The annual Halloween festival features live music, costumes, a parade and more. The term Anba Dlo means "beneath the waters" in Haitian Creole patois, and has both literal and spiritual meanings. The festival's Anba Dlo Water Symposium features panel discussions about the Mississippi River, the levees and water issues.
There are two music stages and the lineup includes Rotary Downs (pictured), John Mooney, New Orleans Suspects, Henry Butler, Africa Brass and others. Performers also include acrobats and burlesque dancers, and there are interactive art installations, psychic readings, an art market, prizes for costumes and a midnight Voodoo ceremony. The Halloween costume parade will be led by the Radical Faeries and several marching clubs. It departs at 6 p.m. and returns to the New Orleans Healing Center at 7 p.m.
The Anba Dlo Water Symposium features two panel discussions about regional water issues moderated by Bob Marshall, formerly of The Times-Picayune and currently a reporter for The Lens. At noon Saturday, artist Robert Tannen, Tulane University Law School professor Mark Davis, sustainable design consultant Joe Evans and University of New Orleans biologist Don Blancher discuss water shortages and competition for access to fresh water supplies. At 2:10 p.m., environmental scientist Denise Reed, National Wildlife Foundation Louisiana director David Muth and others discuss the proposal to redirect the Mississippi River below New Orleans and the environmental and social impact of such a diversion. Admission to the symposium is free and free lunch is available while supplies last. — WILL COVIELLO