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The Missing Chord

Storytime: The Adventures of the Swamp Kids – The Missing Chord by Leif Pedersen

It’s Confetti Park Storytime! In this episode, we hear Louisiana-born big band leader and children’s author Leif Pedersen narrate The Missing Chord, the very first book of the Swamp Kids series. The Swamp Kids are friends and bandmates who live in Bayou Bleu near Mamou, Louisiana. Led by Pierre a le Gator on fiddle, the musical […]

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Sunpie Barnes CD cover

Bruce Sunpie Barnes: The magic of my father’s music

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear a childhood music memory from Bruce Sunpie Barnes, the talented and multifaceted blues harmonica player and zydeco accordionist from Louisiana. In addition to leading the zydeco band the Louisiana Sunspots, Bruce has had a long career as a ranger and naturalist at the Jean Lafitte National Historical […]

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Kids radio show “Confetti Park” debuts on WHYR 96.9 FM on Sunday, July 17

Kids variety show and podcast out of New Orleans features locally spun children’s music and stories showcasing the diverse cultures and sounds of Louisiana. On Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m., a children’s radio show called “Confetti Park” will hit the airwaves of Baton Rouge on WHYR 96.9 FM. “Confetti Park,” hosted by Katy Hobgood […]

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Dolphin

Storytime: Adolpheaux, the Adventurous Dolphin by Tommie Townsley

In this episode of Confetti Park, children’s author Tommie Townsley of Lake Charles, Louisiana narrates the story of Adolpheaux, the Adventurous Dolphin. In this Cajun animal tale, a small dolphin bravely sets out to discover what human beings are all about. His curiosity leads to an amazing alliance between himself and a sister and brother […]

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Ms. Chocolate

A childhood music memory from Ms. Chocolate about spirituals

Ms. Chocolate, also known as Gwen Williams, is a storyteller and a singer who grew up in Louisiana. Many of her favorite stories and songs she shares with children today are the true memories and gathered songs from her own childhood in rural parts of central Louisiana. Church, family, school, and life in the country […]

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Little Laveau by Erin Rovin

Storytime: Little Laveau, a magical bedtime story by Erin Rovin

It’s storytime from Confetti Park! In this episode, we hear the sweet and clever tale of Little Laveau, narrated by the author, Erin Rovin. Little Laveau is an enchanting little bedtime story set in the Louisiana bayou. Laveau is a lovable character who draws on her deep family roots and the magical environment for inspiration as she helps […]

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Pizza Poetry Project

Pizza Poetry Project encourages writing by New Orleans school kids

Question: What’s better than getting a hot pizza pie delivered to your front door? Answer: Getting a hot pizza pie delivered with a side of poetry! LISTEN TO POEMS BY NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL KIDS Anyone ordering a pizza in the city of New Orleans on April 15 got a bit of lagniappe with their pie… they […]

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Doreen Ketchens wails on clarinet on a street in New Orleans. Photo used with permission from http://doreensjazz.com/

Music Memory from clarinetist Doreen Ketchens

Walking down Royal Street on a sunny afternoon, you are very likely to find Doreen Ketchens wailing on her clarinet, leading an enthusiastic band and delighting passersby with her vibrant personality and bold, joyful sound. Doreen has been called “Queen Clarinet,” “the female Louis Armstrong,” and “Lady Louie.” She has a quick smile, an easygoing […]

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