Quint Davis today announced the lineup for Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard, a free four-day festival along the Mississippi River between Jackson Square and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The event features 49 bands on four stages, 12 parades and 17 restaurants serving 54 dishes. It kicks off Jan. 31 and ends Feb. 3.
Performers include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Amanda Shaw, Charmaine Neville, Bonerama, Papa Grows Funk, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Soul Rebels, Pine Leaf Boys, The Iguanas and dozens others plus, parades and second lines from social aid and pleasure clubs and Mardi Gras Indians. Visit the website for the full schedule.
The Super Bowl numerals (XLVII) will float on a 100-foot-long barge on the river, and the NFL Network, Chevron, and XBox will have interactive tents. The park will open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
"The mission (the Super Bowl Host Committee) gave us was to present the culture of New Orleans to the world," Davis said. "If you come here and don't have fun, you got off the wrong plane." Tomorrow, Davis will announce the lineup for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.