Tremé is known for its live music culture, second line parades, Mardi Gras Indians, Zulu Mardi Gras Krewe, and being the home to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Tremé is where many culture bearers were born, reared, or honed their craft.
HFTA aims to promote these many attributes and build upon residents and visitors cultural experience in Tremé so that everyone can understand why we are called the cultural cradle of New Orleans.
So come on down in the Tremé where me and my baby are all going crazy, buckjumping and having fun!!!
New Orleans African-American Museum
The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood which is very appropriate since Treme is the oldest surviving black community in the United States. Established in 2000, the mission of NOAAM is “to preserve, interpret and promote the African American cultural heritage of New Orleans, with a particular emphasis on the Tremé community.
Jazz & Heritage Headquarters
The Headquarters for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is located where else but Treme. Many may not know, but the festival started in the Treme neighborhood and many of the stages are named after Treme places of interest. Picture shown is of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center completed in 2015 as a venue to promote the arts and live music culture. The Center is named for the producer who started Jazz Fest.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, Baby Dolls, and Skull and Bone gangs. The museum’s filmed records of over 500 events constitute the most cohesive archive documenting these cultural traditions.
Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum
Founder Al Jackson grew up in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, and has made it his life’s work to study New Orleans’ musical history. A visit to the museum will provide an insider’s glimpse of the influences, legends, and historical events that gave rise to the music that has kept this community’s, and the world’s, feet tapping since 1895.
Louis Armstrong Park
Louis Armstrong Park is a 32-acre park located in Tremé. The park contains the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Congo Square, and part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
It is home to many festivals including the Jazz in the Park weekly live music productions on Thursdays at 8pm.
In the southern corner of Armstrong Park is Congo Square, an open space where slaves and free blacks gathered throughout the 19th century for meetings, open markets, and the African dance and drumming celebrations that played a substantial role in the development of jazz. Local voodoo practitioners still consider Congo Square a spiritual base and gather at the Square for rituals.