Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo now free all weekend

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo announced Thursday night that it will remain an entirely free festival this year.

Previously Boogaloo announced it would be free Until 3, with festival-goers paying a $5.00 gate fee on Friday evenings and $10.00 gate fee on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival has since switched back to being a free festival all weekend no matter what time festival goers get there.

With Bayou Boogaloo changing its plans to charge an entry fee, organizers say the $1,000 raffle will also no longer take place.

Organizers previously announced a cash back raffle for festival-goers paying the admission fee. Festival-goers arriving after 3 p.m. were subject to get automatically entered into a raffle to win $1,000. Plans for the raffle are now canceled.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo runs May 18 through May 20.

The festival announced ‘Free Until 3’ as a way to offset the costs of the bands, infrastructure, security and other necessary items.

Even though the festival will now be free, festival goers will have the option to support Bayou Boogaloo by making a donation at the gate to Friends of Bayou St. John, according to the report.

“We planned this year’s event with ticketed admission, free-until-3 model with an agreement in hand with City Hall,” said Jared Zeller, Festival Producer. “We found out today we need more time to implement that plan. So now we are focused on putting on another great Bayou Boogaloo,” he said.

Anyone who pre-purchased a weekend wristband will receive reimbursement. They can email: mariana@bayoustjohn.org

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