DOWNRIVER II: The Mighty Mississippi River Festival

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DOWNRIVER II: The Mighty Mississippi River Festival
September 13, 2014 9:00 am
September 13, 2014 6:00 pm
August 12, 2013

DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL II:  The Mighty Mississippi River Festival

New Orleans, LA Saturday September 13th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint and historic French Market
  • Celebrating the cultural, economic, environmental & inspirational impacts and contributions of the Mississippi River to the Crescent City.
  • Live music, lectures, food booths, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and theatrical presentations reflecting river influences, from Delta blues performers to Making a Jazz Gumbo presentations,
  • INCLUDING a “Coffee and Bananas” theme with coffee and banana vendors, demonstrations, and conversations hosted by Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Walking tours with Friends of the Cabildo highlighting the River’s stories and legacies, and more! 





Last year’s schedule of events from Sept 14, 2013:


Join us for fun indoor and outdoor river-related events at the French Market and Old U.S. Mint 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  Musical performances, a walking tour, cooking demonstration, lectures and two second lines!



9:00 a.m.  COMPLIMENTARY WALKING TOUR: The Mississippi’s influence and Inspirations.  Meet locally licensed tour guide James Geraghty at the fountain “where Dumaine meets the River” at Dumaine and Decatur Streets, near Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op in Dutch Alley (one block from Café du Monde). This 30 minute tour will offer insights on the River’s significance to the settlements in New Orleans, and how it continues to be part of our City’s commerce and experiences.  Stroll to Latrobe Park to learn about the City’s first waterworks,  and walk the French Market, envisioning it as it was, pre-floodwall! 

10:00 a.m.  GOOD MORNING, MISSISSIPPI RIVER! Second line from the entrance to the Riverfront at Dumaine with costumed characters depicting Mark Twain, crawfish, and more. This second line will get your juices flowing and get you ready to enjoy the day of demos, talks, and performances. It’s also a wonderful way to experience the River and the French Market District…by strolling to the sounds of the RIGHT ON BRASS BAND as we wind our way to the Old U.S. Mint.  FROM DUMAINE AND THE RIVER THROUGH FRENCH MARKET TO OLD U.S. MINT

 11:00 a.m.  “MAKING A JAZZ GUMBO” Music and food presentation with two musicians from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and representatives of the Houma Nation. Says Janie Luster, mother and grandmother to the two women who will be demonstrating this traditional Shrimp Filé Gumbo recipe: “Our Gumbo is different from the Cajun Gumbo because we do not make a roux….the way we do it is our traditional way of browning the onions…and the thickening agent is the filé.”  FARMERS MARKET STAGE, FRENCH  MARKET.  Free samples offered after the demo.

Indoors at the Mint 12 noon to 5 pm:

12:00 NOON “Mississippi River Images and Melodies” performance with Giselle Bonfaire, pianist & vocalist. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

1:00 p.m. “History of Riverboats and Commerce” lecture by “Doc” Hawley, riverboat captain. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

2:00-3:15 p.m. “Songs of the Mississippi River” featuring Meghan Schwartz, Beth Patterson, Richard Scott, Gina Forsyth, Joe Stolarick, Matt Hampsey, Bruce Barnes, and Giselle Bonfair. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

4:00-5:00 p.m. “Good for What Ails Ya: Yakamein, Menudo, Gumbo and Pho” panel discussion moderated by WWOZ 90.7 FM’s George Ingmire. Panelists include: Ms. Linda Green, AKA “The Yakamein Lady”, Daniel Esses, and Anne Churchill. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.


5:30-6:00 p.m. Mighty Mississippi Sacred Second line. Begins at Old U.S. Mint and ends at the River near Dumaine Street. The Sacred Second line will be led by Grayhawk Perkins, member of the Choctaw and Houma Nations, and also members of N’ Fungola Sibo African Drum & Dance Ensemble. Join Ranger Lee McDowell from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park as we gather at the Old U.S. Mint in the courtyard next to the French Market at 5:15 p.m. The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will make its way through the French Market and conclude at the river near Dumaine Street with a blessing of the river. STARTS AT OLD U.S. MINT, GOES THROUGH FRENCH MARKET TO END AT THE RIVER.







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