In May 1917, a devastating fire destroyed 300 acres in the Old Fourth Ward. Such trauma seems like an unlikely catalyst for celebration, but this past May residents debuted Fire in the Fourth, designed to honor the neighborhood’s resilience and celebrate its more recent revitalization from 20th-century blight. As if tempting fate, fire belched from a 15-foot-high metal sculpture of a bull, blazed from batons twirled by street dancers, and was gulped by fire eater Timothy Mack of the Imperial OPA Circus. fireinthe4th.com
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.