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Fried Chicken Festival returns Sept. 23-24 

Big Freedia, Motel Radio and Kristin Diable headline the festival in Woldenberg Park

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The National Fried Chicken Festival brings a kickoff parade with Casa Samba, a chicken-eating contest, live music and fried chicken to Woldenberg Park.

  There is a live music stage and a DJ stage. Saturday's lineup includes Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Kristin Diable & The City, Sean Ardoin and Zydekool, Los Po-Boy-Citos and DJ Raj Smoove. On Sunday, there's Big Freedia (pictured), Big Sam's Funky Nation, Motel Radio, Partners-N-Crime and the Big Easy Band, DJ Quickie Mart and DJ Captain Charles.

  Food vendors offer fried chicken, hot wings, fried chicken livers, chicken and waffles and chicken in tacos, banh mi, sliders, gumbo and more. Local vendors include Bonafried, Dat Dog, Dunbar's Creole Cuisine, Frencheeze Food Truck, McHardy's Chicken N' Fixins, Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, The Original Fiorella's Cafe and Willie Mae's Scotch House. There also is Gus's Fried Chicken from Memphis, Hattie's Restaurant from Saratoga Springs, New York, and Boxcar Bettie's from Charleston, South Carolina.

  There's also a kids' tent, misting lounge, festival bike ride, VIP area and more.

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