New Orleans is at the forefront…

…of another trend, but this is one that we pretend doesn’t exist: as the recipient of the effects of climate change. Yesterday the city of New Orleans had another of those weather events that never used to happen. Dangerous winds, flash flooding and sideways rain swamping the city within a few hours, destroying the preparations for a festival about to open its doors in the Mid City area of town. This is how my pal, legendary hatmaker Tracy Thomson of Kabuki Hats described what happened there:

It happened about an hour before the Fest was scheduled to begin; we had just started setting out inventory when the winds picked up. We both were in the tent trying to hold it down, during a frightening half hour when we heard screams and wails and crashes. At one point our side walls unzipped with the force of the wind; I peeped out and it looked like our tent was the only one left standing. After what seemed an eternity I was looking right at andy as he was holding down the tent when the wind lifted him right off the ground and he and tent went flying. Nothing left but a mangled mess was left, the same all around us.

Monitoring Twitter and FB throughout, I felt the fear and stress from those stuck at that venue as well as from dozens of other spots as people sat in their cars with water rising and smartphone battery draining, saw trees topple around them or looked out a restaurant window, unsure if it was safe to head home. I had water rising in my courtyard and even noticed it creeping over the front curb close to the doors of the businesses here in the highest point of the city. That level of rain had only happened a few times before in my almost 40-years of monitoring the Quarter.

The weather lady of New Orleans, Margaret Orr was on the air for the entire storm, doing her best to analyze the evolving situation (her awe and excitement over the number of lightning strikes during a storm is one of her charming quirks) while calming folks down. As usual, she was exactly right when she talked about the reason this is happening: extreme heat in the region, more moisture in the air and less land between us and the Gulf of Mexico.

Unfortunately, most New Orleanians didn’t hear that. They only want to talk about one thing- how the “pumps clearly weren’t working.” That narrative is of course based on the recent history of finding out during the LAST flash flood in 2017, SWB had many pumps offline or without personnel and that much of the power supply was offline too. We only found that out after first they lied and said just about everything had been working. So I get it; we got snookered, but even in 2017 what was missing in most people’s analysis is that the city would STILL have flooded based on the amount of rain; it would just have drained hours earlier.

So this time the truth was once again wrapped in a little hysteria, with a big helping of what author-activist Rebecca Solnit calls naïve cynicism brilliantly described in this passage:

If simplification means reducing things to their essentials, oversimplification tosses aside the essential as well. It is a relentless pursuit of certainty and clarity in a world that generally offers neither, a desire to shove nuances and complexities into clear-cut binaries. Naïve cynicism concerns me because it flattens out the past and the future, and because it reduces the motivation to participate in public life, public discourse, and even intelligent conversation that distinguishes shades of gray, ambiguities and ambivalences, uncertainties, unknowns, and opportunities. Instead, we conduct our conversations like wars, and the heavy artillery of grim confidence is the weapon many reach for.

Magazine Pacific Standard highlighted a recent study on how potential coastal flooding is being ignored especially by those who will lose the most:

But humans, apparently, are not all that rational. Despite clear evidence of rising global temperatures, over a third of Americans don’t believe that climate change is happening, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Only 45 percent think that it will pose a serious threat in their lifetime.

Most significantly, if you live by the coast, you’re likely to be less—not more—worried about sea-level rise and flooding than those who live inland, according to Bakkensen and Lint’s research.

Here is what we know.

The pumps of our city are designed to quickly pump an inch of rain the first hour of a storm and then continue at the rate of a half inch. Using the verified rainfall reports during the storm, we had already had 3-5 inches of rain in different parts of the city in a span of 2-3 hours. Please do the math.

We have had an incredible amount of new construction in every neighborhood, mostly taking more green space away or adding weight and size to what had been mostly smaller, more appropriate housing stock pre-Katrina. Everything after 2005 is bigger.

Some of the new council reported on social media during the storm they were checking in to the pumping stations which were operating. The mayor monitored the situation first-hand in person with her directors including those from the SWB, tweeting and posting updates on pumps and issues throughout.

As soon as the rain slowed, the streets cleared quickly.

So a very different situation than 2017. Yet immediately the naive cynicism began: The mayor wasn’t paying attention, the water had “never” been that high previously, every elected official was probably out of town, no rain had been forecasted and so on.

