FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy Kirk Duvoisin
(504) 522-2621 ext. 20
The French Market's 4th Annual Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival Sunday October 21st 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A daytime family event featuring free trick or treating for kids, indoor/outdoor entertainment, petting zoo, cooking demonstrations, costume contests, and plenty of pumpkins for sale!
Trick or Treating is free for kids in costume from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick up your black Boo Carré bags at Dumaine Plaza in the French Market District, near the entrance to Dutch Alley at Decatur Street. Get a Trick or Treat Sheet telling you which shops are participating. The trick-or-treating will take place throughout a 6-block area, from the Upper Pontalba, the Colonnade on Decatur, in Dutch Alley, and through the Farmers Market.
IN DUTCH ALLEY: between Dumaine and St. Phillip Streets
Note: There will be hay bales for fun photos and romping for little ones in Dutch Alley.
INSIDE THE JAZZ PARK in Dutch Alley: Free music and theater!
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Jim and Martha Hession perform ghoulish ragtime and jazz pieces
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Uptown Music Theatre performs "SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK" under the direction of Delfeayo Marsalis
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Jim and Martha Hession perform Halloween themed jazz pieces
Outside in Dutch Alley, between the Jazz Park and the Pavilion:
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Drum Circle with Hope Stone Kids New Orleans (formerly Kid's Play NOLA). A dance and drumming performance workshop that is fun for the whole family. Our master teacher CoCo Williams will perform Afro-Cuban dances accompanied by master drummer Alexey Marti. After each performance the audience will be encouraged to participate in the fun; CoCo will teach the steps while Alexey will teach the rhythms that accompany each traditional dance. The entire family is welcome to join.
4 p.m. Navy Band New Orleans Brass Band performs classic New Orleans-style music
At the Pavilion in Dutch Alley (at St. Phillip Street): FREE!
Petting Zoo 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rowdy's Rascals Petting Zoo features horses, pigs, goats and free photos!
Facepainting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Halloween-themed face painting all day. Free!
Interactive Craft Booths: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids can "make and take" artwork, made with the help of local artisans. Free!
FARMERS MARKET STAGE between Ursulines and Gov Nicholls Streets
11:00 A.M. KIDS COSTUME CONTEST. Sign up 15 minutes prior (10:45 a.m.). Free to enter! Prizes include gift certificates to the French Market District shops and restaurants. Limited to the first 12 contestants. Categories: Spookiest, cutest, silliest, most original, best handmade costume, plus a Boo! Shout contest bonus prize. Open to kids age 1 through 12.
12:00 p.m. FAT HEN GROCERY Pumpkin carving & cooking demonstration
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Amerigroup presents a HARVESTING HEALTH COOKING DEMO featuring Meals from the Heart Café cooking up healthy seasonal foods. Free samples.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PIE EATING CONTESTS hosted by Southern Food and Beverage Museum, with pie crust demonstrations and discussions. Featuring sweet potato pies provided by Loretta's Pralines! Kids and adult eating contests.
3:30 P.M. KIDS COSTUME CONTEST #2. Sign up 15 minutes prior (10:45 a.m.). Free to enter! Prizes include gift certificates to the French Market District shops and restaurants. Limited to the first 12 contestants. Categories: Spookiest, cutest, silliest, most original, best handmade costume, plus a Boo! Shout contest bonus prize.
4:00 P.M. - 6:00 p.m. Abita Springs Opry features two performances: The Petty Bones at 4 p.m. and Last Chance Bluegrass Band at 5 p.m.
PLUS, nearby in Farmers Market stalls all day:
Pumpkins for sale at two produce stands in the Farmers Market: MOTHER NATURE'S CUPBOARD & FRENCH MARKET PRODUCE
Plus these special vendors: