New Orleans launches Festival Season with French Quarter Festival


New Orleans, the undisputed music festival capital of the world, kicks off a long list of spring festivals with the annual French Quarter Festival, featuring hundreds of celebrated and Grammy award -winning local and national musicians, highlighting one of America’s most historic neighborhoods. Nearly one million people from all over the world are expected to descend on one of America’s most historic neighborhoods, complete with 22 musical stages positioned in and around the historic New Orleans Riverfront neighborhood, and hundreds of food booths looking to cook up the Crescent City’s most renowned Cajun and Creole dishes. The French Quarter Festival, with more than 300 musical performances, is the first major festival of the season, followed by the world -renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which this year is headlined by the Rolling Stones. Other upcoming New Orleans festivals include the Essence Fest, Sachmo Fest, Gumbo Fest, Crawfish Fest, and Tomato Fest. In addition to the Stones playing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival this spring, the expanded eight -day event will feature other major national acts such as Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Neil Young, Crazy Horse, The Killers, Anderson Pack, and the Free Nationals Queen Latifah, John Batiste, and Vampire Weekend. French Quarter Fest kicks off back -to -back weekend party festivals that continue year -round in the Crescent City, which has been dubbed the Festival Capital of the World. And we have Kelly Schultz, Senior Vice President of New Orleans and Company, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame singer and fiddler Amanda Shaw here to tell us more about it.

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