Meet Me on Bourbon Street

Meet Me on Bourbon Street

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Main Street transforms into Bourbon Street this Saturday night for a parade featuring an Olympic gold medalist, live music and much more!
It's part of Jazz in June in Norman.
Chairwoman Anne Roberts visited Fox 25 Studios to tell us more about it.

Information below from event organizers:

Two-time Olympic gymnastic gold medalist Bart Conner is slated to reign as king of Jazz in June's "Meet Me on Bourbon Street," scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 1 at Shevaun Williams & Associates Commercial Photography, 221 E. Main St.

Jazz in June's 2014 festival lineup is to be announced during the event.

This year's Meet Me on Bourbon Street" coincides with the 20th Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade. Conner, accompanied by Boyd Street Brass, a seven-piece brass ensemble, is scheduled lead the parade when it begins at 7 p.m. at the intersection of South Jones Avenue and East Main Street. They will march for the first full loop of the two-square-block parade route.

Meet Me on Bourbon Street revelers are invited to don colorful costumes and masks, enjoy Mardi Gras-themed food and get into a jazzy frame of mind with live music by Boyd Street Brass.
"The parade and the Meet Me on Bourbon Street party provide the community with two fun events on the same night with fantastic Mardi Gras synergy," said Jazz in June president Michael Lewchuk.
Tickets for Meet Me on Bourbon Street are $50 per person and are available at http://jazzinjune.org/. Attendees must be 21 or older. 

Shevaun Williams and Associates, Republic Bank & Trust, Transcript Press, Thunderbird Liquors, and Fancy That Restaurant, Wine and Cocktails are Meet Me on Bourbon Street sponsors.
For more information about Meet Me on Bourbon Street and Jazz in June, visit http://jazzinjune.org/ or call (405) 325-2222 <tel:%28405%29%20325-2222>.

About Jazz in June
Now in its 31st year, Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman. Today, it is one of the community's most popular annual events. Past performers include David Sanborn, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Paquito D'Rivera, Larry Coryell, Parker Millsap, Duke Ellington Small Band, Chuck Mangione, Poncho Sanchez, T.S. Monk III, The Justin Echols Jazz Trio, Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Watermelon Slim.

About Bart Conner
Bart Conner is the only American male gymnast to win gold medals at every level of national and international competition. He won two gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, one as a member of the U.S. team and another with a perfect score on the parallel bars. He has been inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Conner holds a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he earned 14 NCAA All-America honors and led his team to two NCAA team titles. With his former OU coach, Paul Ziert, Conner owns the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy and several other gymnastics-related business interests.

About the Norman Mardi Gras Parade
The Norman Mardi Gras Parade is Norman's only night parade and Oklahoma's only Mardi Gras Parade since 1994. Participants include schools, families, businesses, bands, dogs, jugglers, dancers and musicians.
This year's theme is Let's Come Together/Que l'on se Rassemble!, a tribute to both 20 years of the Norman Mardi Gras Parade and 50 years since the Beatles, one of the most iconic bands to influence American music and culture, first performed in the United States. Jeanne Flanigan, the parade's founder and a local artist and art teacher, is scheduled to serve as the 2014 honorable queen. Ed Kearns, a longtime Norman arts supporter, is to serve as the honorable king.

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