King Cake Festival Announces Entertainment and Raffle

6th annual event adds new options to the day's fun

NEW ORLEANS – The 6th Annual King Cake Festival, taking place Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Champions Square, offers new options for a fun-filled day that benefits programs and patients at Ochsner Hospital for Children. This year’s musical entertainment features four great headline acts, among others. Dwayne Dopsie, Marshland, One South Lark and Phil Melancon will perform as fest-goers sample unique, interesting and delicious king cakes from bakeries across the region.

Ochsner’s Blood Mobile will be in Champions Square for those wishing to help Ochsner patients in this tangible way. Anyone donating blood will receive a free t-shirt.

For those wishing to escape life’s hustle and bustle without the headaches of travel, a fantastic new Staycation Vacation Raffle* may be just the ticket. The Staycation Vacation Winner will receive gift certificates for nine of New Orleans’ best hotels. Raffle tickets may be purchased in the merchandise tent at the Festival or online at KingCakeFestival.org. Winner will be announced March 1, 2019 and need not be present. Staycation Vacation raffle tickets are $10 each. Gift certificates are for stays at The Ace Hotel, Brent House, The New Orleans Collection, Old 77 Hotel, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, Royal Sonesta and The Westin.

Twenty-six bakeries, great music, the new raffle and more make the family-friendly festival bigger than ever in 2019. Entrance to the Festival is free and open to the public, with sales from food and beverage tickets, raffle tickets and merchandise benefiting Ochsner Hospital for Children. King Cake Festival 2018’s 14,000 attendees raised more than $250,000 to support services such as the Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development, which opened last fall.

And as always, those looking to burn calories before indulging can participate in the King Cake Festival Rep Run and Fun Run, both of which step off immediately before the Festival opens. The 4.5K Rep Run includes nine unique workout stations with up to 25 reps each led by Ochsner Fitness Center instructors. The family Fun Run/walking parade is one mile around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and costumes are encouraged. Discounted registration for the races is now available online here.

The 2019 King Cake Festival is generously supported by presenting sponsor Winn-Dixie, a grocery store that has been proudly serving the greater New Orleans community for more than 60 years. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact specialevents@ochsner.org for more information.

Once again Ochsner is offering the “I Got the Baby Circle,” a sweet deal for families that includes two Adult VIP Tickets, two All-Access Child VIP/GameZone Tickets and 20 tasting tickets. Additionally, members of the I Got the Baby Circle will be recognized on the King Cake Festival website.

More information, including a full list of participating bakeries and performers, along with advance ticket sales and raffle details, is available at http://kingcakefestival.org/.

*Staycation Vacation Rules - Winner shall assume and be responsible for all local, state and federal taxes, including without limitation all applicable sales, use, luxury, income and special taxes as well as insurance as required by law. The winner shall be subject to any and all applicable withholding taxes as required by the I.R.S. and other local and/or state governing taxing authorities based upon the taxable value of the Grand Prize. Ochsner shall complete and provide the required W-2G. Raffle ticket purchases (game of chance) are not tax-deductible.

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Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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