Tank and the Bangas perform at the Anba Dlo festival at the New Orleans Healing Center.
includes a symposium focused on water issues and a Halloween festival featuring live music, a costume parade, a midnight Voodoo ritual and more. The free event is Saturday Oct. 17 at the New Orleans Healing Center
The festival takes its name for the Haitian creole term meaning "beneath the waters." The event starts with its annual Water Symposium (noon - 4 p.m.), which examines New Orleans' relationship with water from scientific, civic, artistic and spiritual perspectives. Travers Mackel moderates the event, and Propeller's mentoring program will hold a pitch contest at the symposium.
A Halloween costume parade will include the Radical Faeries, Cherry Bombs, Star-Stepping Cosmonaughties, Roux La-La, Pussyfooters, Icons for Peace, Otter and the Pony Girls, Skinz N Bonez, Muff-A-Lottas, BateBunda and Gang Flag Vern. It begins at 6 p.m. at Franklin Avenue and Royal Street, heads to Frenchmen Street and ends at the Healing Center.
The festival features music by Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, 101 Runners, BateBunda and others and burlesque performances by the Primrose Dolls. There also are art installations, psychic readings, crafts, food, acrobats, interactive experiences and water altars.
A portion of festival proceeds benefits A Studio in the Woods and Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic.