The 2016 Boogaloo will offer…
- The Paddle Battle Boat Races
- Boat Decorating Awards
- Boogaloo’s Bank & Bayou Clean-Ups
- Pop Up Hoop Jam
- Epic Bubble Making
- Bicycle Pub Crawl
It’s easy to see that our festival’s setting on Bayou St. John is one of the main thing that makes it so special. As we come together to enjoy this urban waterway, we hope you’ll agree to the following principles to party responsibly.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Dispose of Waste Properly (Contain Your Litter On Boats)
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Impacts
- Respect Wildlife (Flora & Fauna)
- Be Considerate of Others
Visit the Leave No Trace website to learn more.
2016 Paddle Battle!
Boogaloo’s Bank & Bayou Clean Ups
Pop Up Hoop Jam & Epic Bubble Making
Pop Up Hoop Jam: Join hula-hoop expert, Jennette Ginsburg, of Hey Now Hooping, for this fully interactive, all-play Hoop Jam. Jennette will be showing off her hoopdance moves and giving one-on-one instruction to get everyone hula-hooping and hoopdancing! If you think you “can’t”, you probably just haven’t had the right hoop (or the right teacher). Jennette’s specialty hula hoops make it easy to learn and easy to keep the hoop going! The Pop Up Hoop Jam is open to all ages/ sizes/ abilities, and hula hoops are provided.
Epic Bubble Making: You’ve never seen bubbles like this before! The Hey Now Hooping team will be using their handmade bubble wands to make GIANT bubbles. Check out this interactive program to see, make, and pop some epic bubbles!
8th Annual Mid-City Volleyball Group Bicycle Pub Crawl
$20.00 suggested donation
Saturday, May 21, 2016
~8:45 a.m. to ~2:00 p.m.
You are responsible for providing your own bicycle and helmet. The route is short and the pace is slow: the goal is to have a good time as we appreciate our city on the way to the Bayou Boogaloo. It is a fundraiser for both MotherShip Foundation, which puts on the Bayou Boogaloo, and The Mid-City Volleyball Group, which invites all to play volleyball at the location of the Bayou Boogaloo practically every weekend of the year except during the festival. We ask for a $20.00 donation for the ride, and along the way you will be treated to some free food, music, and local history. Both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks are available at each stop for purchase.
Gathering point: any time before 9:00am at the Bicentennial Monument, 127 Elk Pl. Meet at The Bicentennial Monument, which is on Elks Pl between Tulane Ave and Canal St. Meander along the neutral ground reading the flat stones that commemorate 84 historic events, people or places of New Orleans’ past. Originally this monument contained 100 stones, but since 1976 forty years of tree growth and storms have devastated the monument. Thanks to the streetcar line that was recently built along Elks Pl, the monument has been restored and is a tantalizing reminder of New Orleans’ many contributions to the United States of America. The organizers will be collecting paper work (alas, liability waivers must be signed) near the giant head that’s lying on its side. You’ll know what I mean once you see it…
Transition #1: 9:00a.m.-9:15a.m. We’ll ride past some famous, and infamous, landmarks on our way to the first pub. We’ll be riding down S. Rampart Street past abandoned buildings that were once pivotal places in the development of Jazz. Our special guest, Brent Rose, may be able to offer more insight into the importance of this city block. Brent is a musician that has played saxophone in numerous bands that have spanned many genres, and he now teaches music history as well as performance at UNO. Along the way, we’ll also be pondering New Orleans’ role in the domestic slave trade with a super-quick stop at a crumbling nineteenth-century slave pen in the Central Business District.
Stop #1. 9:15a.m.-10:00a.m. at Happy’s Irish Pub, 1009 Poydras St. By 9:15am I’m sure we’ll all be ready for our first drink. Happy’s Irish Pub has only been open for about five years, but it is in the historic building that for over one hundred years served as the location of Maylie’s Restaurant. This building was adjacent to one of the city’s largest public markets before the days of refrigeration and supermarkets. On the 17th day of each month, Happy’s celebrates St. Practice Day. That’s right, you can go to Happy’s Irish Pub monthly to make sure you’re not caught off-guard by copious beer consumption on March 17th!
Transition #2: 10:00a.m.-10:15a.m. We’ll ride past some more landmarks. We’ll take in a mural at the Holiday Inn on Loyola Ave, a statue in Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall, the historic Pythian Temple and cornerstones of I-10. Yep, portions of the interstate freeway were built longer ago than you think.
Stop #2. 10:15a.m.-11:00a.m. at Avery’s on Tulane, 2510 Tulane Ave. Owners Justin and Christy Pitard have created a funky little joint on Tulane Ave (across from the old Dixie Brewery) that’s still a secret to many. Local art, local music, and local food are always served at this cubby hole. For the pub crawl they’ll be offering peach bourbon lemonade, a special concoction to get our riders really rolling.
Transition #3: 11:00a.m.-11:15a.m. Uh-huh, more landmarks. We’ll take in the mansion of S.W. Green, then we’ll roll past or near three historic churches as we skirt the VA-LSU hospital complex. Urban renewal always comes at a cost.
Stop #3. 11:15a.m.-12:00p.m. at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar, 1931 Orleans Ave. For our third year running we’ll stop at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar. This charming neighborhood spot provides a vent hole for the music burbling out of Tremé. Unfortunately, despite consistently top-notch music and affordable drinks, the club has been struggling for business lately. Let’s show them our love and buy a cocktail to help keep them going. Have you ever tried their colorful potions like the Whip It on Me Pretty Baby?
Transition #4: 12:00p.m.-12:10p.m. A new bike path. We’ll take a quick ride up the newly opened Lafitte Greenway to get to Broad Street. The microbrewery that I expected to be open by this year’s ride did not come to fruition, but there’s another brewery further up the Greenway that will undoubtedly be a part of future rides.
Stop #4. 12:10p.m.-12:55p.m. at The Broad Theater, 636 N. Broad St. This historic Spanish colonial revival building recently opened as the Broad Theater. It’s intended to be a throw-back to the times when neighbors would gather together to watch films. This business offers somewhat unconventional food and drink to match their somewhat unconventional movies. There are four theaters, so don’t let the intimate setting fool you into thinking you won’t have options if you show up on a whim. For those who were on last year’s pub crawl, this will be an opportunity to see the transformation from construction zone to magical space as envisioned by owner Brian Knighten.
Transition #5: 12:55p.m.-1:00p.m. The world’s shortest bike ride. The Zulu Club is one minute away… if you happen to miss the light.
Stop #5. 1:00p.m.-1:45p.m. at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, 732 N. Broad St. It’s tradition now to end at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The Pinstripe Brass Band will play, there will be some complimentary food, and for the first fifty people to sign up for the ride there will be an authentic hand-made Zulu coconut. Zulu has been so great to us!
Transition #6: 1:45p.m.-1:50p.m. Straight shot up Orleans Ave to The Bayou Boogaloo, 500 N. Jeff Davis Pkwy. The Bayou Boogaloo is a mere half mile away, and there’s ample bicycle parking right at Orleans Ave. and the bayou, which is the midpoint of the Boogaloo.
To get an accurate head count for the bicycle ride, please register on-line at www.midcityvolleyball.org or www.thebayouboogaloo.com. You can also contact Peter Hickman, the organizer of the MCVG Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl, directly at [email protected] or (504) 427-1207.
The Mid-City Volleyball Group is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) social welfare organization whose mission is to create a safe public space in Mid-City New Orleans where residents can enjoy outdoor activity, reduce stress, and build community through the shared experience of playing beach volleyball.