Events & Schedule

Events & schedule for the 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Fest. Check back for 2014 information.

Festival Date, Time, and Location

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Oak Street between Carrollton Ave & Leake Ave. 
• Leonidas to Plum St
• Children's Village @ St. Andrews Episcopal School 
• New Orleans, Louisiana
• Free admission

Festival Opening Ceremony 9:30 am: Oak St. at Carrollton.

Please join us for the offical Oak Street Po-boy Festival Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 24th at 9:30am

  • Presentation of the Oak Street Po-boy Festival by Festival Grand Marshall
  • Blessing of the Po-boy by Father Herb (Mater Dolorosa)
  • Cutting of the Po-boy 'Ribbon' by Hank Staples (Festival Producer)
  • 2013 Grand Marshall: The Whistle Monsta!  


More better fest!

We're always improving and this year will prove no different! This year's festival is designed for a much smoother pedestrian flow. Plan on exploring the entire 8 blocks from Carrollton to Eagle and down Leonidas to Plum Street! We're adding a new Food Truck Village on Leonidas and there will be brass band music at the corner of Plum & Leonidas St. This year we'll have multiple new eating areas/beverage centers just steps off Oak St. for you to sit and enjoy your sandwiches. Look out for the main dining area + Parkway Tavern, Bratz Y'all and Bayou Girls Po-Boys in the Advocacy Center parking lot on the corner of Oak & Cambronne St. Thirsty? Just like last year, drinks come to you via roving beer vendors.


Kid's World

Parents: the Kid's World is back, located on the beautiful campus of St. Andrew's Episcopal School located at 8012 Oak Street @ Carrollton. Kid's World admission is $3 per child or 2 non-perishable food items for the 2nd Harvest Food Drive.


History Center

Located at Parish House, Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 1200 Block Dublin Street

12:00 to 12:30 - First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa

Celebrate the 84th anniversary of the Poor Boy with the two families responsible for its creation following the 1929 streetcar strike. Family members tell stories about the founding fathers of the poor boy sandwich and the poor boy loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.

Featuring: Gendusa & Martin family members
FREE Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)

12:30 to 1:00 - Russian Cake History Celebration, Part One

Celebrate and taste the traditional New Orleans Russian Cake while learning about its history as well as which local bakeries still offer this delicacy.

Featuring: Michael Mizell-Nelson
FREE Tasting Samples: donated by Haydel’s Bakery

1:00 to 1:30 - On a Mission: The Daughters of Charity at Carville, An Exploration into Advocacy

What the world came to know simply by its postal address, Carville, was home to those afflicted with leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) from 1894 until its closure in 1994. Hear how the Daughters of Charity worked to ensure patients received basic necessities and helped to make the Home into a world-renowned research facility.

Featuring: Reagan Laiche

1:30 to 2:00 - The Immortal Woman of New Orleans: Margaret Haughery, 1813-1882

Come learn about the "Bread Woman," Margaret Haughery. You have probably passed her statue many times at the triangle at Prytania and Camp Streets in the Lower Garden District. Find out how this poor Irish-immigrant widow became an entrepreneur and earned the gratitude of New Orleanians.

Featuring: Adrienne Luck

New Carrollton History

Premiering this year’s latest Carrollton History Project research conducted by University of New Orleans History Graduate students.

Available as tours via

2:00 to 2:20 - Palmer Park

Featuring: Kevin McQueeney

2:20 to 2:40 - Civil War Armies in Carrollton

Featuring: Rhett Breerwood

2:40 to 3:00 - Russian Cake History Celebration, Part Two

Celebrate and taste the traditional New Orleans Russian Cake while learning about its history as well as which local bakeries still offer this delicacy.

Featuring: Michael Mizell-Nelson
FREE Tasting Samples: donated by Haydel’s Bakery

3:00 to 3:20 - Carrollton Dairies: Creating a Culture of Dairy & Cheese in New Orleans

Featuring: Lacey Cunningham

3:20 to 3:40 - Carrollton Cemeteries

Featuring: Sarah Hartje

3:40 to 4:00 - Ben Franklin High School: 50 Years since Integration

Featuring: Graham Cooper

4:00 to 4:20 - The Integration of Dominican High School

Featuring: Elise Comiskey

4:20 to 4:40 -The Cold Generation: The New Wave of New Orleans

Featuring: Denice Richard


Preserving the history of the Oak Street business district and the Carrollton neighborhood is a long-term project undertaken by graduate students in University of New Orleans’ Public History seminar since 2008.

History Center programming is produced by graduate students enrolled in the seminar. This year’s class members are Rhett Breerwood, Elise Comiskey, Graham Cooper, Lacey Cunningham, Sarah Hartje, Kevin McQueeney, Denice Richard. Mary Ann Wegmann serves as graduate assistant.

Their Carrollton research can be seen via online story sites and tours available at Those with smart phones may download the free mobile app version by selecting the appropriate link: Apple or Android (Google Play).


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