Bucktown’s Waterfront Project

Bucktown’s waterfront will be restored to a marshland. The $15.5 million dollar project will be along a one-mile stretch of the shoreline in Jefferson Parish. Projects such as these are called living shorelines that help create bunkers with natural materials and green vegetation.

They will start with barging in rocks that will create nine segmented breakwaters in Lake Ponchartrain. The formations will be between Bonnabel Boat Launch and Bucktown Harbor and will help protect the federal levee system and keep it from eroding. There will be 20 feet of open water between the jetties and the new marshland area which will create a pathway for kayakers and canoers.

This is the first time a living shoreline will be used to protect a federal levee system and if it is successful, it will be used in other areas along Lake Pontchartrain’s shoreline.

“It’s habitat restoration that also protects the protection,” Greg Grandy, the incoming executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said. “This will reduce the wave energy that comes off of Lake Pontchartrain, particularly during winter storms.”

Funding for the project came from grants and government funding. $4.5 million in grant money came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The remaining included $2.5 million from the National Wildlife Foundation; $1 million from Louisiana’s construction budget; $4 million from proceeds the parish receives from oil and gas revenues in the Gulf of Mexico; and $3.5 million from the CPRA.

“Having this project here, where you can see a marsh, where you can get educated about our environment, where you can see a living shoreline, this is where we can educate the 99% of the population that lives behind our federal levee system,” Jefferson Parish Council member Jennifer Van Vrancken said.

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Music and Fun During Bayou Classic Weekend

Contemporary R&B star Maxwell will also take the spotlight the weekend of the Bayou Classic. The performer will be at Smoothie King Center the night before the annual game. The game is being played at Caesars Superdome between HBCUs Grambling and Southern universities.

The concert tickets start at $63 and part of the proceeds will benefit the Southern University System Foundation. The open act for the concert will be Leela James.

Gerald Maxwell Rivera was born in Brooklyn and is part Haitian and part Puerto Rican. His first album came out in the 90s and was the catalyst for the neo-soul movement. Since then he has released many other albums and is still on the rise today.

New Orleans is a place that the singer has performed in for a long time. Maxwell has a long-standing association with NOLA’s Essence Festival. He has filled the Saenger Theatre to the Smoothie King Center.

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A Tribute to Elvis Lousiana Bayou King Festival, November 9 – 12, 2023

Louisiana’s premier tribute festival to the King of Rock N’ Roll in New Orleans.
Louisiana Bayou King Festival

The Host Hotel Clarion New Orleans – Airport Hotel Conference Center & Ballroom
2829 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, Louisiana 70062

November 9 – 12, 2023

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Admission: $25 – $400+



Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff: Garth Brooks, Lainey Wilson & Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, September 2, 2023

Come celebrate the start of the college football season in New Orleans.

Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff

Caesars Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, LA 70112

September 2, 2023


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National Fried Chicken Festival, September 30 – October 1, 2023

The National Fried Chicken Festival was founded in 2016.

New Orleans Lakefront
Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA

September 30 – October 1, 2023
11am – 8pm

Tickets $15 – $120


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