Santa makes a stop in the Marigny with a creative way to see him safely.
Santa makes a stop in the Marigny with a creative way to see him safely. With the holidays in full swing, the team at JAMNOLA announced new additions to their 12-room exhibition, including Santa in a giant snow globe, through Jan. 3.
Santa’s ready for socially-distanced visits and pictures at JAMNOLA, along with over-the-top holiday decor. Santa or one of his many elves will pop up at JAMNOLA Wednesdays through Sundays in December.
“The costume closet at JAMNOLA has been turned into Santa’s workshop,” said Jonny Liss, JAMNOLA co-founder. “And you can actually come down with the kids, and you can see safe Santa.”
JAMNOLA, which stands for joy, art and music, is an interactive museum that opened in the Marigny this summer. Now, it’s decorated for the holidays with new exhibits to make this season a little more merry.
“I’d like to think of it as a cultural funhouse,” Liss said.
Liss says more than 20 local artists played a part in this showcase of New Orleans culture.
“We said how can we bring large doses of joy to this city based on music and art and especially in the middle of the pandemic,” Liss said.
From bayou life to second lines, each room tells a story about what makes this city so unique.
The Krewe of Krampus rolls in with one of their parade floats telling to sides of a tale warning those who have been naughty.
“You know it’s not just all about getting presents,” Krewe of Krampus founder and captain Mike Esordi said. “It’s also, hey, if you been a bad person then there’s also consequences.”
Chances are you know someone who took a picture with Fred Parker. An exhibit pays tribute to the city’s 7th Ward Santa, also known as Chocolate Santa, who passed away earlier this year.
“We actually reached out to the family and let them know that we were doing this, and they were grateful,” Liss said.
Another tribute to New Orleans music legends past and present are immortalized in one room. And it’s all backed by a local soundtrack — a playlist curated by legendary musician George Porter, Jr. of The Meters.
“It’s a wonderful presentation of New Orleans…another look at what we do here,” Porter said.
For more information about JAMNOLA, visit the website.
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