As much a marketing opportunity as a citywide celebration, New Orleans' Tricentennial has gotten press from around the world. Tourism leaders have thrown many annual events (Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Luna Fete) under the umbrella of tricentennial celebrations this year, but there are a few events going on this week — the "official" 300th birthday — solely dedicated to the Crescent City entering its fourth century. For more information on all of them, visit the city's official website www.2018nola.com/events.
The Tricentennial is both a citywide celebration and a marketing opportunity for the tourism industry
Tue., April 17
Interfaith Prayer Service
7 p.m. • St. Louis Cathedral
The public is invited to this prayer service for people of all faiths.
Thurs., April 19
Arrival of Tall Ships
all day Woldenberg Park
The kickoff to NOLA Navy Week brings mighty vessels from the U.S. and the Netherlands to the Mississippi River — as well as 2,000 sailors to the city April 19-25. Free tours of the ships will be given to groups on the mornings of April 20 and 24, and anyone interested can board the ships and look around from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday). There also will be Navy band concerts during the week, as well as a seafood cookoff and other assorted activities.
- The Tricentennial Citywide Family Reunion in Armstrong Park will feature Mia Borders, Terence Blanchard and many other musicians.
Sun., April 22
Tricentennial Citywide Family Reunion
12 p.m.-5 p.m. • Armstrong Park
This festival and picnic will be coordinated with International Jazz Day, with a Tricentennial Stage featuring performances by Mia Borders, Ivan Neville and Friends, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers and other local acts. A jazz stage in Congo Square (starting at 2 p.m.) will feature Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ledisi and other guests.
Food and beverages will be on sale in the park, but organizers say people are welcome to bring their own food.
Tricentennial Dog Parade
11 a.m. • City Bark Dog Park New Orleans City Park
This day in the park for pooches and those who love them is presented by Gambit and NOLA City Bark. There will be a costume contest (pre-registration required), a photo booth, a food truck and beer for purchase from Port Orleans.
New Orleans Saints mascot Gumbo will lead the parade, and there will be a brass band. People are welcome to bring picnic materials and hang out with a DJ after the parade. Register at www.bestofneworleans.com/dogparade.