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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014

April 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014New Orleans knows how to celebrate – and the 9th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is no exception to this rule!

Bayou St. John, located in a Mid-City neighborhood, was once the city’s “back door.” Off the beaten path, boaters used to be able to get within a mile of the business section of New Orleans via waterways connected to Lake Pontchartrain. The bayou was cut off from the lake early on in the 20th century but the remaining, Bayou St. John waterway is still alive with canoes, kayaks, rafts and other non-motorized craft.

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Bayou Boogaloo

April 27th, 2013 by insideout

This time, the party’s on the banks of scenic Bayou St. John in the Mid-City section of New Orleans as the 8th annual Bayou Boogaloo takes place over the weekend of May 17 – 19.

Like any festival worth attending in New Orleans, the Bayou Boogaloo will have lots of live music, delicious food and artisans with crafts for sale. Know what else? Attendance to the Boogaloo is Free!

Bayou Boogaloo has stages set up in separate locations so the music sounds great and the performers don’t try and play over one another. As always, the Bayou Boogaloo is a family-friendly festival with a kid’s stage and an area for them with games and activities. new-orleans-mid-city-bayou-boogaloo-2013-logo

Fun events from past Boogaloos include the Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl and a Bicycle Second Line. One of the highlights of the Festival for the past four years was the Rubber Duck Derby. As many as 10,000 rubber ducks are set afloat on the bayou with sponsors’ names on them. The winner gets a fabulous prize and the proceeds go toward the festival’s upkeep via its sponsoring organization, the Mothership Foundation.

Bayou Boogaloo 2013 Lineup

Here are some of the amazing New Orleans musicians that are scheduled to perform this year:

  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Bonerama
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Ironing Board Sam
  • Partners N Crime w/Big Easy Bounce Band
  • Debauche



  • Alvin Youngblood Hart
  • Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Pine Leaf Boys
  • Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha’s
  • Zion Harmonizers
  • Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet

See the full lineup and get more information at the Bayou Boogaloo website.

New Orleans Mid-City Lodging and Beyond

Wanna come stay with us for this great free festival? We have member bed and breakfasts in the Mid-City region of New Orleans. However, even if you don’t stay in Mid-City, most of New Orleans is easily accessible via streetcar, taxi, bicycle or your own two feet.


The Leisurely Side of New Orleans

February 17th, 2012 by bbnola

Bayou St. John, New Orleans

Bayou St. John.

Visitors to New Orleans come here to celebrate Mardi Gras with outrageous parades and cocktails in the street. They come to listen to some of the finest musicians alive play in dark, intimate bars. They come here to feast on po-boys, beignets, and gumbo, to admire the architecture, to experience the culture.

Many people don’t think about experiencing New Orleans from the water. They should. It’s a wonderful way to see the city from a different perspective.

Bayou St. John meanders past many New Orleans attractions. To paddle the bayou is to experience the area the way some of the first people did; it is easier to approach the city from the Gulf of Mexico through Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John than to fight the current of the Mississippi River. Plus it’s fun.

Kayak tours of the bayou lead past the vast and serene City Park, the Spanish Custom House, and the Pilot House. Paddlers will float past the New Orleans Museum of Art and St. Louis Cemetery #3, with it’s spectacular above-ground tombs. In addition to New Orleans landmarks, kayaking along Bayou St. John provides excellent viewings of wildlife: herons, pelicans, and other water fowl being most predominant.

Mardi Gras may be in full swing, but it’s still possible to find serenity in New Orleans. Check in to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and look into kayak tours. They’re a wonderful way to round out any New Orleans vacation.