Stories of the Battle of New Orleans

January 23 2014 | news

Zulu’s Lundi Gras Celebration

Lacoste’s Free Men of Color and Carroll’s Tennessee Militia Share Their Stories of the Battle of New Orleans at Zulu’s Lundi Gras Celebration

On Stage

Did you know that the free men of color battalions fought alongside Tennessee militia and Choctaw Indians to defend New Orleans from the British? This example of cooperation is one of the themes that will mark the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield in January 2015. Revelers at Zulu’s Lundi Gras celebration will hear the remarkable story that led to the American victory at the Battle of New Orleans from local youth living history re-enactors. Throughout the year, these students from Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School Army JROTC and Chalmette High School Air Force JROTC worked with National Park Service rangers studying the significance of the battle and the role that New Orleans’ free men of color, Tennessee militia and women played and they are ready to share their stories.

Festival goers will step back in time to an 1815 “Militia Camp.” They will see Lacoste’s Free Men of Color Battalion and Carroll’s Tennessee Militia prepare for the arrival of the British and learn why large numbers of Louisiana’s free men of color and even larger numbers of men from Tennessee volunteered to serve under General Jackson in the defense New Orleans. Children can join the ranks and take command of a soldiers training session. They can assist camp followers and try their hand at making a fire from flint and steel, one of the essential skills for all women who followed the troops, or hone their coordination skills with a fast paced game of Graces.

Upon King Zulu’s arrival, Lacoste’s Free Men of Color Battalion and Carroll’s Tennessee Militia will muster and march to the Mississippi River where they will fire a musket salute to the King and his krewe.

When: March 3, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Near Children’s Stage

What's New

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc. is proud to announce the popular local R&B group Big Frank & Lil Frank will be returning to the Lundi Gras Festival this year. You can see their performance on the Golden Nugget Stage on…


Our Lundi Gras Festival includes a huge lineup of talented artists:

  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Zulu Ensemble
  • The New Orleans Mystics & the Ladies of Soul
  • Original Pinettes Brass Band
  • DJ Jubilee
  • Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Amanda Shaw
  • The All Stars from Santiago de Cuba Dance Group
  • Big Fred & Lil Fred
  • Pin Stripe Jazz Band
  • DJ Polo
  • ...and many more

Our Lundi Gras Food Vendors will add great taste and flavor to your day:

  • The Praline Connection
  • Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine
  • Ajun Cajun
  • Bunnie’s Famous Seafood Dip
  • Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant
  • Lil Dustin’s Italian Ice
  • Your Sweet Cakes
  • The Original New Orleans Po-Boys
  • ...and many more
VIP Seating
VIP Seating

VIP Seating in front of the King Zulu stage.

All day reserve seating in front of the King Zulu Stage. Enjoy the great entertainment and witness the arrival of King and Queen Zulu up close. You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. 


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