French Quarter Festival moves to Fall due to COVID-19

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — One of New Orleans most popular music festivals has been rescheduled for a second time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The French Quarter Festival was slated to happen in April 2021 after having to cancel it’s 2020 event due to the first wave of COVID-19.

The festival will now take place September 30–October 3, 2021.

In 2022, French Quarter Festival will return to its traditional April date, according to festival organizers.

“Although French Quarter Fest typically takes place in April, the ongoing COVID crisis has made it necessary for us to remain flexible,” said Emily Madero, CEO of FQFI. “As one of the largest free music and food festivals in the United States, we always want to ensure our impact is in the best interest of the City and our French Quarter neighbors and businesses.”

Festival organizers said the annual festival celebrating Louisiana music, food and culture hires more than 1,500 Louisiana musicians and attracts hundreds of thousands of fans.

In 2019, the attendance was an estimated 825,000 with an economic impact of nearly $200 million.

The 2021 festival will have a modified layout that adheres to CDC protocols and guidelines, according to organizers.

“We’re excited to continue our 38-year partnership with Louisiana musical artists, chefs, businesses and volunteers for our 2021 season,” Madero said. “We appreciate our partners and fans for their continued support, and we look forward to celebrating Louisiana’s incredible culture together in October.”

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