African-influenced New Orleans customs are celebrated during the Congo Square Rhythms Festival. The event is held at Congo Square, New Orleans, where enslaved Africans and free people of color performed singing, dance, and drumming on Sundays. The free event has gumbo, African dance and drumming, live music, and an artisans market.
Live jazz, funk, brass bands, gospel, and blues will celebrate African diaspora New Orleans traditions. A Congo Square Rhythms Festival without African drumming and dance and the Mardi Gras Indian clash of the tribes is incomplete. Visitors may shop the Arts Market for bright, distinctive handicrafts between sets. A second-line procession may extend the celebrations into the evening!
In addition to great food and music, there's an Arts Market with a range of products to buy and kids' activities. Locally manufactured and unique objects will fill art marketplaces.