Tremé 200 Bicentennial Celebration
This year marks the 200th anniversary of America's oldest black neighborhood - Tremé. This culturally significant portion of New Orleans has shaped the course of events in Black America for the past two centuries, and has been the site of economic, cultural, political, social and legal events in our country's history. Today, the neighborhood of Tremé is the locale for visitors and natives alike to celebrate the achievements of African Americans.
This year's mile marker is a real reason to celebrate! Tremé 200 Bicentennial Celebration and 25th Anniversary of the Mahalia Jackson International Rejoicin' in the Park Festival will take place October 17-21 throughout the Tremé neighborhood. This weeklong celebration features a lecture series, evening converts, a Club Crawl, the first ever United Second Line, a Gospel Jazz Mass, and community tributes to Rebirth Brass Band and the late "Uncle" Lionel.
Tremé 200 Celebration Schedule
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 p.m. Opening Press Conference - Tremé Community Garden
Wednesday, October 17
11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Panel: The Street is Like Our Front Room: Family, Culture & Tradition in Tremé - Perseverance Hall
Facilitator: Lolis Elie
5:00 p.m. Candlelight Block Party - Robertson, Dumaine and St. Philip Streets.
Performers: Tremé Brass Band, Judah Clan DJs
Thursday, October 18
11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Panel: Let Me Do My Thing: Music, Musicians & Living a Treme' Life
Facilitator: Kermit Ruffins
5:00 p.m. Tremé 200 Bar Hop & Treasure Hunt - Kermit's Speak Easy, Candlelight Lounge, Basin Street Lounge, Mother-in-Law Lounge, Sidney's Saloon, Bertha's Place, Seale's Lounge, Lil' Dizzy's and Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Friday, October 19
10:00 a.m. Bridging The Gap - Congo Square
A day dedicated to seniors and the physically and mentally challenged.
Performers: New Orleans Public High School Choirs
11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Panel: How A Neighborhood Shaped the World: Treme' in Global Perspective - Perseverance Hall
Facilitator: Freddie Evans
2:00 p.m. Panel: Rejoicin' in Tremé: The Spiritual Legacy in Music - Perseverance Hall
Facilitator: Dwight Webster
6:00 p.m. Brass Under the Bridge: Rebirth Tribute - Lemann Park
Performers: Rebirth, Dirty Dozen, Hot 8, Original Pinettes, Baby Boys
Saturday, October 20
11:00 a.m. Rejoicin' in the Park Concert - Armstrong Park
Performers: James Williams & the Crown Seekers, Sold Out, Kelly & Kelly, Collage 3, Gospel Soul Children, Life Center, Watson Memorial Youth Choir Asia B. B. Choir Edana Richardson, Nu Nayze from Baton Rouge and Friends and Gospel Diva Lois Dejean.
12:00 p.m. Tremé 200 Concert - Armstrong Park
Performers: Kermit Ruffins, Brassaholics, Doreen Ketchens, Corey Henry & Tremé Funktet, Chuck Perkins & Voices of the Big Easy, The UNC Orchestra
Host: Oliver Thomas
Sunday, October 21
10:00 a.m. Jazz Mass - St. Augustine Church
12:00 p.m. Tremé United Secondline - Greater Tremé Route
Performers: Black Men of Labor, Treme Sidewalk Steppers, Baby Dolls, Dumaine Street Gang, Revolution, Calendar Girls, Popular Ladies, Tremé Brass Band, TBC, Hot 8 and Stooges Brass Band
Sponsors for the Tremé 200 Bicentennial Celebration include Caesars, Entergy New Orleans, City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Criminal Sheriff's office, and Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
To see the full lineup, visit http://www.treme2012.com.