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The Friends of Tremé Culture, a nonprofit community organization, will host the 7th annual Tremé Fall Festival on Oct. 22, with a patron party on Oct. 13. The festival showcases the rich culture and history of the Tremé community while raising money to help with the extensive repairs of St. Augustine Catholic Church and to aid struggling music and cultural groups.
The patron party will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees can view the museum’s exhibits while enjoying music, food and an open bar. The festival honorees will be the Andrews family (James, Troy and Lois) with music provided by Reginald Moses and James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars. Entertainment also includes an auction. Discounted patron party tickets are available for a limited time at tremefest.org.
On Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., a second line in the Tremé neighborhood will precede the festival. Representatives from various cultural groups, including the Baby Dolls, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, along with Sheriff Susan Hutson and other political supporters, will be a part of the procession. The second line will end on the grounds of St. Augustine Church in the 1100 block of Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls streets, where the festival will begin.
The outdoor festival will feature food, crafts and musical performances by The New Orleans Groove Masters (featuring Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell and Jason Marsalis), Erica Falls, Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots, Lil Freddie King, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars with Naydja CoJoe, and the Andrews Family Brass Band. A Kids’ Tent will feature coconut painting, umbrella decorating, line-dancing, and more. The festival is free to the public.
“We are excited to have Patrick Henry as the artist for our limited-edition poster for this 7th annual festival. He has captured the Andrews family along with the many cultural groups and beautiful Tremé neighborhood in this one-of-a-kind poster,” said Naydja Bynum, president of the Friends of Tremé Culture. “We are also glad to continue working with artist Terrance Osborne, who works as our poster consultant and mentor for our young artists.” The poster will be available to purchase on the website and in person at the patron party and festival.
Festival goers will be able to view the damage to St. Augustine Church from the front door. The festival will conclude with a gospel Mass in the hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.
The Tremé Festival is made possible by its title sponsor, Liberty Bank, and other sponsors, such as the New Orleans Parish Sheriff Office, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Hot Buttered Soul and others. Visit tremefest.org for details.