From a press release
Come out to enjoy the fireworks and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Gentilly Fest, presented by Capital One Bank! The festival takes place onOctober 6, 7 and 8.at the Pontchartrain Park playground, corner of Press and Prentiss Drive. “Capital One Bank is proud to return as the Presenting Sponsor of Gentilly Fest, and our associates across greater New Orleans and beyond are excited to be a part of festival on its 10th anniversary,” said Karen DeBlieux, Southeast Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank. “At Capital One, we’re proud to be part of the New Orleans community, and to participate in this celebration of things that make our city so special: great neighborhoods, world-class music, artists, and food.”
On Friday night Oct. 6, at 6 pm the festival will unveil its commemorative 10th anniversary poster designed by world famous artist, Harold Bradford. The “Evening under the Stars” musical lineup begins with R&B singer, John Pierre, the soulful sounds of James Andrews, ending with a special guest performance by Charmaine Neville.
On Saturday, Oct. 7 the festival will kick off at 9 am with a 5K run, followed by a parade beginning at Chef Hwy., down Press Drive ending at the festival grounds. The Main Stage acts include: The New Orleans Horns, Kevin Styles, New World Order, BRW, Tonya Boyd Cannon, a performance by electric violinist, Michael Ward and closing out with a colossal display of fireworks.
Sunday morning will kick off with a Bicycle Second Line Ride starting at the festival at 9 am. Sunday acts include: Royal Essence, T-Ray the Violinist, Zena Moses, P.J. Morton and end with the cultural rhythms of the Rebirth Brass Band. Gentilly Fest will provide handkerchiefs’ so be sure to bring your second line umbrellas for this closing celebration. It’s guaranteed to be the biggest second line in the city!
Saturday, the very popular Gospel Tent sponsored by Columbia Park Health Center and Martin Insurance, will feature soulful performances by choirs from throughout the city. The lineup include: Inspirational Gospel Singers, Holy Cross Lutheran, Danon Smith, Watson Memorial, Connie & Dwight Fitch and friends, gospel artist Arrianne Keelen, New Culture Music, Pentecost Baptist, 1st Grace United Methodist, Greater St. Steven Full Gospel, and the Zulu Ensemble. Sunday’s performances include: Bethel Colony Ministries, House of Faith, Craig Adams and the Voices of New Orleans, College 3, Bishop Onassis/Christ Temple/Justified, the world famous Zion Harmonizers and closing with Pastor Jefferson and the Abundant Life Tabernacle.
The festival offers delicious food from local vendors and a Senior Dining Tent courtesy of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Banner Chevrolet Kids Village will provide a video game center, face painting, storytelling and activities for everyone. While you’re at the festival don’t forget to get your free medical screenings by Daughters of Charity. Visit the tent and get a Q&A with Dr. Cory Hebert and other health service providers. Numerous artists and craft vendors will showcase and sell their wares at the Arts and Crafts booths.
In the Kids Village, Capital One Bank, in partnership with First Line Schools will provide information to parents who are interested schools and programs. There will be gardening demonstrations and other activities for kids to learn about healthy eating from farm to table.
The entire weekend has something to offer for everyone!
No outside food, drinks or pets will be allowed on the festival grounds.