It's that time of year again! It is the one day a year Jefferson Parish opens the grounds of its most historic military site!
The last remaining building of the important Civil War fortification will be open for tours. Several vendors and exhibitors will be present, including representatives of state parks and other Louisiana history museums and sites. A scale model of the large Camp Parapet facility, as it existed in the 1860s, can be viewed.
There will be period music, period dancing, and military re-enactors representing both sides of the US conflict.
Camp Parapet served both the Confederacy and the Union during the war as a defensive position to protect New Orleans.
It is also a location of significance to local African American history. Escaped slaves gathered near the site and some of the first African American soldiers were headquartered there.
Music will be played each hour, commemorating the various flags that flew over the site, culminating with the national anthem as Old Glory is raised, signifying the the end of the war and the reunification of the the country.
Located a block off of Causeway Blvd, between Jefferson Highway and River Road, on Arlington Avenue.
Parking available on the Causeway neutral ground parking lot.
Admission is free. Learn more here.