The truth: The rain forecast was only for 20% but pop up storms were said to be very possible especially in afternoon according to the newscasts I watched the night before. Unfortunately, the worst came during the Friday afternoon/night commute and so more people were out on the streets and cut off from their neighborhoods by rising water in all directions; construction sites were not properly secured so people drove into holes where the fencing had blown away or the materials for that construction blocked folks from getting their cars to high ground; based on secondhand reports, the festival staff mentioned previously seemed to not be monitoring the radar closely enough or to have a plan for emergency weather once it began.

None of that was going to be solved by having more pumps.

The bigger issue is what one of the most endangered coasts in the Americas is beginning to deal with regularly.

The rise of sea level is the fastest it has been in the last 2 millennia. We are closer than ever to the Gulf as land slips away and the chemical and oil companies continue to cut away our land to add more pipes to take out more resources. We have lost more than 2,000 square miles since the 1930s. This spring, we have already often had temperatures around 10 degrees higher than normal with very little rain, and this after a colder than average winter. In other words, more extremes. (NOAA released their monthly climate report, making April the 400th consecutive month of above-average temperatures globally.) The summer heat brings those storms that are not part of distinct fronts, but flare up on “subtle outflow boundaries from previous thunderstorms, sea-breeze fronts, higher terrain or in a more random pattern.”  Which means they don’t move very fast either.

The irony is that engineering that everyone expects to save us is how we got into this mess. As geographer/author Rich Campanella has carefully explained to us again and again, “When runoff is removed and artificial levees prevent the river from overtopping, the groundwater lowers, the soils dry out, and the organic matter decays. All this creates air pockets in the soil body, into which those sand, silt, and clay particles settle, consolidate—and drop below sea level.” So yes, the city used to be 100% above sea level; now, it is 50%.

That scarier, less manageable truth also needs to be incorporated into the vital city government need for fixing our current water management system. So sure, absolutely keep an eye on SWB and City Hall but also:

Support the Greater New Orleans Water Plan and the restoration of wetlands. Join the city’s Adopt a Catch Basin program. Reduce runoff on your property by reducing the concrete, cut back on the release of carbon dioxide – especially in summer- with fewer trips in vehicles and less charcoal grilling, try for an economic use of air-conditioning, plant trees, reduce, reuse, recycle (and as someone recently said to me, remember those 3 are meant to be a priority of actions not a choice of one over the other!), add insulation, use CFL light bulbs, turn your hot water tank down, get an audit of other energy uses around your home and workplace and fight the sale of our remaining land to corporations interested in only their profits over our needs and the rightful sovereignty of native people.

Understand the reality at home and around our globe. Be wise and fair AND firm with your city leaders and your world and maybe we can stop the worst of this and get away from being at the front of the pack of those cities that may be soon lost due to climate change.







LGBTQ History at Jackson Square and in New Orleans

My neighbor Frank wrote this piece which describes a little of the 1970s LGBTQ activism in the Quarter in response to the 1970s Sarah Palin, the horrid Anita Bryant. As someone who moved into and then grew up in the lower Quarter as a teen, I always felt welcomed by the gay community that was active around St. Phillip. My best friend Roger Simonson who had come out as a young man and had lived in the Quarter since the 1960s was known for his Royal street shop A Better Mousetrap and his later management of Roger Bogle’s Persian Boy gallery. Through his friendship, I was included in many parties and allowed in bars and clubs that did not encourage non-gay attendance back then.

The leaders of the gay community have tirelessly worked alongside the old-line preservationists on many community efforts that impact the Quarter. That dual leadership served the neighborhood well as it meant the issues of one group were not the only ones being met any longer and it allowed younger and less wealthy voices to be heard on political matters. Since the 1990s, many in the community moved to other areas of town, expanding the impact of that early Quarter activism into every part of municipal and social life. With the acceptance by most Americans (especially younger ones) of less strict gender and sexuality definitions or mores, the need for gay-only areas, clubs, and events has lessened.  As exciting as it is to live in a time when sexuality is not so closely monitored by a few disapproving Puritans, it is sad to lose the active presence here of some of those wonderful leaders even while I remain grateful to Frank and others for continuing to offer so much civic energy.

