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Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Algiers Mardi Gras Festival

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The Algiers Mardi Gras Festival 2024 promises to be a vibrant celebration of culture, music, and revelry set against the backdrop of the historic Algiers neighborhood. As the city of New Orleans gears up for the grandeur of Mardi Gras, Algiers takes center stage with its unique and lively festival. This annual event showcases the rich traditions of the region, featuring a colorful parade, dazzling costumes, and a diverse array of musical performances. Get ready for a memorable blend of tradition and contemporary celebration at the Algiers Mardi Gras Festival 2024!

Algiers History 

Old courthouse in Algiers Point, New Orleans
Photograph by GF Mugnier

Algiers, the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, has a history dating back to its establishment in 1719. The charm and architecture of old Algiers make it New Orleans’ “hidden jewel,” a place where local families, spanning four to five generations, call home. Jazz and Blues legends like Lester Young, Memphis Minnie, Henry “Red” Allen, George Lewis, and “Kid” Thomas Valentine have called Algiers home. The community’s rich history and diverse culture make it a cornerstone of New Orleans’ identity. 

Algiers Mardi Gras Festival Details 

Algiers Mardi Gras Fest 2024 banner
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In a recent press conference, Algiers residents and dignitaries announced the return of the Algiers Mardi Gras Festival for its fourth annual Mardi Gras daytime soiree. Set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at New Orleans Federal City, this family-friendly festival is a celebration of both Algiers’ history and Mardi Gras traditions. 

The Grand Marshal for the 2024 event is Irene Burrus, a remarkable 100-year-old Algiers resident, embodying the spirit of resilience and community that Algiers holds dear. This year’s festival promises an incredible entertainment lineup, featuring headliners Brass-A-Holics, Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Amanda Shaw, and Mia Borders. 

The festivities kick off with a mile-long parade at 9 a.m., showcasing marching bands from local schools like Alice Harte, Martin Behrman, NOMMA, Edna Karr, and L.B. Landry, along with the vibrant Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians. Adding a creative touch to the festival, the official 2024 Algiers Mardi Gras Festival poster was unveiled, designed by Shenata Taylor from Delgado Community College. The free and family-friendly festival aims to bring Mardi Gras to the historic Algiers neighborhood just across the mighty Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans.

Festival Mission and Goals 

Mardi Gras Festival
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Algiers Mardi Gras Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a mission rooted in celebrating New Orleans culture Mardi Gras-style. Beyond festivities, the festival aims to enrich education in food, music, arts, and crafts, with a focus on community youth. Contributing to sustaining and promoting economic development within the Algiers business community is also a key goal. 

Save the date for this free family-oriented celebration, where the heart of Algiers beats in rhythm with the vibrant sounds of Mardi Gras. Join in on the fun on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, for an unforgettable experience that bridges history, culture, and community in the heart of New Orleans!

Continue the Mardi Gras Fun with a French Quarter Walking Tour 

In the heart of Algiers, the Mardi Gras Festival awaits, offering a unique blend of history, music, and community celebration. This annual event, set against the backdrop of the historic Algiers neighborhood, promises a memorable experience for families and revelers alike. Join in for a free and family-friendly celebration that captures the essence of Mardi Gras in the vibrant streets of Algiers. 

As the festival concludes, consider extending the jubilation with a French Quarter Walking Tour. Traverse the iconic streets of the Crescent City, steeped in centuries of history and music, and let the rhythm of Mardi Gras continue. Join us in preserving the essence of the New Orleans French Quarter, where every step is a dance, and every corner holds a story. Save the date and let the spirit of Mardi Gras resonate beyond Algiers, echoing through the heart of the French Quarter. 

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