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Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

Oak Street Po’ Boy Festival The Oak Street Po’ Boy Festival highlights not only the importance of the po’ boy itself, but also the rebirth of a once-thriving shopping district with roots as deep as the neighborhood itself. Carrollton was a separate city until it was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, and Oak Street was its commercial hub. Every year in November, tourists and locals alike gather on Oak Street to enjoy the flavors and rich history of the po’ boy, Oak Street, and the city of New Orleans. History of the Po’ Boy The history of the iconic New Orleans sandwich, the po' boy, is steeped in rich tradition. Originating in the late 1920s, during a streetcar strike, the sandwich was created as a way to support struggling workers. The term "po' boy" came from the name "poor boy," representing the working-class individuals that the sandwich was made for. The classic po' boy consists of French bread, typically filled with fried seafood like shrimp or oysters, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo. Over the years, the po' boy has evolved to include various fillings, reflecting the vibrant flavors and cultural influences of New Orleans cuisine. Today, it stands as a beloved culinary symbol of the city's history and culinary heritage.