Who Dats rally for one battle and reenactors remember a battle of the past

Don Ames
January 11, 2019 - 6:40 am

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Folks in New Orleans will have a couple of battles on their minds this weekend. 

We've got a battle on the gridiron Sunday, and we remember a great battle victory in Chalmette.

Who Dats will get pumped for Sunday's game today at a big Saints Black & Gold Pep Rally. Fans will get hyped at the Hancock Whitney Center, that's the old One Shell Square downtown on Poydras. 

The rally takes place today from noon to 1p.m. 

"We invite all Saints fans to celebrate Black & Gold Friday," the team said in a news release. "There will be music, light refreshments as well as appearances from Roman Harper, Sir Saint, Saintsations. Be sure to come out for your chance to win BIG! We will be giving away tickets & field passes to Sunday’s game and autographed merchandise!"

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Meanwhile, New Orleans commemorates it's most famous battle today and tomorrow in St. Bernard. The government shutdown has caused the reenactment of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans to be moved to Torres Park this year.

"It's been a struggle to redo all the logistics," says Katherine Tommaseo, Director of Tourism for St. Bernard. "But the reenactors are stepping up to really make the 204th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans a successful one, or as best as we can, being that the Chalmette Battlefield is closed."

So, the cannon blasts from the battle will be staged at nearby Torres Park. "One of the reenactors actually has his own cannon. But a lot of these reenactors...that's their own items, their own muskets, their own tents," says Tommaseo.

And, she says the reenactments will be as genuine as ever. 

"We'll have about five different locations out at Torres Park for people to see living history demonstrations."

And, she says the government building has ample parking for visitors. 

"Everybody can basically park right there, get out their car, stroll through Torres Park and kind of step back in time the best we can without being on the battlefield."

The reenactments will be going on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow.

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