City to host weekend of performances and food trucks in City Park
A weekend festival called the Carousel of Culture is planned for City Park on Oct. 16 and 17, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy announced.
The cultural event will feature approximately 50 plus artists, musicians, food trucks and more. The city has not yet named the performers or vendors.
“Our culture bearers are the foundation of what makes New Orleans special and helping them find ways to survive and even to thrive in the face of a challenging environment is absolutely critical,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a press release.
As festivals have been shut down due to the rise in COVID-19, the event is designed to spur some economic growth for musicians and artists who otherwise don’t have as many opportunities.
The event will be held on what would have been the final weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
“One of the main drivers of our economy is the cultural economy and it behooves us to put as many dollars and resources into it as possible,” said Lisa Alexis, Director of the Office of Cultural Economy. “The people that make that economy possible need to be supported just as much as our other tourism industry sectors.”
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in City Park at the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and Tricentennial Area.
“As stewards of 1,300 acres of public space in the heart of New Orleans, we recognize our role and importance in cultivating cultural accessibility,” said Cara Lambright, CEO of New Orleans City Park.
The Office of Cultural Economy has also launched several programs and grants to benefit local artists, including the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, according to the press release.
Applications are currently being excepted for the Open NOLA Grant, which funds a maximum of $6,000 and is designed to support the reopening and on-going efforts of entertainment venues.
Grant funds can be used for PPE and personnel costs to ensure compliance with recent Covid-19 protocols of checking vaccination status and negative Covid tests and $4,000 of the $6,000 towards booking live entertainment.
Culture bearers and venue owners can apply for this grant by visiting notcf.com.