JOLIET, IL – In three weeks, if the weather cooperates, New Orleans North Downtown Joliet festival should bring a crowd of at least 9,000 people. This year's event will bring the biggest food court to date, staff at the Joliet Chamber of Commerce told Patch during Thursday's interview.
This is Joliet's eighth annual event this year. The party goes off 5-11 p. Friday, June 7. The Mardi Gras festival takes place along North Chicago Street, between Jefferson Street courthouse and the main public library branch on Clinton Street.
"Last year we had 9,000 people. I think this is the biggest food court we've ever had," said Kelly Baltas, Joliet Chamber member events director. "We will have twelve food retailers this year."
There will also be stilt walkers and magnets walking along Chicago Street.
"It is an entertaining entertainment evening," said Baltas.
One of the sellers will be new food Cajun Boil & Bar, the new restaurant in the open process within Louis Joliet Mall. Joliet Patch wrote this story about Chajun Boil & Bar in March.
Other food sellers include Pizza Stone Stone Parmeseans in Frankfort as well as Beef Shack's restaurant on West Jefferson Street which opened last November. Carnivale Food Truck from Chicago, BBQ Smokin from New Lenox and Southern Comforts will Chuck from Darien.
Band Band Joliet Bob O 'Dekirk, Hot mess, it will take to the stage. Other evening entertainment will be included Big Shoulders Brass Band from Chicago and The Big Lagniappe from here in Joliet.
2 Alleys offer Music Street
This year the town center in New Orleans North will have two different ages offering acoustic music. 3 C Compassionate Care, one of the sponsors of new events for the Bar Houka Alley, is the medical marijuana dispensary located in Joliet and announced that plans to relocate to one of the empty Empty buildings are near Louis Joliet Mall. "The houka alley was new last year," Baltas said.
In 2018, one of the founders of New Orleans North, Joliet's businessman, Jeff Thompson, died from a heart attack. The upcoming New Orleans North on 7 June will honor his memory through “Thompson's Tap,” adding a huge beer garden from Van Buren Street, which will include string lighting, picnic tables and trees provided by The t Fields Nursery off Plainfield Road. Thompson's Tap will show dueling pianist and will bring live jazz music for the night.
"It will be really fun," said Baltas with Joliet Patch Thursday.
Tickets for Sale Now
You must be at least 21 years of age to meet New Orleans North. Entrance tickets will be sold at the event for $ 10. However, if you buy your tickets in advance, they are $ 7. You can buy them at some Joliet area businesses including Great American Bagel's. Essington Road, Johansen & Anderson on Plainfield Road, TCBY in Shorewood, Downtown Joliet Chamber Office on North Chicago Street and the First Midwest Bank Branch on West Jefferson Street from Inwood. Tickets are also available online on the Chamber website.