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Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
Long Beach, California, USA
Late June
Known as a popular family event, the Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival once again brings both the party atmosphere and the food delicacies of a New Orleans Mardi Gras to Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach, CA for its 27th year on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2013. Hours are 11:00 am - 9:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am - 8:30pm on Sunday. Info: 310-217-4196, longbeachbayoufest.com. Featuring two stages of music with blues and zydeco and Cajun music, plus continuous dancing on a large covered wooden dance floor, and quick and easy dance instruction for all ages, the festival also boasts a festive costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a colorful French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etoufee, hush puppies, red beans and rice and other Cajun & Creole delicacies, plus coffees and desserts. With crawfish and watermelon eating contests for the whole family, the Kids Bayou Tent also has extensive childrens activities include making costumes, masks and umbrellas for the mardi gras parade, arts and crafts, storytelling, magic, sing-a-longs, kids shows and more. In addition the Teen Corner has games and activities for older kids.
SATURDAY: Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues, Pine Leaf Boys, Sai Whatt Band, Bernie Pearl, Blue Dice, T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band, Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Bayou Brothers, Sweet Baby Jai, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. SUNDAY: Big Jay McNeely, Sherry Pruitt, Ray Goren, Pine Leaf Boys, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, Seville, Artwork Jamal, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Jo Jo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band, and New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band
Rainbow Lagoon Park
use address: 295 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802 or Shoreline Drive & Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Sat, 11:00 am - 9:30 pm Sun, 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Admission & Parking
Tickets: Adults: $25/advance, $30/gate Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30 at the gate Students (ages 13-17): $15, Children 12 & under: free VIP ticket: $65, includes backstage access at the New Orleans stage, seating, 1 meal and 2 drinks. -Parking in lot across the street for $10

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