New Orleans is known for it’s parties and festivals. The New Orleans French Quarter Festival is one of the least known but increasingly popular festivals in New Orleans. This article offers some information about The French Quarter Festival along with links to resources.
New Orleans is a place of magic and wonder, music, parties and fun. The French Quarter is at the heart of everything. If you are looking for an experience that is uniquely New Orleans then The New Orleans French Quarter Festival is for you.
The French Quarter Festival occurs every spring and is Louisiana’s largest annual free music festival. During the French Quarter Festival nearly 20 stages will be spread around the French Quarter and over the 4 day weekend play all types of music. You will hear everything from Jazz, both traditional and contemporary to Latin, rock to blues, Cajun to Zydeco and any other type of music you can think of. There will be both local and international stars.
Then there is the food. Local restaurants offer dishes that will satisfy every budget and taste. There are over 60 booths offering dishes like Cajun meat pies, po-boys, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée. You can sample drinks like Hurricanes, a drink that will blow you away and tropical punches. Prices vary but range from $3 to $10.
Here are some interesting facts regarding the New Orleans French Quarter Festival:
During the 2013 celebration the French Quarter Festival marked its 30th anniversary.
The first French Quarter Festival occurred in 1984 and was started as a way to attract residents back to the FQ.
The main sources for the funding of the French Quarter Festival are:
Sales of merchandise, food and beverages
Fees from vendors
The gala in April
When you take a look at attendance you find the following among the 574,000 attendees:
The Top 5 States in attendance -Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida – visitors from 37 states have been reported.
The Top 5 Foreign Countries are – Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany – visitors from 12 different countries have been observed.
The French Quarter Festival has a major economic impact on the local economy. An analysis conducted by the University of New Orleans found:
The French Quarter Festival 2012 had a total economic impact on the New Orleans area of more than $259.5 million. This included:
$126.6 million in direct spending
$132.9 million in secondary spending
$18.3 million in state and local tax revenue.
The French Quarter Festival hires over 1,400 local musicians during the weekend of the French Quarter Festival
So if you are looking for a taste of New Orleans on a local level. Check out the French Quarter Festival in April each year. For information contact: (800) 673-5725 within the U.S. or (504) 522-5730. Or visit: www.fqfi.org.
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