The first annual Ignition Festival brought a carnival atmosphere to an “urban oasis” in New Orleans East over the weekend. The Burning Man-style event–organized by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus– featured an array of art installations, many of which doubled as stages for the various artists (mostly DJs) that performed throughout the fest. Saturday night drew the largest crowd of the weekend, as hundreds of costumed attendees gathered to watch a giant wicker wookiee be consumed by flames. Despite a statewide burn ban, a few more creations were also put the fire as the night progressed, including a wooden replica of the Superdome. It was an event unlike any other in the New Orleans area, and we can only hope that it grows in size and scope in the years to come.
All photos by Caitlyn Ridenour and Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbe. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.