The Friends of Tremé Culture (FOTC), a non-profit community organization, will host the 7th Annual Tremé Fall Festival with a Patron Party on Thursday, Oct. 13 and an outdoor festival on Saturday, Oct. 22. 

The purpose of the festival is to highlight the rich culture and history of the Tremé community and raise funds to help with the extensive repairs of St. Augustine Catholic Church and to help the struggling music and cultural groups stay alive and functioning.

Partnering with the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the Oct. 13 Patron Party will be held at the museum located at 400 Esplanade Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees will have access to all of the museum’s exhibits while enjoying the music, food, beverages and open bar. This year the festival will honor the Andrews family (James, Troy, and Lois) with music provided by Reginald Moses and James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars. A variety of auction items will be available. Discounted entrance tickets are available for a limited time and can be purchased by visiting tremefest.org.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22,, a second line parade in the Tremé neighborhood will kickoff the festival. Representatives from various culture groups such as the Baby Dolls, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs along with Sheriff Susan Hutson and other political supporters will be a part of the procession. The second line will end on the grounds of St. Augustine Church in the 1100 block of Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls Streets where the festival activities will begin.

The outdoor festival will feature food, crafts, and music performances by The New Orleans Groove Masters (featuring Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, & Jason Marsalis), Erica Falls, Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots, Lil Freddie King, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars with Naydja CoJoe, and the Andrews Family Brass Band. A Kids’ Tent, involving coconut painting, umbrella decorating, line-dancing, and more, will be available for both the kids and their parents to learn and enjoy. The festival is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to have Patrick Henry as the artist for our limited-edition poster for this 7th Annual festival. He has captured the Andrews family along with the many cultural groups and beautiful Tremé neighborhood in this one-of-kind poster” said Naydja Bynum, President of the Friends of Tremé Culture organization. She added, ”we are also glad to continue working with Artist Terrance Osborne who works as our poster consultant and mentor for our young artists.” The poster will be available to purchase on the website and in person at the patron party and festival.

To understand the needs that will be supported by FOTC, festival goers will be able to view the damage of St. Augustine Church from the front door. The festival will end on Sunday, Oct. 23 with a gospel mass to be held in the hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

The Tremé Festival is made possible by its title sponsor, Liberty Bank, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, along with other sponsors, including the New Orleans Parish Sheriff Office, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Hot Buttered Soul and others. 

To learn more about FOTC and the Tremé Fall Festival or to purchase patron party tickets, the limited-edition poster or to donate, please visit tremefest.org. 

The New Orleans Tribune

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