Winona Dixieland Festival

A crowd listens to youth performers at a previous Winona Dixieland Festival. This year's event will take place July 13.

If you are hearing “When the Saints Go Marching In” on Saturday, July 13, you are most likely at the 32nd annual Winona Dixieland Festival.

This and other music made famous by Louis Armstrong and others from New Orleans will echo throughout the Winona State University campus.

The festival is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and last until 7 p.m. Music will be by the gazebo on the WSU campus.

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Among the artists are The Blue Ox Jazz Babies from Mankato, with Hall of Fame banjo player, Debbie Schreyer; the nationally known Barbary Coast Dixieland Band from Minneapolis, and the Gate City Jazz Band from Winona. Jim Radloff, one of the top ten finalists in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, will play ragtime during band set-up.

The festival has been prepaid for by donations, so feel free to come and go, before and after Shakespeare performances or other events.

The Upper Mississippi Jazz Society has arranged to bring this music from the lower Mississippi to the campus of Winona State University by the gazebo. This is a great site with green grass and shade trees. Hamburgers and soft drinks will be available on site by Jefferson Pub & Grill catering. There is free parking on streets or in parking lots. Please bring your own chair. In case of rain, the event will be in the Science Laboratory Building.

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