It wouldn’t be a stretch to call New Orleans one of the most soulful cities in the United States, and much of the rich culture we have to thank for that comes from the longstanding traditions of the African-American community. The 9th Annual Soul Fest, set for March 3rd and 4th at the Audubon Zoo, is a fantastic way to celebrate the unique history with over 20,000 other guests in a city known as the first to recognize “Free People of Color” following the horrors of slavery.
The weekend event is tailored for families and visitors of all ages and tickets are included with general admission to the Zoo. The sweet sounds of Jazz, Gospel, and R&B will be heard through the day, with performances from the Hot 8 Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield & The Playhouse Review, along with musical tributes to recently passed Etta James, Whitney Houston, and Soul Train’s Don Cornelius.
It comes as no surprise that soul food from the city’s best restaurants will be available for purchase, so come hungry for some smothered greens and sweet potato pie. Soul Fest also offers a kids’ tent with fun activities for the younger crowd, and free health and wellness information available from local organizations. A selected group of accomplished Black History makers in the area are also set to be honored during the events.
More information is available at www.auduboninstitute.or