NEW ORLEANS – THE FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL
Join the World’s Greatest Street Party for the 26th Annual New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Enjoy this family-friendly extravaganza of music and food together with the other expected 450,000 visitors.
Over the weekend of April 17-19, the French Quarter of New Orleans is transformed into a giant outdoor mall providing the finest local musical talent and mouth watering culinary delights.
On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival, listen to salsa, gospel, R&B, blues, Cajun, Rock, Classical, Country/Western and other music, plus of course jazz. From 11am until 9pm local musicians will perform each day. The main locations being Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Royal Street, French Market and Bourbon Street. Over 250 performances by 450 local musicians.
Food is as important as music at this great festival. 70 food vendor’s booths at The Old US Mint, Kohlmeyer Lawn, Berger Great Lawn, Wolfenburg Park and Jackson Square, will excite the taste buds with authentic South Louisiana culinary delights.
Try Cajun meat pies, blackened catfish, corn and crawfish bisque, pork chops on corn sticks and the local jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice and muffalettas. If all this exotic food becomes too much for you, the New Orleans Lucky Dog Vendors will be out in force with old fashioned hot dogs.
Apart from this feast of food and music there are also special events including the Opening Parade on the Friday. On Saturday, the World Oyster Eating Championship takes place together with The Battle of the Bands, Opera at Dusk and the Pirates Alley Art Show. The St Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert takes place on Sunday and finally Dancing at Dusk. During the whole weekend, there are tours of historic homes and New Orlean’s Museums.
Shopping is a must before leaving New Orleans. Royal Street is the refined centre for local art and culture. It houses a wonderful mix of antique shops and colorful art galleries.
Magazine Street just outside the French Quarter is a six mile long thoroughfare in Uptown and the Garden District. It features boutiques and antique shops with a mix of restaurants, coffee houses and craft emporiums.
Recovering well after the horrendous damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans offers a world-renowned festival for all the family. So join the other thousands of excited visitors at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival this year.