LGBT History at Jackson Square and in New Orleans

Portage Bike Roll 2018

The Historic New Orleans Collection is offering free bicycle tours with A Bicycle Named Desire every Wednesday and Sunday through June 3 as part of the upcoming exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation.
The six-mile trip highlights the public art, history, and architecture along the Esplanade corridor, starting in the Marigny, through Tremé, down Esplanade to City Park, then looping back to finish in the French Quarter at THNOC, 533 Royal Street. There, guests will be able to preview some of the works that will be on view in Art of the City when THNOC’s new exhibition center opens in fall 2018. That preview also opens today at 533 Royal Street, with a special event at 6 p.m. featuring UK artist Robin Reynolds, whose work New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell anchors the display.
Maps for self-guided tours are now available at THNOC and A Bicycle Named Desire, 632 Elysian Fields Avenue. The free guided tours are offered Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 9–June 3. The afternoon tour on June 3 will take place by bus. Registration is required for all guided tours. Participants must be 16+ years old and capable of strenuous physical activity and a six-mile bike ride. For more information, contact A Bicycle Named Desire at or (504) 345-8966.


Where have the missing Jackson Square benches gone? 

After a inquiry, a city representative said that the bench disappearance is only temporary. The eight iron seats were cut from their moorings in order to make room for a little-publicized welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 21) that relates to New Orleans’ ongoing tricentennial celebration. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is expected to speak at the site in front of the Cabildo (which was once the city’s seat of government).

The benches, which are sometimes used by musicians as impromptu stages and sometimes by music lovers as they watch street performers, will be returned on Saturday, after the ceremony, according to the city spokesman.

And this monstrosity was necessary I suppose:

Large obstruction in the public square that is for a brief ceremony on Saturday morning, which would have been one of the busiest days of one of the busiest months for the vendors of the Square. Instead, the city will push them aside to conduct this meaningless ceremony THERE instead of using available space inside the park, or on the Moonwalk or maybe even just a small dais directly in front of the Cabildo!

FQF Food

Jackson Square Vendors

(G) – Gluten Free, (S) – Sugar Free, (V) – Vegetarian  Eat Fit NOLA Approved

Vendor Since 2007
Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce $7
Oysters Bonne Femme $8
Shrimp Regua $8

Vendor Since 2014
Crawfish Tail Steam Bun Tacos – $8
Crab Cake Sliders – $8

Court of Two Sisters
Vendor Since 1984
Crawfish Louise $7
Turtle Soup $6
Combo Plate: Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup $12

Crêpes à la Cart
Vendor Since 2007
Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Crêpe $7 (V), add Bacon for $1
Black & Gold (Nutella & Banana) Crêpe $7 (V)
Bacon & Nutella Crêpe $7

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
Vendor Since 2011
BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy $8
Prime Roast Beef Debris Po-Boy $8

Vendor Since 2012
Fried Shrimp “BLT” Po-Boy $9
Shrimp Remoulade $9 (G)
Fried Sweet Potato & Pecan Pie $4

Haydel’s Bakery
Vendor Since 2012
White Chocolate Kingcake Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce $6
Large Chocolate Éclair $6
Wedding Cake Cream Cheese Square $6

Jacques-Imo’s Café
Vendor Since 2007
Slow Roasted Duck Po-Boy $8
Shrimp & Alligator Sausage Cheesecake $8
Crab & Artichoke Citrus Salad $8

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Vendor Since 2012
K-Paul’s Famous Butterbeans & Rice “That Make You Crazy” $6
New Orleans Chicken Grillades with Cheddar Cheese Grits $6
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo $6

Muriel’s Jackson Square
Vendor Since 2002
Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes $7
Shrimp & Eggplant Stuffing $7
Combo Plate $12

Mrs. Wheat’s Pies
Vendor Since 1984
New Orleans Meat Pie $6
Shrimp & Andouille Mini Pies (4) $6
Crab & Artichoke Mini Pies (4) $6
Creole Crawfish Pie $6
Any One Item $6
Any Two Items $10

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Plum Street Snoball
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Quintin’s Ice Cream
Vendor Since 2010
Ice Cream (V): Vanilla Bean, Café au Lait, Double Chocolate, Roasted Strawberry Creole, Swamp Mint Chip, Salty Caramel $6 double scoop $6 cup or cone $7
Sorbet (V): Blackberry, Mango Tango double scoop cup $6 or cone $7

Trey Yuen Cuisine of China
Vendor Since 1984
Egg Rolls 2 for $5
Crawfish with Lobster Sauce $7
Shrimp Fried Rice $6
Vegetable Lo Mein $6 (V)
Combination Plate (Shrimp Fried Rice, Crawfish with Lobster Sauce & Egg Roll) $9

