I couldn’t wait to experience this new fest! With my background in design and advertising, and my love for New Orleans, I had to jump right in to the action and started helping where I could. I began working along with the other residents and merchants of Oak Street to plan the first annual New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival and to make our vision of Oak Street a reality.
The Oak Street Association works together to improve Oak Street’s appearance and safety, to preserve our historic integrity and local culture, and to attract, support, and promote diverse, sustainable businesses.
We have accomplished many goals since I have become a part of the Oak Street family. A $5.4 million road reconstruction project was just completed with updates including the replacement of sewage and drainage lines, uncovering original cobblestones, laying new asphalt and sidewalks, maintaining street name tiles, installing bike racks, benches and trees.
Now that the renovation is complete we want to show off our historic and newly renovated Oak street and our wonderful merchants! We invite the city of New Orleans to celebrate with us every 3rd Thursday of each month. We have many ideas for “3rd Thursday on Oak” and are always looking for other organizations to parter with. We have visions of costume contests, po-boy strike reenactments, car shows, film nights, dog day afternoons, holiday themed events and all street garage sales. Along with our monthly feature, a New Orleans festival is not complete without music, food and refreshments for all ages! The next 3rd Thursday is on October 15th from 5-8pm. Come check it out and say hi!
Po-Boy Fest photos by Zander White // 3rd Thursday photos courtesy of Oak Street