This year’s Anba Dlo Halloween festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the New Orleans Healing Center will feature an evening of entertainment preceded by an educational symposium, united by the theme of L’Eau de Vie, or “The Water of Life.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall, from The Lens, will moderate the symposium on “Coastal Restoration, Costs, and Climate Change/Subsidence: What to Do if the Scientists Are Right?” The symposium’s three panel discussions will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul, inside the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. A light lunch will be served, first-come, first-served.

The Halloween costume parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Mimi’s, 2601 Royal St., and loop around Washington Square to Elysian Fields and St. Claude, arriving at the Healing Center about 7 p.m. The parade will be led by the Radical Faeries, with the Cherry Bombs, Star-Steppin Cosmonaughties, Roux La-La, Pussyfooters, Skinz n’ Bonez and the Muff-a-lottas.

The nighttime festival from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. will include live music from 14 bands and two DJs, along with other performers offering burlesque, acrobatics, face and body painting, psychic readings and more. There will be a midnight ceremony to mark the unveiling of a water sculpture designed by April Livingston, who also is doing the poster art.

Anba Dlo is Haitian for “beneath the waters” and is meant to acknowledge and honor the importance of water in our lives. Half of the proceeds will go to New Orleans Community Outreach, which gives low-income residents free access to the Healing Center’s resources. NOCO is serving survivors of human trafficking and homeless youth by providing them with mental health therapy, financial literacy counseling, health services, job training and more. It also provides services for the general public, including a recently launched family reading program.

Tickets are $25 for general admission or $45 VIP. For information, visit