Don't worry about a thing, as long as you don't call that thing 'Marley Gras.'
After the NOLA Caribbean Festival announced on Jan. 1 that it would be holding its first jerk chicken festival, it caught the ire of Marley International.
The original event was billed as "a mixture of the best of New Orleans Carnival culture and Jamaican culture for Bob Marley's birthday."
Another one for the calendar: "Marley Gras," a celebration of all things jerk chicken in hon…
After the initial post, which was shared over 700 times, festival organizers received "very threatening" correspondence to cease and desist using Marley's name and likeness, or "all legal channels" would be pursued. They have since changed the logo, which originally featured the reggae icon.
The festival's new logo is now all chicken and the name is now NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival, but nothing else has changed, according to a press release.
According to the festival's description, the Marley theme remains strong.
"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. The NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival celebrates Bob’s legacy in a way only New Orleans can," reads the page.
The event will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets can be purchased from the event's website, and the festival will take place at Central City BBQ (1201 South Rampart Street).