WYES documentary New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres Nov. 15_lowres

Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman.

Next year is the New Orleans Tricentennial, and events are beginning to ramp up to mark the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. A documentary, New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres on public television station WYES-TV tomorrow night, produced by WYES veteran documentarian Peggy Scott Laborde and narrated by John Goodman.

The documentary will air at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WYES, with repeats on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

WYES also is producing a series of "Tricentennial Moments" that will run during its regular programming. More information under the jump.


New Orleans: The First 300 Years includes interviews with Grammy award-winning singer Irma Thomas; former New Orleans Council Member-at-Large Jacquelyn Clarkson; Bruce Boyd Raeburn, executive director at Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive; bandleader Deacon John Moore; Jason Weise, associate director, Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection; author Walter Issacson; and WWNO radio host Gwen Thompkins-just to name a few.

A rare 1981 interview with playwright Tennessee Williams is another highlight. Williams talks about the influence New Orleans had on him and his career. New Orleans: The First 300 Years is produced by Peggy Scott Laborde. Director is Larry Roussarie. Associate producers are Kelsi Schreiber and Burke Bischoff. Principal photographer is Dave Landry.