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Preview: Anba Dlo Festival

The annual Halloween fest and water symposium takes place Oct. 17 at the New Orleans Healing Center



The Anba Dlo festival takes its name for the Haitian Creole term meaning "beneath the waters." The Halloween celebration starts with its annual Water Symposium (noon to 4 p.m.) and in the evening there is a costume parade, live music, a midnight Voodoo ritual and more. The costume parade includes the Radical Faeries, NOLA Cherry Bombs, Star-Steppin' 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 New Orleans Healing Center. There's music by Tank and the Bangas (pictured), Sweet Crude, 101 Runners, BateBunda and others and burlesque performances by the Primrose Dolls. The event also includes art installations, psychic readings, crafts, food, acrobats, interactive experiences and water altars.

  The symposium 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. A portion of festival proceeds benefits A Studio in the Woods and Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic. Admission is free.

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