NEW ORLEANS (press release) – On Saturday, March 26, the the French Quarter will be filled with the sounds of Zydeco music and the smells of authentic Creole cuisine compliments of the NOLA Zydeco Festival happening at Crescent Park, entrance located at 100 Mandeville St. This free, public, family-friendly event will feature not only live bands and musical acts, but will also offer authentic Zydeco dance lessons, along with access to delicious food vendors and unique merchandise.

“This event is filled with great music and entertainment paired with great local chefs and spring cocktails! We are excited to join forces with so many culture bearers and three New Orleans’ landmarks: The Mississippi River, French Quarter and Crescent Park” said festival co-founder Gabrielle Deculus. “We have been planning this for a while to honor our Great Grandfather Alphonse ‘Bois Sec’ Ardoin and his Creole Zydeco legacy, as well as all families and friends that love to dance and sing, gathering is important,” co-founder Courtney Smith added.

Host Harold Guillory and Hostess Charisse Gibson at WWLTV will keep the energy going all day at NOLA Zydeco Fest along with Zydeco Dance Instructors Arthur Corbin and friends. Zydeco bands and artists set to headline this year’s event include Chris Ardoin, Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush, Marcus Ardoin and Da Zydeco Legendz. All bands will be performing live on the Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin main stage.

Festival goers will enjoy a wide selection of food options, from boiled seafood, boudin and turkey legs to fresh local fruit smoothies and Snoballs. Local restaurants and food truck owners will be located in the right hall under the shade at the Mandeville Shed, Crescent Park. This area will feature a range of authentic Louisiana cuisine. Some of our vendors are 504 Seafood, Gumbo Gouroux, Nola Cookie Company, Zydeco Snow, Elton’s BBQ and many more.

Sponsors include: Louisiana Office of Tourism, New Orleans Tourism & Cultural Fund, The Power Coalition, Step Up Louisiana, Evamor Water, Cajun Fire Beer and Saint Josephine. For more information, visit nolazydecofest.com.