New Orleans First Ever Earth Day Festival

From LaCoast.gov:

April 5th, Bayou St. John, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring a Festival First SOLAR POWERED Stage

Event to Focus on a Green Future for Louisiana!

(New Orleans) The first ever New Orleans Earth Day Festival, presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, will take place on Sunday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents of New Orleans understand more than anyone the need for environmental protection, said Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the group organizing the event. We will celebrate the good work of New Orleans environmental groups, learn about alternative energy and make the case for a strong green economy and reduced pollution here in Louisiana.

The event features the Coastal Lines of Defense stage, a coalition including the Gulf Restoration Network, the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. The culture of New Orleans is absolutely linked to its environment and our coast, said Aaron Viles of the Gulf Restoration Network. We’re excited to partner on a festival that ties it all together. The groups have organized great music, including:

Big Sams Funky Nation

Anders Osborne, Kirk Joseph and friends

Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys

The event is FREE and open to all. Anyone bringing a reusable cup (Mardi Gras cups anyone?) will get $1 off of all soft drinks or beer.

The stage will be powered by solar panels, the first-ever festival to use renewable energy.

Where: Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue

When: Sunday, April 5th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Festival brings together environmental organizations from around the

city to celebrate a Green Future for our state and defend Louisiana from

threats to our environment and way of life.

Event highlights:

A city wide bicycle tour led by the Crescent City Cyclists. The ride will

tour green buildings and pollution hotspots

A kids tent organized by Bayou Rebirth; kids will build wetlands

Two speakers tents: Louisianas Green Future and Defending Louisiana

Solar companies

Craft vendors including used books and bikes, clocks made from vinyl

records, natural soaps and hand stitched aprons

Jambalaya, hot sausage and beer in plentiful supply
Schedule

9 a.m. Bike ride with Crescent City Cyclists leaves festival grounds at 9 AM

10 a.m. Festival opens! Food, beer and kids’ activities begin

11 a.m. Earth Day presentations and speakers begin

12:15 Country Fried begins

1:30 Wild Mohicans! – 2nd line through crowd onto stage

2:45 Anders Osborne, Kirk Joseph and Friends

4:00 Big Sams Funky Nation

5:15 Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
Speakers include representatives from the Lower Ninth Ward Urban Farming

Coalition, Make it Right Foundation, Hollygrove Market, Social Entrepreneurs

of New Orleans, Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Green

Coast Enterprises, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and residents from

Louisianas Cancer Alley.

See what’s new on the Breaux Act Web site!  Visit www.LaCoast.gov

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~ by vermilionaire on March 31, 2009.

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