BBQ, blues and andouille being served this weekend

Check out metro area activities

Don Ames
October 18, 2019 - 5:38 am

Parade lovers got an early scare Saturday out of the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade.

The city announced early Saturday that the event had been canceled, due to the scheduled demolition of the two cranes over the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. Producer Brian Kern expressed deep disappointment at the cancellation after he said the city had turned down his plea to roll Sunday.

However, just after noon Sunday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the Hard Rock demolition operation had been moved to Sunday and the parade could proceed. 

The annual parade Saturday rolled as scheduled at 6:30 on a shorter route, due to the planned demolition efforts.

Check out the video above to see what parade-goers enjoyed.

There are plenty of other events to fill out your weekend fun.

The award-winning Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Lafayette Square Park is underway through Sunday.

The 14th annual event is one of four free festivals presented each year by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Spokeswoman Kia Robinson says the festival definitely lives up to its name.

"Lots of barbecue, brisket, ribs, barbecue chicken, barbecue burgers and all the side that go with it. We've got dessert vendors, too."

And, as for the blues...

"We've got the Allman-Betts Band, Tab Benoit,  Little Freddie King, R&B “swing” singer Tucka, slide guitar maestro Sonny Landreth, and soul belter Erica Falls. It's a great lineup this year," says Robinson.

The annual Andouille Festival also runs through Sunday in St. John the Baptist Parish. The 46th annual event includes a 5K run, an art tent for the kids, and a gospel tent on Sunday.

Also, this weekend...

Our Lady of Lourdes Violet Oyster Festival
There are fried oysters, oysters on the half-shell, grilled oysters, fried seafood plates, po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya and other foods, amusement rides, games, raffles and contests. There's also live music
by Contraflow, No Idea, Junior Lacross and Sumtin' Sneaky and others.
6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday. $3.

Praise Fest
This festival on Bayou St. John was created in order to provide a meeting point for a weekend of Gospel music. The festival boasts more than 5000 visitors over the course of the three day festival. If you’re for Gospel music with a little soul food and family fun on the side, this is the place to be.

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