105 years in the making – New Orleans comes to South Florida Fair
Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association
West Palm Beach, Fla. –– The South Florida Fair is bringing its own version of Mardi Gras to life — complete with elaborate floats, daily parades, colorful bead toss, and Louisiana-style entertainment and food — as it carries out a spectacular New Orleans theme for the 2017 fair, Jan. 13-29 and celebrating its 105th year.
The SFF continues to pay homage to its original roots as an agricultural attraction with live stock and equestrian events, and competitions showcasing the county’s agricultural past in an urban setting. The midway has grown to amazing an amazing……
In addition to its amazing midway and the ever popular fried foods, the special feature this year will be New Orleans cuisine, including fried catfish and boiled crawfish. A special feature will be Chef Landry who hails from Louisiana. He will entertain audiences by bringing an interactive show of Cajun cooking, stories, jokes and authentic bayou cuisine.
The fair’s entertainment will include the legendary Dr. John, a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His blend of snaky rhythms, Crescent City funk, and voodoo flair make him one of the city’s prime musical ambassadors.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose name is derived from the venerable Preservation Hall, located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, will bring the unmistakable sound of the Crescent City, performing its vibrant, enthralling, and irresistibly danceable style of New Orleans Jazz.
A number of New Orleans-styled bands also will perform. The band, Crawdaddio, brings the spirit and rhythm of the bayou to life with its driving zydeco beat. Funky Gumbo, a zesty, good time jazz band, will lift the audience’s spirits with toe tapping streetbeats, familiar swing tunes, and New Orleans rhythm and blues. The Jazz Phools are devoted to the energetic performance of hot jazz of the 1920s and 1930s, Dixieland classics, and New Orleans second line jazz — all delivered with vintage flair. The Orlando-based band, The Porchdogs, has been known as “Florida’s Mardi Gras Band” since 1992. They specialize in Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, two styles of music that developed in southern Louisiana among the Cajun and Creole people.
Additional entertainment will include professional singers who will impersonate B.B. King, Harry Connick Jr., Fats Domino, Louis Amstrong and Irma Thomas.
Multiple ice skating shows themed “New Orleans on Ice” will take place daily and the fair will set up a replica of historic Jackson Square, one of the most popular attractions in New Orleans’ French Quarter, where local artists create artwork and show their work on the square’s iron fence while visitors enjoy nearby merchants, museums and restaurants.
The 105th Annual South Florida will be held at the Fair’s permanent home located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in suburban West Palm Beach between the Florida Turnpike and Rte. 441. Complete information about dates, times, fees and special events visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com or call (561) 793-0333.