Festival Executive Director Lee Delaune, in an appearance during Tuesday’s meeting, told the city council that one change is in store for this year’s event: a second stage for musical entertainment.
While the existing stage in Lawrence Park will remain in place, he said a second one will be available at Front and Freret streets, the site for Rhythms on the River, to offer more musical entertainment for festivalgoers.
Delaune said multiple stages is something he has seen at other festivals across the state and is something he said he has wanted to enhance the festival's musical lineup.
Two bands — one each on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 — will perform at the new stage.
Otherwise, the festival’s offerings will remain the same.
The street fair, which will be offered by Mitchell Brothers Carnival Co., will be held on Front and Greenwood streets from Front toward Second Street under the E.J. “Lionel” Grizzaffi U.S. 90 bridge
It will be open Sept. 1 (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Sept. 2 (5 p.m. until midnight), Sept. 3-4 (noon until midnight) and Sept. 5 (noon until 9 p.m.).
Further east under the bridge, concession and arts and crafts booths as well as other festival related activities will be positioned between Second and Fourth streets. These booths will be open Sept. 2-5 at the same times as the fair.
At Lawrence Park, musical performances will be featured on the festival’s stage on Sept. 2-5. Entertainment will conclude Sept. 2-4, at 11 p.m. and on Sept. 5, at about 9 p.m.
Other Lawrence Park activities include a Cajun Culinary Classic on the neutral ground adjacent to Third Street on Sept. 1-5, at the same times as other activities in Lawrence Park.
T-shirt, ticket and beverage (alcohol and non-alcohol) booths will be held at the same times as the park’s other activities.
Also, the Children’s Village will be held in the tennis court area in Lawrence Park on Sept. 2-5. The village is free and open to children.
Other activities include the outdoor Mass on Sept. 4.
Nearby at M.D. Shannon Elementary School (409 Brashear Ave.), the annual Gospel Stage will be held Sept. 3-4, at the school’s gymnasium.
Also at Shannon Elementary, a car show, hosted by the Cypress Corvette Club, will be held on the school grounds on Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
On Sept. 4, following Mass in the park, the annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held in Berwick Bay from 10 a.m. until noon.
Later in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the annual street parade will be held, while that evening from 9 p.m. until 9:45 p.m., a fireworks display will be held on Berwick Bay.
Other activities available during the festival include the Cultural & Heritage Center, an educational event, at the festival office (715 Second St).
Shuttle service will be provided between area hotels, Lake End Park and the festival grounds on Sept. 3-4.