The first weekend of Jazz Fest wraps up Sunday (April 28), marking the halfway point of the 50th festival. Here’s a look at the day’s performers and parades.
Headliners for Sunday include Van Morrison on the Acura Stage at 5:30 p.m.; J Balvin on the Gentilly Stage at 5:45 p.m.; Al Green on the Congo Square Stage at 5:45 p.m.; Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason with Ellis Marsalis at the WWOZ Jazz Tent at 5:40 p.m.; Bonnie Raitt on the Acura stage at 3:35 p.m.; and Bleachers on the Gentilly Stage at 4:05 p.m.
Earlier in the day, catch Irma Thomas at the Acura Stage at 1:55 p.m.; The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Congo Square Stage at 1:45 p.m.; and the Stephanie Jordan Big Band at the WWOZ Jazz Tent at 4:10 p.m.
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At the Folklife Stage on Sunday, the Native American Pow Wow will take place at noon, 1:15 p.m. and 2:35 p.m. Check out the Cultural Exchange Pavilion to see artists demonstrating their work with paper mâché masks; wire and bead art; Zulu baskets; humidors; drums; and Drapo Art, which are flags sewn with vibrant beads and sequins.
Each day of Jazz Fest includes parades. Here are Sunday’s marchers: 11:55 a.m., Haitian Rara parade with DjaRARA and Chakra Dance Theater; 12:25 p.m. Big Chief Joseph Boudreaux, Jr. and the Young Eagles and Big Chief Trouble and Trouble Nation Mardi Gras Indians; 1:30 p.m., Big 6 Brass Band with The Furious Five, Untouchables and Big Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club; 2:40 p.m. Da Souljas Brass Band with Young Men Olympia Aid, New Look and First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Club; 3:25 p.m., Uptown Warriors, Shining Star Hunters and Young Brave Hunters Mardi Gras Indians; and 3:55 p.m., Haitian Rara parade with DjaRARA and Chakra Dance Theater.
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At 12:30 p.m. on the Heritage Stage, rather than food demo and tastings folks can listen to in-depth interviews with veteran Jazz Fest food vendors.
If you didn’t snag an early bird or advance ticket, expect to pay $85 at the gate for yourself and $5 for children ages 2-10.
Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. Weekend 2 begins Thursday, May 2 and culminates Sunday, May 5.
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