Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Adds Floating Brass Band Stage, With Entry Ticket to 2022 Bayou

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) – The 2022 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo will have some new things in store for festival-goers when the event returns to its old location along the banks of Bayou St. John from May 20 to May 22.

Festival organizers have announced several updates to the annual three-day neighborhood festival in its 16th year, including a new floating brass band based in Bayou St John.

Organizers said the new floating stage, called Barge Barge, will feature some of the city’s top brass bands. The Chosen Ones brass band, LB Landry High School band, and winners of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s “Class Got Brass” competition are one band set to perform.

Organizers also announced other new additions to the lineup including New Orleans sitcom Inferno Burlesque and guitarist Joshua Starkman & Friends, which includes Gabriel Cavasa and Sabine McCalla. This year, more than 30 works are scheduled to be presented, including The Soul Rebels, Maggie Koerner, Ani DiFranco, Chapel Hart, Dragon Smoke and others.

For the first time, Bayou Boogaloo will host food trucks on the Dumaine Street side of the festival, including Da Grill Master and Southerns, who will serve up their famous fried chicken sandwich. Several other food vendors make their first appearances at the festival including the downtown vegetarian district SoulĂ© Cafe, Mid-City burger Joint Bub’s Burgers, gourmet Dat Dog, and St. Claude’s Jamaican restaurant Jerk House.

For 2022, the organizers are also setting new rules for entering the festival. This year, everyone who enters Bayou Boogaloo should have a ticket – including those who come on board.

There will be two entrances to the bay, one in Dumaine and one in Toulouse, for people using boats, barges and other watercraft, and all attendees – on and off land – must pass through metal detectors.

Attendees with large sandals can pre-register for their sandals, pay a security deposit and sign up for a pre-set time to collect their sandals before the festival for easier and faster entry.

2022 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns to Bayou St. John from May 20-20.(Source: Mid City Bayou Bujalul)

Other updates this year include expanded children’s programs, including a silent disco, drumming workshops, dance performances and an arts and crafts tent. The festival invites kids to get creative and join Upturn Arts on Saturday and Art Camp504 on Sunday starting at noon for fun activities, home accessories, and a group mural. Nurse Nikki will also be back to host the Baby Changing and Feeding Tent – a comfortable, shaded space to care for the little ones.

Bayou-side yoga classes are also back, along with a complete return to the curated arts market of 60 artists and designers.

Three-day general admission tickets, with re-entry privileges, cost $45 and will increase to $55 on May 15. Single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $20 and will increase to $30 on May 15. It will rise to $15 on May 15. VIP passes are also available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased online through Bayou Boogaloo’s ticket site.

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