Just beyond Fulton Street is Festival Park. True to its name, it is a festive area that celebrates the good life! In Cajun, that means, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
At the center of Festival Park is the massive Federal Fibre Mills Building, an historic warehouse where the Miller Beer Garden is located, as well as Jed's Riverview. On the first and second floors of the building is the Louisiana Folklife Pavilion, an on-going festival of food and music - ranging from Texas swing and Cajun Zydeco to Creole Gumbo and hot boudin!
Nearby is the 1200 seat blue and green Jazz and Gospel Tent, where a revolving stage features the non-stop rhythms of jazz, blues, gospel, Cajun, bluegrass, and rock 'n roll. A short distance away is the American Showcase Tent, one of fifteen performing areas at the Fair, where marching bands, baton twirlers, theatrical companies, and dancers from around the world and across the nation perform daily.
Festival Park's Italian Village is a huge area that recreates the romance and atmosphere of Venice. An open piazza, filled with tables and gaily striped umbrellas, is alive with opera singers, flag twirlers, strolling musicians, and puppeteers. Within the four restored warehouses that border the piazza are craftsmen and chefs plying their trades and preparing their specialties such as delicate Italian pastries and ices, hearty pasta and pizza, Venetian glassblowing and Florentine leather works.
"Rain Towers," a monumental water sculpture by Helen Escobedo of Mexico is also located here, as is the second Monorail Station.
|Festival Park was a mixture of styles, from the futuristic walkway to the historic Federal Fibre Mills Building. (CD #1 Set 2 #33)||
|The air-conditioned monorail was a popular way to see the Fair. Each train consisted of 10 cars, traveling on a 1.6 mile beam that crossed much of the grounds. After the Fair ended the system was sold to Miami's Metrozoo, where it remains in operation today. (CD #3 Set 6 #32)||
|The Federal Fibre Mills Building stands at the rear of Festival Park. It was built in 1904 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. (CD #6 Set 13 #57)||
|Another view of Festival Park, with the Monorail station on the left. (CD #6 Set 13 #29)||
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