by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Interesting news for people out there that loves jazz music, the blues, or anything to do with New Orleans and their lively festivities. New Orleans will be holding their French Quarter Fest from April 11th to April 14th. The best part about this festival? It’s free entry. Some people say that this festival is better than their Jazz Festival. There will be a new stage added to the festivals already 23 venues. There will also be 60 food booth venues that offer local cuisine.
In fact, the whole festival supports local musical performances. The venues and stages will be located along the riverfront. Even though the festival is free hotels won’t be so, make sure to book hotel rooms in advance. Also, it’s going to be a bit crowded with about 70,000 plus people so parking will be a nightmare. That’s why it’s suggested to take city transport, an Uber, a Lyft, or just walk there. The French Quarter is very easy to walk around so walking could be the best bet.
The roster for all the bands and artists for the festival can be viewed here. There will be nighttime concerts being performed at the fest as well. Another thing to look forward to is the re-usable beer cups being offered this year which were created to help lower any plastic pollution that most music fests can cause. This year the festival has teamed up with KultureCity to provide a sensory inclusive program so people with Autism, PTSD, and other medical conditions can enjoy the celebration as well. Now the overall festival is free, but the VIP treatment offers $99 passes that offer pre-paid drinks, a hospitality lounge, air-conditioned restrooms, and other amenities.
Just one more thing to cover. So, I know most people are already wondering and want to know if there will be a parade. Of course, there will be a parade! It’s a New Orleans festival most of their celebrations include a parade. I mean they even hold parades for weddings and funerals. The parade actually kicks off the festival on the 11th at 10 a.m. and begins at the 100th Block of Bourbon St. and ends at Jackson Square.