For over a decade now, New Orleans honors one of its best known in great style with the Satchmo Summerfest. Louis (“Satchmo”) Armstrong was born on August 4th, and every year one of the very best summer festivals in the world is organized on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint at the boundaries of New Orleans’ French Quarter to remember one of America’s greatest jazz legends.
The location is not so far from the famous French Market, and this year’s festival officially will run from August 1 through August 4. Keep in mind though, that some events tend to start a few days earlier.
Last year’s celebrations started off with the Satchmo Art Festival, and that really was a crowd pleasing event. A whole lot of jazz icons and other celebrities came to honor Louis Armstrong and helped to entertain the crowds in the best way possible. A huge crowd also gathered in Armstrong Park to celebrate at the Satchmo Birthday Party.
Throughout the weekend there are three stages of Jazz music on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint. The music includes genres such as traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands. You also can find sponsors’ presentation areas, stands with classic New Orleans meals and loads of “Satchmo” merchandise.
One of the celebration’s highlights is when people pack into St. Augustine Church on Governor Nicholls Street, to participate in the heralded Jazz Mass where, upon conclusion, the crowds of people dance into the streets to join in the second-line parade to the festival. If there’s one celebration in August to head down to New Orleans for, it definitely is the Satchmo SummerFest. For more information, please check out the official website at www.satchmosummerfest.com