Marley clan clamps down on festival
The Marley family has reportedly stepped in to prevent a New Orleans-based company from using the name Marley Gras to promote their jerk chicken festival.
The NOLA Caribbean Festival has announced the inaugural Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival will now be known as the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival after receiving correspondence from the late reggae star’s family promising legal action if they didn’t remove Bob Marley’s name and likeness from the festival.
“New Orleans and Jamaican culture are so intertwined that it’s only fitting that Bob Marley’s birthday falls smack dab in the middle of Mardi Gras season,” their website reads. “The NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival celebrates Bob’s legacy in a way only New Orleans can, blending the best of both cultures with a fantastic stable of national reggae bands and DJs, as well as New Orleans’ own top brass bands performing Bob Marley hits brass style.”
The festival, set for February 11, will take place with a fresh logo and promises “the best of New Orleans carnival culture and Jamaican culture”.