New Orleans imagery figured heavily in Beyonce's "Formation" video, which dropped from the skies on a Saturday during Carnival, but the video wasn't actually shot here–if you're not counting licensed footage from the short documentary That B.E.A.T featured in the clip. However, many spotted Beyonce filming something here in December, and New Orleans fans finally got their reward in the form of "Lemonade," Bey's stunning visual album that features spots in New Orleans and around Louisiana. Here, we've mapped them for you; if there's any we're missing, please send us a tip or let us know in the comments.Read More
Mapping the Louisiana Locations in Beyonce's 'Lemonade'
Madewood Plantation House
According to NOLA.com's Keith Marshall, Beyonce shot the ethereal latter half of "Lemonade" at the Henry Howard-designed Madewood Plantation House in Napoleonville. Those scenes feature some New Orleans cameos in the form of legendary Creole chef Leah Chase and a Mardi Gras Indian girl dancing around a dining room table for some reason.
While many shots were filmed at Madewood Plantation House, "Lemonade" also features some shots at Destrehan Plantation, including this shot of the home's sprawling balcony.
If you recognize this location, it's likely because it was also the mysterious "Carcosa" on the Louisiana-shot first season of "True Detective." In "Lemonade," Beyonce wafts around in a gown and belts out a New Orleans-flavored country tune. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Macomb was built in 1822 and was occupied by Confederate forces in the Civil War before the Union took over.
Photographer Brent Knepper identified the parking garage in "Lemonade" from the "Achoo" tag as the CBD's Royal Parking.
Beyonce was seen filming something in the Superdome in December, so the New Orleans contingent of the Beyhive was a bit confused to not see the Saints stadium in "Formation." But now we know the ever-confounding Beyonce had something better up her sleeves, and the Dome is featured in the beginning of "Lemonade" and in some cute footage of Blue and Jay-Z at the end to show that everything's OK in the Knowles-Carter family.
As they did in "Formation," via licensed footage, the marching band and dancers of Edna Karr High School appear again marching through an Algiers neighborhood.
St. Claude Avenue
Toward the end of "Lemonade," there's some cutesy shots of couples around New Orleans. Here is a couple on St. Claude Avenue at Mazant Street, near the art gallery The Front.
With "All Night" playing in the background, this shot makes Bourbon Street look unusually romantic.
Various New Orleans neighborhoods
"Lemonade" features shots of New Orleanians in their neighborhoods, spending time with their families, hanging out on porches, at a jazz funeral, and more.