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Netroots Nation 2018 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 2nd-4th

It’s official: America’s largest annual gathering of progressives will be heading to the Big Easy next year during the first few days of August.

Chuck Rocha, who memorably inspired attendees of Netroots Nation 2009 in Pittsburgh with a powerful, well-received speech, just announced onstage that New Orleans will be the host city for next year’s convention.

“We plan on standing on levees! We plan on standing in Ward 9 when Netroots Nation comes to New Orleans!” Rocha declared.

Jubilant Netroots Nation staff then joined Rocha onstage, tossing beaded necklaces into the hall for attendees to catch.

Netroots Nation 2018 will be in New Orleans

Netroots Nation 2018 will be in New Orleans

The venue will be the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; lodging will be offered through the Hilton Riverside.

“The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful,” the center’s website proclaims. “With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.”

The convention center is “steps away” from the French Quarter, which should make for a great AFTer party scene each night following the end of scheduled activities.

The convention will remain in the month of August for a second straight year (it is always in June, July, or August). Thursday, August 2nd will be the opening day of the 2018 convention and Saturday, August 4th will be the closing day.

If you’re interested in attending, you can register at the early-bird rate here.