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I had a great time at the French Quarter Festival this year. Every year the crowds are getting bigger. Surely all attendance records were broken this year with all of the great weather we had. If the crowds continue to grow, it may require that they stop all vehicle traffic in the French Quarter for this festival. The organization will have to revisit the parking situation in the French Quarter and surrounding area to handle the massive crowds.
French Quarter Festival is a free, annual music festival located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1983 with the first festival held in 1984, French Quarter Festival features 1,400 musicians across 21 stages in the French Quarter. The impressive array of music showcases a variety of popular New Orleans’ genres including traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun-Zydeco, world, brass band, blues, rock, and pop from some of New Orleans’ most well-known musicians. French Quarter Festival offers cuisine from more than 65 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at the ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. With an annual attendance of over 560,000, the festival bills itself as “The Largest Free Festival In the South.” The next French Quarter Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014.
French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.
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