By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – The colors and symbols of New Orleans and Mardi Gras make up the logo for Tupelo’s newest festival, NOleput.
The logo, painted by Sue Scruggs, spells out NOleput in a trumpet, crawfish, ribbons and beads in green, purple, black and gold. It was unveiled Tuesday at Fairpark.
NOleput will be April 5 beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Tupelo, near the Ice House. The festival is a revival of the Mardi Gras theme of the 1990s-era Oleput Festival, though organizers of the original festival have emphasized they’re not involved.
“When I designed this I wanted to bring the designs of New Orleans to Tupelo,” Scruggs said.
The festival will last all day on April 5 and will include two outdoor stages of entertainment.
Some of the bands who will perform at NOleput include Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy, Mink Brothers, Holy Ghost Electric Show, Bonfire Orchestra, Feedback, 20 Mile, Forefront and Secret Hair.
Exact lineup and times will be announced later, said organizer Melonie Kight, and entertainment will last well into the night.
“We’ll have all kinds of genres of music,” Kight said. “There’ll be something for everyone.”
The Ice House will be the festival’s VIP section, and more bands will play in there.
“This will be a great, festive and fun occasion,” said Mayor Jason Shelton.