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On November 22, 2009, New Orleanians celebrated one of their most beloved sandwiches: the po-boy. The 3rd Annual Po-Boy Preservation Festival celebrated the role that the po-boy has played in New Orleans' culinary culture. With 40 food vendors, two stages of music and an artists' village, the street was packed with people enjoying a Sunday of food and entertainment.
Many locals told their stories about Katrina and their joyful return to New Orleans. They danced, laughed and cried about being back home just to have a po-boy sandwich, and all of these things are tied into the city's effort to celebrate and revitalize New Orleans.
The festival also highlighted the ongoing revitalization of the Oak Street business corridor, which was designated as a National Main Street in 2006 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and as a Louisiana Main Street by the Department of Historic Preservation. In 2009, the festival drew in record crowds, bringing over 25,000 people to Oak Street.
L. Martin is publisher of NOLA.Tv
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