Tag Archives: French Quarter Festival

Record Year For French Quarter Festival Attendance

A record year–in spades–for this year’s French Quarter Festival: the 31st annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron attendance figures, as reported by organizers,  indicate that nearly 733,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events and the historic French Quarter. This is over a 30 percent increase  over 2013, when approximately 560,000 fans attended the event, [...]

French Quarter Fest Volunteer Spotlight: Stu Barash

French Quarter Fest volunteer Stu Barash has worn many hats within the festival’s organizational ranks over the years. Barash currently serves on the board of French Quarter Festivals Inc., and he served as the organization’s fifth president in 1988. But that has never stopped him from getting his hands dirty. “It’s a working board,” he [...]

French Quarter Fest Visitor Profile: John and Marie Morris

Belmont, California, residents John and Marie Morris know exactly what to do as soon as they land in New Orleans for French Quarter Festival. “The first thing we do when we get out here is go to Walgreens and buy two chairs,” John Morris said. “And then when we’re done, we just give them away [...]

Photos: French Quarter Fest Second Line Parade on Bourbon Street

The French Quarter Fest got off to a great start this morning with the annual second line parade down Bourbon Street and into Jackson Square. Brass bands, marching groups, second line dancers, and an assortment of colorful French Quarter characters all helped officially kick off French Quarter Fest 2014 in grand style. Hundreds of tourists [...]

French Quarter Fest Awaits

It’s hard to believe that French Quarter Fest is once again upon us, and, as usual, the weather appears to be sterling. Starting today is the 31st annual French Quarter Festival, an event that has created a niche of its own in the crowded springtime New Orleans festival arena. Twenty or so years ago French [...]

Timecode:NOLA Film Festival Returns to French Quarter Fest

After a popular inaugural year in 2013, Timecode:NOLA will offer an expanded Film Festival at the 2014 French Quarter Festival featuring films about some of the region’s most memorable characters. This year’s Film Festival will take place at Le Petit Théâtre on April 12-13 and is free and open to the public. Timecode:NOLA, a New [...]

Italians Named Joseph

I’m married to a  Italian, no excuse me, a Sicilian, named Joseph. Now the upcoming week is important because less than a week from now, we’ll be celebrating St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), his “name day.” New Orleans is and has always been a very Catholic city, and as we know, the Catholic faith is [...]

New Orleans Big Festival Season Kicks Off

The New Orleans “big” festival season has officially kicked off. We have festivals all year long, but the two biggies are now officially ready to blow us out musicially, artistically and with great local cuisine. The 31st annual French Quarter Festival officially announced its schedule of bands today, and as usual it contains all local [...]

French Quarter Fest 2014 Line-Up Announced, Poster Released

New Orleans’ largest free festival, the French Quarter Festival, announced its 2014 programming this morning; a line-up that once again expands the growing annual fest with a new stage, new cuisine experiences, a very special exclusive performance and more. This year’s festival, taking place April 10 – 13,  marks the 31st anniversary of what began [...]

It’s Five Somewhere with French Quarter Fest’s Marci Schramm

Christmas is usually associated with snowy weather. Why do you believe that New Orleans could be a Christmas destination? Christmas New Orleans Style was founded 29 years ago, and it started because tourism in New Orleans was terrible during December, so a group of tourism industry people got together and decided that no one outside [...]