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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For many people, Mardi Gras is a once in a lifetime experience that is part of their bucket list. This post discusses what to expect for Mardi Gras. There are additional links below to give you more information about Mardi Gras.
Ok so in the morning I’m hopping on a plane with my mom and heading to New Orleans, Louisiana for Mardi Gras 2014. I heard most people wear costumes or festive clothing. I’m planning on wearing a black shirt, black skirt, a red feather boa and painting my nails red. Is this festive enough????
Also, what can I expect? How is Mardi Gras 2011 in New Orleans?
I just got home from Mardi Gras in New Orleans a few hours ago….I’m basing my answer on years of experience … You can wear whatever the heck you want!!! The outfit you have in mind sounds great; I saw a lot of feather boas this weekend and they even threw some from the floats. FYI, Mardi Gras colors are Purple, Green & Gold, so you see a lot of people dressed in those colors. Honestly, there is every kind of outfit you can imagine, but I’d say 70% of people just wear jeans and “regular clothes”, but it is always more fun to dress up. Hats are the most popular, the crazier the better. As a heads up, this is the coldest weather I have ever experienced during Mardi Gras. It is only supposed to go up to 48 tomorrow (Monday) and 50 on Tuesday, and the wind makes it feel colder…Be sure to take your coat and gloves so you’ll have fun and won’t freeze your fanny off. Thought I’d also tell you that we watched to parades at St. Charles and Washington Street, and it was the best area we ever went to. There are a couple places to get drinks for $4.75, they threw a lot of beads, and the crowds were the partying kind, yet not the “fight in over beads” kind! Mardi Gras 2011 is going to be another winner for the party crowd.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)
Hello NOLA! Happy Hump Day and Happy New Year! Starting 2014 off with some cold, rainy weather so grab the umbrella on the way out!
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I know the are still plenty of folks out and about on the French Quarter streets celebrating the New Year and anticipating the Sugar Bowl game tomorrow in the Superdome. The high today is only 55 so dress accordingly. Be prepared for even colder temps and 100% rain as evening goes on. According to the weather report for today overcast, plenty rain with a high 55F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. See you in NOLA!