Los Angeles, CA—The City of Los Angeles paid homage to the historical migration of Creole and African American families from Louisiana by officially designating a section of Jefferson Boulevard as the “New Orleans Corridor.” This significant recognition commemorates the settlement of these families in Los Angeles during a period of intense turmoil in the South.
A star-studded lineup of dignitaries and musicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, gathered for the celebration. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was also among the esteemed guests.
The highlight of the celebration was a captivating FREE concert on the main stage, set in front of the iconic Harold & Belle’s Creole Restaurant, located at 2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. As a cornerstone of creole food and culture in the Jefferson Park district, Harold and Belle’s played a significant role in the event. The restaurant has been a main attraction since its establishment. Following his father’s legacy, Harold Jr. and his wife Denise took over the ownership and operation of the restaurant, infusing it with their own unique vision.
The festivities featured captivating performances by renowned artists, including Grammy Award-winning trumpeter from New Orleans, Irvin Mayfield, three-time Grammy-nominated artist Terrace Martin, and an ensemble group led by Grammy Award-winning L.A. natives Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy II. The three-hour event was skillfully emceed by TV/radio personality Dominique DiPrima, adding her dynamic presence to the occasion.
To add a touch of New Orleans flair to the celebration, a special “Second Line” procession took place down Jefferson Boulevard and through the newly designated “New Orleans Corridor.” Second Line Shorty, a revered cultural bearer, joined the delegation that traveled from New Orleans to Los Angeles to participate in the street naming ceremony.
The designation of the “New Orleans Corridor” on Jefferson Boulevard signifies the enduring cultural ties between New Orleans and Los Angeles. It stands as a tribute to the historical journey of Creole and African American families, acknowledging their resilience and contributions to the city’s diverse tapestry.
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