as their preparation is accompanied by a live jazz performance. Meanwhile, on the third floor of the Mint, attendees will enjoy additional Mississippi-inspired music, a special presentation by riverboat captain “Doc” Howley, and a panel discussion on New Orleans’ food (as led by WWOZ‘s George Ingmire).
The French Market Corporation is a public benefits corporation, sharing a portion of its annual revenues with the City of New Orleans. Encompassing Jackson Square, the Upper Pontalba apartments, extensive Decatur Street retail space, the Flea Market, and more, the organization not only serves to preserve an important piece of New Orleans’ history, but is also dedicated to our community’s ongoing economic and cultural growth.
In the spirit of Mark Twain, come celebrate the amazing and mighty Mississippi in true New Orleans style. With food, music, and more, the French Market’s Currents Festival is sure to be a crowd pleaser in 2013, and for many years to come.
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The French Market
1008 North Peters Street, #3
New Orleans, LA 70116
TICKETS: Admission is free.