Happy birthday New Orleans -- a city with 300-year history unlike any other city in the world.
As New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday, the city throws a year-long party with several events to commemorate this milestone. Here's a list of eight upcoming tricentennial events locals can plan for this spring.
'New Orleans, the Founding Era' at the Historic New Orleans Collection
Open until May 27
The Historic New Orleans Collection explores the city first decades and its earliest inhabitants in their exhibit, “New Orleans, the Founding Era.” In celebration of the city’s 300th birthday, the exhibition displays rare artifacts and documents from the city’s early days. Visitors can view relics from institutions across the world, and explore life when New Orleans was nothing more than “hastily assembled huts and buildings.” If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this exhibit yet, there’s still time until the exhibit closes on May 27. Admission is free.
Tricentennial Interfaith Prayer Service at St. Louis Cathedral
Tuesday, April 17
People from various faiths throughout the city can join together in unity at this tricentennial prayer service. The service will celebrate the diversity of New Orleans through prayer.
Tricentennial Nola Navy Week 2018
Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22
Navy ships from the U.S. and around the globe will dock in New Orleans for a week-long festival, including free ship tours and a cook-off between the ships. Boarding of visiting tall ships and navy ships are free and open to the public. VIP FastPass boarding for tall ships are available for purchase.
Voices of the Congo Square
Friday, April 20
Produced by Shaka and Naimah Zulu, Voices of the Congo Square brings the essence, culture, and mystique of the Mardi Gras Indians to the Orpheum Theater on April 20. Voices of Congo Square takes the audience through the evolution of New Orleans music, dance, and performance. “Voices of Congo Square is a piece that represents the African Carnival traditions of New Orleans,” Shaka Zulu said. Ticket prices range from $40 to $100.
Tricentennial Dog Parade
Sunday, April 22
A parade of pups will strut through New Orleans at the Tricentennial Dog Parade on April 22 at NOLA City Bark. New Orleans Saints mascot Gumbo will lead the four-legged parade and their owners on the streets surrounding NOLA City Bark. Make sure your pups come ready in their best costumes to participate in a contest for the best New Orleans-centric dog attire. Registration for the event is at 10 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. Advance registration is $40 per dog, and day of registration is $45 per dog.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's Treme Threauxdown
Saturday, April 28
New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty throws his annual show at the Saenger Theatre during Jazz Fest. This year, the concert is dubbed an annual tricentennial event. Trombone Shorty usually always has a bunch of surprises and special guests in store for concert-goers at this event. Recently announced special guests include Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Kermit Ruffins and The Soul Rebels with special guest Big Freedia. Expect great music and a good time. Tickets start at $49.50, plus applicable fees.
New Orleans Jazz Fest Closing & Tricentennial Fireworks Show
Sunday, May 6
Tricentennial organizers add a special spark to the closing day of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Festival-goers can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show to close out Jazz Fest. Locations TBA.