Bucktown was established over a hundred years ago as a fishing village along the 17th street canal. Bucktown has been somewhat of an enigma, straddling the boundary of New Orleans and Jefferson parish unlike anywhere else in the well defined city, with both sides peacefully claiming the village as part of their own. A variety of entertainment venues hugged the lake in Bucktown with brothels, bars, restaurants and dance halls coexisting alongside the boats. Mother nature however has not been very kind to Bucktown, virtually flattening it 6 times, with the most recent being Katrina.
After the storm, the fleet of fishing boats and trawlers formerly docked along the canal were relocated to the Bonnabel boat launch, after the Army Corps of Engineers took over the mouth of the canal to install a new pumping station. So finally with the money from the storm and the impetus to build, the Bucktown Marina came to life after the initial proposal to build it in the 1960’s. To celebrate, the Bucktown Bash was held today, complete with bands, food, kids activities and the Blessing of the Fleet at noon. Here are a few pictures…
The Marina sign
There was a $5.00 entry fee, and temporary fencing was erected
There were vendors and booths selling tickets for food and drinks
The crowd got thicker as the afternoon progressed
There was a kite building tent that the kids were enjoying
About a dozen vendors were selling food, drinks, beer, daquiris and snowballs
The boats were decked out for the blessing of the fleet in 4th of July bunting
The Navy brass band was having fun
The Bucktown Allstars had the crowd on their feet dancing
Happy 4th of July!