The Boogaloo Goes On Rain or Shine...
Founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina, the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo has shown its commitment to New Orleans through rain or shine, and the 2015 festival is no different. The event is scheduled Friday (5pm-9 pm), Saturday (11 am - 9 pm), and Sunday (11 am - 8:30 pm) rain or shine. Please show your passion for the Bayou Boogaloo and all the great things New Orleans has to offer.
2015 MCVG Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl (7th Annual)
Fundraiser for MotherShip Foundation and The Mid-City Volleyball Group
$20.00 suggested donation
8:45 a.m. to ~2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015
Bicycle rentals are available from Wheel Fun Rentals (if arranged ahead of time) located at the boat house near Big Lake in City Park. You can rent bikes by the hour or for a half day or full day, and a helmet and lock come with the bicycle. More information can be obtained by visiting their www.wheelfunrentals.com website or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Manager John Fryhling can also be contacted at (504)300-1289 or cell (612)532-5296. We’ll be passing through City Park (right by Morning Call Restaurant) on the way from stops 1 to 2, so you out-of-towners without a bicycle can join in the procession easily by acquiring a bike from this rental place not far from the New Orleans Museum of Art.
1. 8:45a.m.-9:30a.m. at The Banks Street Bar & Grill, 4401 Banks St. Banks Street Bar & Grill is one of the oldest continuously running "corner bars" in Mid-City. It gained world-wide attention soon after Hurricane Katrina by reopening long before electricity was available via city services. The venue hosted some of the finest musicians in the Big Easy using generators and candlelight! These days, the Banks Street Bar & Grill has experienced a renaissance as owners since 2007 have had a successful partnership with Mid-City Pizza and now with Clesi's Seafood that exploded on the scene this year. When asked what made owner Richard Fendley most proud of his establishment, he immediately replied “enormously expanding the lineup of a wide variety of live talent every night of the year to a packed house of music lovers of all kinds.”
2. 9:45a.m.-10:30a.m. at Liuzza’s by the Track, 1518 N. Lopez St. Nestled in Faubourg Pontchartrain, which is a part of the larger Faubourg St John, this neighborhood bar is just a couple blocks from the Fair Grounds. The corner watering hole caters to the race track crowd for much of the year then at Jazzfest time serves as a post-festival rendezvous spot for those that want to keep the party going. The building is actually a historic landmark, and rumor has it that famed female jockey Rosie Nepravnik would hang out here quite often before she decided to retire to raise a family. The place is legendary for its barbecue shrimp po-boy, but the other food offerings are delectable, and just wait until you taste their homemade Bloody Mary!
3. 10:35a.m.-11:20a.m. at Pagoda Café, 1430 N. Dorgenois St. The Pagoda Café is a charming Australian-style café that was opened in October 2013 by New South Wales native Dan Etheridge. What is an Australian-style café, you ask? It’s one that opens early and closes early, is committed to serving fresh locally-grown foods, and is inviting to bicyclists and everyone else that seeks a beach-shack atmosphere (even though there is no beach anywhere nearby). The eclectic mix of food stems from the ethnic diversity of its staff and includes influences from Puerto Rico, Texas, Morocco, Vietnam and India with a good dose of New Orleans thrown in. They don’t serve alcohol, but they offer a wonderful assortment of fresh juices, and rumor has it their ginger concoction goes really well with gin.
4. 11:25a.m.-12:10p.m. at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar, 1931 Orleans Ave. The cat appears to be out of the bag: The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar is fast earning a reputation as one of the city’s finest blues clubs in town. Calling it a blues club is a bit of a misnomer, though. This neighborhood bar is operated by the daughter of Jesse Hill and often features grandchildren James Andrews, Troy Andrews, Glenn David Andrews and Trumpet Black. Don’t let the good-natured bar owner Miss Judy fool you, she’s got some serious chops, too! The musical line-up features soul and brass band music as well as blues, and the owners definitely keep the pulse, or perhaps provide the pulse, of Tremé. The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar is inviting us back for a second straight year, and there’s no telling what they have in store for our rolling krewe of fun-seekers.
5. 12:15p.m.-1:00p.m. at The Broad Theater, 636 N. Broad St. Do you ever wish that the days of the neighborhood theater would return? The Broad Theater will eventually be a four-screen movie theater located one block off the Lafitte Greenway. The Spanish colonial revival building once housed the old Charitable Bingo Hall for Developmentally Disabled Children, as well as the heating and plumbing company Sciambra & Masino and, in more recent years, the New Orleans Boxing Club. The renovation project is not yet complete; nevertheless, owner Brian Knighten is opening his doors to give riders a “sneak preview” of the coming attraction. The theater will feature both Hollywood and independent material, and the plan is to serve tasty yet affordable food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. It sounds great to me!
6. 1:05p.m.-1:50p.m. at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, 732 N. Broad St. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club will once again be the grand finale of the 2015 MCVG Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl. Just thinking of the Zulu Club puts a grin on my face like the broad smile of Louis Armstrong. The Pinstripe Brass Band always seems to appear to whip us into a frenzy as if five stops beforehand isn’t enough to get us going. The Zulu headquarters is a historic and enchanting place, and veteran pub-crawlers know that it doesn’t really get any better than this. Zulu, here we come! As Louis Armstrong would say, “What a Wonderful World.”
7. 1:55p.m. arrive at Bayou Bicycles and the Bayou Boogaloo. Bayou Bicycles, a stalwart Mid-City business for seventeen years, is once again providing offsite bicycle parking for festival goers. Look for the Specialized Bicycles tent just to the left of the bike shop’s entryway. Please support this local business as they have supported the Bayou Boogaloo and The Mid-City Volleyball Group for many years now.
To get an accurate head count for the bicycle ride, please register on-line at www.midcityvolleyball.org or contact Peter Hickman (preferably by e-mail) before 5/16/15:
Peter Hickman cell: (504)427-1207, e-mail: email@example.com
Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Boogaloo the best one yet!