7:00 PM, June 23rd: Island of Salvation Botanica and La Source Ancienne Ounfo present the annual St John’s Eve Headwashing Ceremony on the Magnolia Foot Bridge over Bayou St John in honor of Marie Laveau . A headwashing is a form of Vodou Baptism. St John’s Eve celebrates the birthday of John The Baptist and is one of the holiest days in the Vodou calendar. Open and FREE to the public.
Please wear all-white with a white headscarf that can get dirty. Please bring an offering for Marie Laveau. She likes: Creole dishes, hair ribbons, barrettes, hair dressing tools (she was a hairdresser), blue and white candles, flowers, Voodoo-esque potions, gris-gris bags, etc.
Bayou St. John Footbridge, Sallie Ann Glassman proceeds over offerings to Marie Laveau in the rain. Partial footage with plastic bag over camera giving interesting effect. Filmed and edited by Greg Rhoades