New Orleanians can do some of the things they do best — dance and costume — for a cause at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade's third annual Dance-A-Thon fundraiser. "We're inviting everybody to come out and dress up as their favorite fairy tale or 'flarey tale' — some mashup of the petrochemical industry and fairy tales — however they want to interpret it," says Bucket Brigade Art-to-Action coordinator Kristen Evans. Dancers will learn Bollywood and hip-hop moves during Dance-A-Thon dance lessons and enjoy musical performances by Africa Brass, BateBunda and DJs. The 12-hour marathon features food from local vendors, games, contests and costumes reflecting this year's environmental justice-inspired theme: Flarey Tales. Prizes will be awarded to registered participants who raise the most money, have the best dance moves and wear the best costumes. The grand prize winner receives tickets to a New Orleans Saints game. The Dance-A-Thon runs from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Cafe Istanbul. Registered dancers must raise at least $45 to participate. Dancing also is open to nonmarathoners. Admission is $10 at the door.
All proceeds benefit the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental health and justice organization that assists communities located near oil refineries and chemical plants. This year's fundraiser honors the St. Rose community, where in June, the Lousiana Bucket Brigade surveyed residents who reported illnesses and the presence of a chemical odor. The source of the smell was identified as sulfur compounds from crude oil refining at area chemical facilities. Visit www.labucketbrigade.org for details.