NORMAN – Mardi Gras lovers don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate. They can don colorful costumes and masks, enjoy great food and music, and support one of the community’s most beloved annual festivals at Meet Me on Bourbon Street.

The annual spring fundraising event for Jazz in June, Norman’s free, three-evening outdoor music festival now in its 28th year, is slated for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.

Like last year, Meet Me on  Bourbon Street coincides with the Norman Mardi Gras Parade.

“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 Farrel  Droke. “We're excited Meet Me on Bourbon Street has become a favorite among Norman jazz fans. It embodies the same fun, relaxed environment as our concerts, so those who attend will not be disappointed."

This year’s Meet Me on Bourbon Street celebration features local Dixieland jazz legends The Civilized Tribe, led by Jazz in June festival veteran Brian Gorell.

Tickets for Meet Me on Bourbon Street are $25 online at www.jazzinjune.org or $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older.

 Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman. From its humble beginnings, Jazz In June has developed into a much-anticipated annual event. Today, approximately 50,000 people attend the festival to listen to some of the country’s best singers, songwriters and musicians.

For more information about Meet Me on Bourbon Street and Jazz in June, visit www.jazzinjune.com or call 325-2222.

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