New Orleans opens night market with carnival-like atmosphere
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans has unveiled its newest night market, a carnivallike experience at the intersection of Bourbon Street and Canal Street.
The $10-per-person carnival was unveiled Monday morning in the West End neighborhood, and the market will operate through Friday night.
It features carnival games and contests.
The carnival will feature carnival animals, rides, and games for children ages 8 to 12.
Carnival officials said they hope it will help build relationships with businesses and families in the neighborhood, while bringing a new layer of excitement to the market.
The market was named after a French legend, and will feature the sounds of old-timey brass bands and the sound of fireworks.
The vendors and games will include carnival favorites, such as horseshoes, horseshoe races, and pinball machines.
The carnival is free to enter.
More than 50 vendors, including a carnierie, a bodega, a bakery, a bar, a movie theater, a hair salon, and more, will be selling items such as hot dogs, burgers, hot dogs with cheese, and other items.
The marketplace will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the fireworks display set to start at 4:30 p.M.
The event is free for all ages, but children ages 6 to 12 will be allowed in.
The city is hosting the market, which was funded by a grant from the New Orleans Economic Development Authority.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the carnival has been one of the city’s top priorities for the last few years, and is a perfect fit for the city that is celebrating its centennial this summer.
“We are thrilled to partner with the City of New Orleans on this event and continue to build upon our legacy of innovation, growth, and economic development,” Landrieus said in a statement.