4 Cool Things to See at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

The festival showcases a Mardi Gras Indian battle.

Congo Square in Armstrong Park becomes center stage for a melting pot of New Orleans culture on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. Brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans funk and African dance fill the line-up at this free, family-friendly fest. We picked out four cool things to check out at the fest.

See a Mardi Gras Indian battle.

On the eve of Super Sunday, you can get a sneak peak of some of the Mardi Gras Indians here at the festival before the traditional rituals on St. Joseph’s Day. The showcase spotlights the Indians in their elaborate, full regalia. At the festival on Saturday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., see a “battle” featuring three tribes from different areas of the city. Photo courtesy: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation/Eric Simon

Groove to a set from DJ Soul Sister.

Known for her popular “Hustle” parties and groovy sets, DJ Soul Sister makes an appearance at the festival you can’t miss. The DJ’s set on Saturday is part of the fest’s shout-out to old-school funk. Check her out from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. You won’t be able to keep still to her mix of rare groove and classic funk from the 1970s and 80s. Photo courtesy: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation/Eric Simon

Some of the best middle and high school area bands battle.

If you love local school bands, then you can’t miss the “Class Got Brass” competition for Louisiana middle and high school brass bands. Students battle it out for a top prize of $10,000. This year’s contestants haven’t been released yet, but previous winners include local favorites like St. Augustine High School, Edna Karr High School and Landry-Walker High School. So, you know you’re in for a treat. See the competition on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band closes out the Fest.

Most locals will tell you music from a brass band is best way to close out any party. So, when local favorite Rebirth Brass Band closes out a festival, you know you’re in a for a good time. Hopefully, they will play crowd favorites like “Cassanova” and “Do Whatcha Wanna.” The band closes out the fest on Sunday from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Photo courtesy: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation/Eric Simon