2011 Mirliton Festival info
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presented by Bywater Neighborhood Association.
Saturday November 5, 2011
Admission $5.00 - BNA Members $3.00 - Children Under 5 Free
at Markey Park on the corner of
Piety and Royal Streets in Bywater. (map)
more info for 2011 coming soon
Bywater's signature event began in 1989 as a small neighborhood party: Residents celebrated the completion of the annual Bywater Home Tour with a potluck dinner. Friends and neighbors converged on Bud Rip's bar at Piety & Burgundy streets with casserole dishes full of homemade delights. Several of the entrees were made from mirlitons, the local vegetable that is as unusual and beloved as Bywater. Someone (his or her name now lost in the haze of time) joked about the abundance of mirliton dishes. "Hey," said the unwitting prophet, "we should host a festival! Louisiana has festivals for everything, so why not mirlitons?" Thus the Mirliton Festival was born
The following year, 1990, then-BNA president Dixy Robillard took the lead in organizing the event in Mickey Markey Park. Jackie Clarkson, serving her first City Council term, was a prominent visitor. Councilwoman Clarkson was instrumental in getting funding for the park's playground equipment. Music was supplied
by the Francis T. Nicholls (now Frederick Douglass) marching band. The Mirliton Festival soon grew in size and scope thanks to the event planning expertise of Bywater residents Sally and Philip Cobb. After an unfortunate cancellation due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the festival resumed its happy history in 2006 under the guidance of organizers Miwako Hattori and Stephanie Easley. This year's festival was chaired by Chris Lorenzen, with help from a committee of dedicated volunteers.
Over the festival's 22-year history, one thing has remained the same: the Mirliton Festival continues to showcase great music, food, and local art. We hope you enjoyed this year's party. excerpt for Mirliton Festival Program
2011 Musical Guests include
The Tumbleweeds - 11 a.m.
Tuba Skinny - noon
Hurray for the Riff Raff -1 p.m.
King James and the Special Men - 2 p.m.
Happy Talk - 3 p.m.
Little Freddie King
and Guitar Lightning Lee - 4:30 p.m.
Kermit Ruffins - 6 p.m.
Great Food from some of the
Neighborhood's Best Eateries
Sally's Country Gourmet Foods
Bacchanal (wine only)
Try Me Coffee will be at our Mirliton Bread Booth.
Artists: Robin Daning, Linda Behrman of Drunk Monkey, LeJardin, Shaun Aleman of Aleman Art and Designs, Barbara Broberds, Greg Geigucz, Tracy Thompson of Kabuki Hats, David Bereran of Bereron Woodworks, Jerry Moran the Native Orleanian, Studio Inferno, Christopher Kirsch of New Orleans Folks Art, Designs by Georgette, Michael Schiavone, Charlie the Hat Man, Ann and Laura Guccione of New Orleans Masks, Brian Bush of Carnival Sculpture,
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