Tujague’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 1984
Seafood Stuffed Mirliton with Creole Sauce $7
Brisket of Beef with Creole Horseradish Sauce $9
Marinated Crab Claw Remoulade $8
Shrimp Ravigote over Fried Green Tomato $8

Vaucresson Sausage Co.
Vendor Since 1984
Creole Hot Sausage Po-Boy $7
Creole Crawfish Sausage Po-Boy $7
Creole Barbeque Chicken Sausage Po-Boy $7

LA State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint Vendors

14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant
Vendor Since 2017
Jerk Chicken – $7
Steamed Cabbage – $4 (V) (G)
Rice and Peas – $4 (V) (G) (S)
Fried Plantains – $4 (V)

Andrea’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 2016
Eggplant Crab Cake Meuniere $10
Crawfish Ravioli $10
Crabmeat Ravioli $10
Eggplant Parmigiana $8 (V)

Bratz Y’all Bistro & Biergarten
Vendor Since 2017
The Drunk Pig: Slow roasted pork with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions $7
The Nuernberger: Grilled pork Bratwurst with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions on a pretzel bun $7
The Bavarian: Pork & Veal Bratwurst with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions $7
Bavarian Salted Pretzel $4 / with cream cheese, radish & herb Obatzda dip $7

The Blue Crab
Vendor Since 2016
Crab Cake $7
Chicken Pasta $5

Vendor Since 2010
12-Hour Roast Beef Po-Boy with Horseradish Cream & Pickled Red Onions $6
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding $5

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5

Rouses Crawfish Boil
Vendor Since 2008
Hot Boiled Crawfish with all the Fixins’ $10
Crawfish Family Platter $40

Three Muses
Vendor Since 2012
Korean “Bulgogi” Beef, Kimchi Rice Stirfry $8 / with Wonton Chips $11
Chilled Asian Noodle Salad $7 / with Chips $10
Wonton Chips $5

Riverfront – Canal Street Vendors

Ajun Cajun
Vendor Since 2014
Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy $12
Catfish Po-Boy $8
Yakiniku (Garlic Ribeye Beef) Po-Boy  $8

Mona’s Café
Vendor Since 2011
Gyro Sandwich $7
Falafel Sandwich $7 (V)
Chicken Shawarma Sandwich $7
Combo Plate: Falafel(V) or Chicken or Gyro with Hummus, Greek Salad & Pita $10

Praline Connection
Vendor Since 1994
Grilled Chicken Livers with Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly $7
Grilled Chicken Livers with Crowder Peas & Okra $9
Fried Jumbo Chicken Wings with Mustard Greens $9
Vegetarian Plate – Mustard Greens, Crowder Peas & Okra $8 (V)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Vendor Since 2014
Mini Steak Sliders with BBQ Butter 2 for $8
Sweet Potato Casserole $5
Combo Plate $8

The Daily Beet
New Vendor
Fresh Mango Spring Rolls with Peanut-Ginger Dipping Sauce $8.50
Mango, Pineapple, and Papaya Sticks with Lime Juice and Chili Powder $6
Avocado Toast $7 add an Egg $9

Riverfront – Plaza Vendor

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Riverfront – Kohlmeyer Lawn Vendors

Audubon Catering and Events
Crawfish Bread $7
Pork Lollipops with Thai Slaw $9

Bennachin Restaurant
Vendor Since 2005
Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice & Steamed Veggies $8 (G)(S)
Caribbean Fish with Rice & Steamed Veggies $8 (S)
Sweet Potato Pie $4
Combo Plate: Jerk Chicken with Rice, Steamed Veggies & Curry Pattie $11

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Vendor Since 2002
Shrimp Cakes $5
Cajun Shrimp Bowl $5
Combo: 2 Shrimp Cakes, Cajun Shrimp, & Bread $8

The Big Cheezy
Vendor Since 2016
Mac N Cheezy: 4 Cheese Bacon Mac on a Grilled Cheese – $7
4 Cheese Bacon Mac Bowl – $6
Original Grilled Cheese $7 (V) Cheddar and American on Country White Bread

Café Dauphine
New Vendor
Cajun Seafood Eggrolls $8
Deep Fried Seafood Stuffed Bell Peppers $9
Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade Stack $8
Combo Plate: Fried Bell Pepper, Green Tomato Stack, Eggroll $10

Cool Fruit Sensations
Vendor Since 2013
Fresh Squeezed Juice
Lemonade, Limeade, or Orange with Strawberry, Blueberry, or Watermelon $8

Flamingo A-Go-Go
New Vendor
Shrimp A-Go-Go $7
Grilled Chicken & Ham Cuban $7
Garlic Parmesan Fries $4
Coconut Sorbet with Honey Mango & Raspberry  $4

Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails
Vendor Since 2016
Seared Crawfish Boudin, Pickled Mustard Seeds with Field Green Salad – $7
Pickled Blackened Shrimp over Cabbage Slaw dressed with Honey Mustard – $7

Koz’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 2015
Burger with Cheese – $8
Gravy Debris Cheese Fries – $8
Crawfish Boil Fries – $8

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines
Vendor Since 2014
Praline Candy Flavors: Original, Chocolate, Rum, Coconut $3.5
Praline Shoe Soles $5
Praline Cupcakes $5
Praline Beignet $5
Crab Beignet $8

Love at First Bite
Vendor Since 2009
Crawfish Pasta $9

Original New Orleans Po-Boys
Vendor Since 2000
Fried Shrimp Po-Boy $8
Crawfish Nachos $7
Jambalaya with Chicken & Sausage $6
Combo Plate: Fried Shrimp & Jambalaya $10

Mrs. Wheat’s Pies
Vendor Since 1984
New Orleans Meat Pie $6
Shrimp & Andouille Mini Pies (4) $6
Crab & Artichoke Mini Pies (4) $6
Creole Crawfish Pie $6
Any One Item $6
Any Two Items $10

Red Fish Grill
Vendor Since 2009
BBQ Oyster Po-Boy $10
Louisiana Crawfish Roll with Spicy Remoulade, Pickled Onion & Poblano Relish $7

Rib Room
Vendor Since 2014
Prime Rib Debris Po-Boy $8
Chicken Andouille Gumbo $7

New Vendor
Pig Latin Tacos $8
Chocolate Belly Cookie $5

Walker’s Southern Style BBQ
Vendor Since 2009
Cochon de Lait Po-Boy $9

Westin New Orleans Canal Place
Vendor Since 2015
Crawfish and Andouille Mac N Cheese with Spicy Three Cheese Mornay $6
Corn and Crawfish Fritters with Jalapeno and Malt Vinegar Aioli $8
Try Both: 2 Fritters and 1 Scoop of Mac N Cheese $12.50

Riverfront – Berger Great Lawn Vendor

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Riverfront – Palm Lawn Vendors

Desire Oyster Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Oyster Rockefeller Po-Boy $10
Fried Chicken & Waffles with Cane Syrup $8
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce $6

GW Fins
Vendor Since 2006
Fish Tacos 2 for $7
Salty Malty Ice Cream Sundae $6

House of Blues
Vendor Since 2011
House of Blues Famous Voodoo Shrimp – $8
Blackened Shrimp Po-Boy with Remoulade Slaw – $8

Lakeview Harbor
Vendor Since 2010
Crawfish Bread $7
Louisiana Blue Crab Cakes over Spring Mix dressed with Remoulade Sauce $9
Alligator Sausage Kebab with Zydeco Sauce $7

Restaurant R’evolution
Vendor Since 2013
Sugarcane Glazed Pork Belly Po-Boy $9
Crab Beignets with Red Pepper Remoulade $8

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Quintin’s Ice Cream Cart
Vendor Since 2010
Ice Cream (V): Vanilla Bean, Chocolate- cup $5

Tropical Isle
Vendor Since 2000
Small $7 / Large $10
$9 Large Refill
Frozen Hand Grenade (Large Only)
Hand Grenade
Skinny Hand Grenade
Tropical Itch
Happy Gator

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Jax Brewery Vendors

Cafe Beignet
New Vendor
3 Traditional Beignets $4.50

Cajun Corner
New Vendor
Thin Fried Catfish with Dirty Rice $9
Alligator Sausage Po-Boy $8
Jambalaya $8

Company Burger
New Vendor
Company Burger served with American Cheese, B&B Pickles & Onions – $9
Company Fries – $4 (V)
Turkey Burger served with Arugula, Green Goddess Dressing & Tomato Jam – $8

Jack Dempsey’s
Vendor Since 2010
Baked Macaroni $5
Softshell Crab Po-Boy $10
Fried Shrimp with Baked Macaroni $9
Stuffed Crab with Baked Macaroni $9

Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant
Vendor Since 2012
Meat Pie or Mushroom Pie (V) $6.50 / with Creole Taters $10
Crawfish Pie $8.50 / with Creole Taters $12
Creole Taters – $4

McHardys Chicken & Fixin’
Vendor Since 2015
Two pieces of Fried Chicken with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $8
2 Fried Chicken Strips with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $7
Eight “All” White Meat Fried Chicken Bites with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $5

Miss Linda The Yakamein Lady
Vendor Since 2016
Beef Yakamein $7
Shrimp & Beef Yakamein $8
Fried Pork Chop Sandwich $8

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Royal House
Vendor Since 2010
Chargrilled Oysters $7
Gulf Fish Beignets $7
Oyster Pastries $7

The Rum House
Vendor Since 2016
Brisket Taco 2 for $8
Jerk Chicken Taco 2 for $8
Curry Shrimp Rundown of Coconut Mango Rice $8

Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant
Vendor Since 2015
Smothered Rabbit Po-Boy with Cajun Slaw $9
Crawfish Enchilada with Green Chili Meat Sauce $9
Oyster Calas (Rice Fritters) $8
Crabmeat Boudin Balls with Creole Mustard Sauce $9

Wink’s Original Buttermilk Drop Café
Vendor Since 2008
Buttermilk Drops $2 / 3 for $5
Red Beans & Rice with Sausage $7
Fried Green Tomatoes with Rémoulade $6

WWOZ’s Mango Freeze
Vendor Since 2012
Mango Freeze $5 (G)

Thursday FQF music

Alex McMurray , Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Bag of Donuts, Banu Gibson, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Cupid and the Dance Party Express Band, DeJan’s Olympia Brass Band, Deltaphonic featuring Khris Royal, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans , Juju Child, Lisa Amos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas, New Breed Brass Band, New Orleans Suspects, Panorama Jazz Band, Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubilee, Preservation All-Stars,Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band,Robin Barnes &  The  Fiyabirds, Sweet Crude , “Terrance “”Hollywood”” Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The Irene Sage Band, The Pentones, The Quickening , T’Monde, Tuba Skinny


Main Stages – Thursday
Abita Beer Stage
  • The Irene Sage Band
    Presented by Original New Orleans Po-Boys
    11:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • New Breed Brass Band
    Presented by New Orleans Social House
    12:35 pm – 1:50 pm
  • Sweet Crude
    Presented by Aloft New Orleans Downtown
    2:10 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
    Presented by YPO
    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Presented by Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.
    5:20 pm – 6:45 pm
Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage
  • Juju Child
    Presented by GW Fins
    11:00 am – 12:10 pm
  • Alex McMurray
    Presented by Andrew & Rebecca Kelly
    12:30 pm – 1:40 pm
  • The Pentones
    Presented by F.E.S.S., Inc.
    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Lisa Amos
    Presented by Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s
    3:50 pm – 5:05 pm
  • Bag of Donuts
    Presented by Tropical Isle
    5:25 pm – 6:45 pm
GE Digital Big River Stage
  • Panorama Jazz Band
    Presented by Sal Borelli
    11:00 am – 12:10 pm
  • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
    Presented by Sal Borelli
    12:30 pm – 1:40 pm
  • New Orleans Suspects
    Presented by Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    2:00 pm – 3:10 pm
  • Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubliee
    Presented by The Penthouse Club New Orleans
    3:30 pm – 4:55 pm
  • Cupid and the Dance Party Express Band
    5:20 pm – 6:45 pm
Jack Daniels Stage
  • Tuba Skinny
    Presented by Dew Drop Jazz Hall
    11:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • The Quickening
    Presented by Event Producers
    12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Deltaphonic featurinig Khris Royal
    Presented by Mid City Pizza
    2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory
    Presented by JAX and The Berger Company
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band
    Presented by Perkins A/C & Heating
    5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase
  • T’Monde
    Presented by Toulouse Royale
    12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
    Presented by Windsor Court Hotel
    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers
    Presented by Rolland Safe and Lock
    3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
    Chevron Evening Concert Series
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Hilton Tricentennial Stage
  • Preservation Hall-Stars
    Presented by Lucky Dogs, Inc.
    11:15 am – 12:25 pm
  • Banu Gibson
    Presented by The Bombay Club
    12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Fredy Omar con su Banda
    Presented by Jesters
    2:20 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds
    Presented by Vinson Guard Service, Inc.
    3:50 pm – 5:10 pm
  • Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
    Presented by The Derbes Foundation






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