Foundation for Louisiana Co-Hosts Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade

Foundation for Louisiana Co-Hosts Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade

Community Second Line Parade to Culminate with Block Party at Ashe Cultural Arts Center

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 18, 2015) – In commemoration of ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation for Louisiana will co-host with the Katrina 10 Commemoration a traditional second line parade spanning uptown and downtown New Orleans. The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately 5:15PM on August 29 and will culminate with a public block party outside of Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) from 6:30 to 8PM.

“This second line parade is meant to be a cultural showcase that celebrates New Orleans, its resilience and the incredible spirit of its people. As we continue to work together to rebuild our city ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we want to honor our hard-fought progress and reinforce our commitment to continuing measurable progress toward making New Orleans a just and equitable city,” says Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO and President of the Foundation for Louisiana.

The parade will include two lines – an uptown line that marches at 5:15PM and starts at Booker T. Washington High School (1201 S. Roman Street), and a downtown line that marches at 5:30PM and starts at Louis Armstrong Park (corner of Basin Street and S. Peters). The two parade lines will meet at Charity Hospital then march together to the K10 Commemoration: Power of Community event at the Smoothie King Center, stopping briefly as the event is ending (approximately 6:30PM). At the conclusion of the Power of Community program, attendees will be invited to second line out of the Smoothie King Center, joining up with the traditional second line groups from uptown and downtown New Orleans. The merged second line parade will culminate in a public block party outside of Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. until 8PM. Beverage stations will be positioned at various points along the parade route. Community groups participating in the Downtown parade line include The Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club, The Treme Side Walk Steppers, The Free Agents Brass Band, The Hot 8 Brass Band and To Be Continued Brass Band. Participants for the Uptown parade line include Young Men Olympia Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Distinguished Achievable Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Women of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, The Sons of Jazz Brass Band and The Young Pinstripe Brass Band.

Citizens are encouraged to bring their handkerchiefs and umbrellas, and join the second line, as well as the subsequent block party at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The block party will feature live music by Brass-A-Holics and a variety of local food trucks, including Cocoa and Cream Catering, Nola Foods, Café Reconcile, Ms. Ackie’s, Stop Jockin Snowballs, Grillin Shillin and more. Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. will be blocked off at Felicity and Terpsichore streets from 5 to 10PM for the block party. Transportation will be available from the block party back to the Smoothie King Center.

For a detailed parade route, please see page 3 of this document. Interviews with Foundation for Louisiana representatives are available upon request. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Sarah Federer at or 504-324-4242. Event information is also available at

About the Foundation for Louisiana

The mission of Foundation for Louisiana is to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide. For more information, visit

About Katrina 10

The “Katrina 10: Resilient New Orleans” commemoration effort will mark the official 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2015. Katrina 10 is an effort to reflect on the lives and property lost during the most expensive disaster in this nation’s history, honor the thousands who helped New Orleans recover, and celebrate the work and successes the city has seen in creating a more resilient future.

Leading up to the anniversary, Katrina 10 will bring together local and national leaders, policy experts, community members and the media for a series of events throughout the summer that examine the history of the city, the progress made since Hurricane

Katrina and the challenges that remain, along with the strategies employed to address them. For more details, visit