POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 2:33pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 3:13pm
METAIRIE, LA — Bucktown unveils a new festival on July 4th at the new Bucktown Marina giving those who celebrate our Independence Day a new way to enjoy the day.
Known for its vast array of seafood markets and popular restaurants, Bucktown will celebrate Independence Day by staging the first-ever Bucktown Bash, a Shrimp and Music Festival on the lake. The festival will feature all-day music from local and national artists, crafts, food, kite flying, attractions for kids, and the return of the historical Blessing of the Bucktown Fleet. Before Hurricane Katrina, the Blessing of the Fleet was a July 4th tradition but that ended with the destruction caused by the storm.
Bucktown was known for jazz in the days of Prohibition when artists like Jelly Roll Morton played to lively crowds. The Bucktown Bash will celebrate the neighborhood’s roots in music this July 4th featuring Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, The Bucktown All-Stars, Wet Willie and The Grass Roots. Because of Bucktown’s rich history in catching, processing, and serving fresh seafood, the festival will feature shrimp dishes in a variety of ways.
Doors for Bucktown Bash open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The Blessing of the Fleet will begin at noon and entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate and children who are 12 and under are free.
Below is the music schedule for Bucktown Bash:
- 12:30 -1:30 - Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
- 1:50 – 2:50 - Christian Serpas and Ghost Town
- 3:20 – 4:20 - The Bucktown All-Stars
- 4:50 -6:05 - Wet Willie
- 6:35 - 7:50 - The Grass