The French Quarter Festival supports local music in the community. It is ranked second to the New Orleans Mardi Gras and has the potential of bringing 200 million tourist dollars to New Orleans. This year, the annual festival will be held on April 7 to 10, 2016 in New Orleans’ oldest neighbourhood, the French Quarter. This will be the 33rd annual festival and is presented by Chevron. The kick-off will be a parade down Bourbon Street to Jackson Square on April 7. According to the organizers, there are more than 1,700 local musicians appearing on 23 different stages. You will hear artists playing soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock’n’roll, funk, brass and Latin – something for everyone. Buckwheat Zydeco, Sonny Landreth, Cowboy Mouth, and Jean Knight will be making their maiden debuts at the festival.
Entry is free but food and drink will be available on the grounds or in local restaurants and bars. Outside food is prohibited. You’ll have the opportunity to sample authentic Louisiana Creole cooking as well as French, Spanish, West African, Italian, German and Irish dishes which represent the rich cultures of the many nationalities living in New Orleans.
Expect to see security as the city is determined to have safety their number one priority. Gates will be manned and bags will be checked to ensure food, beverages and drugs are not brought in. Pets are also not allowed.