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Old riverboat to float down MS River, become jazz joint in New Orleans

7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, October 31 2017 Oct 31, 2017 October 31, 2017 1:28 PM October 31, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – A rare sight will soon pass – more like float – along the levee and down the river.

A shuttered casino riverboat will be sent from Evansville, Indiana, to New Orleans. The boat will eventually be a floating jazz club and restaurant paying homage to Louis Armstrong. It'll be docked somewhere in New Orleans after its long voyage from upriver.

The Evansville Courier & Press newspaper reported this week, a casino opted for a new, land-based operation, leaving behind the boat.

The riverboat first opened in 1995 and became a “landmark” in Evansville – a city along the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana.

The boat is reportedly set to move from there, down the Ohio River and into the Mississippi where it'll eventually arrive in New Orleans later. Before it leaves, though, the smokestacks will be removed so it can easily pass under bridges along the route.

It was not immediately clear as to when the boat will pass through Baton Rouge or where in New Orleans it will be docked.

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