April 11, 2016

And the MVP of the 2016 French Quarter Festival Is...


THE GORGEOUS WEATHER! The 2016 French Quarter Festival could NOT have been prettier. The 2016 French Quarter Festival had 4 consecutive days of THE. MOST. GLORIOUS weather imaginable. I cannot tell you how in love I am with beautiful weather New Orleans on just a REGULAR day, but add in 4 days of French Quarter Festival... and WHAAATTT?!! Fabulous festival weather (food, music, fun) sensory OVERLOAD.

St. Louis Cathedral French Quarter Festival
Nothing but blue skies the entire 4 days for French Quarter Festival 2016.
French Quarter Festival 2016 kicked off on Thursday April 7th, and it could not have been sweeter. We were there for French Quarter Festival 2015 when the weather was less than perfect (it was a bit of a washout) and the weather for the 2016 season was like, "What? You thought I wasn't gonna come through this year?" And come through it did. 

We kicked off French Quarter Fest by checking out Kermit Ruffins on the Abita Beer Stage at Woldenberg Park, playing "Halfway" by S-8ighty. You can always count on Kermit to be up on what's hot and current. And the festival just got better from there.
French Quarter Festival 2016 Kermit Ruffins
Kermit Ruffins performs at French Quarter Festival 2016. Photo by Ron Ward.
French Quarter Festival 2016 Abita Beer Stage Crowd
Crowd enjoys Kermit Ruffins on the Abita Beer Stage at Woldenberg Park at French Quarter Festival 2016.
Photo by Ron Ward
Which is why it's no wonder that year after year, French Quarter Festival is voted 'locals' favorite' while also courting a huge and dedicated out-of-town following. A big part of this festival's appeal is that attendees get a true, authentic New Orleans experience - a broad range of Louisiana artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans' finest artists on stages all over the French Quarter. 23 stages of entertainment returned this year and we hopped around randomly from Woldenberg Park, to Jackson Square, to St. Peter and Decatur Streets, to Royal Street then back around to the French Market and The Old U.S. Mint. The French Quarter is such a quaint, historic and artistic neighborhood, and I love how festival organizers try to fill every corner of it with festival entertainment and yumminess. If you weren't able to attend, the online photos from the festival this year will definitely cause FOMO (fear of missing out). Or FTYJMTMAFATMBW (fear that you just missed the most awesome festival and the most beautiful weather) I just made that up. Check out a few more pictures from the festival below and mark your calendars right now for next April (April 6-9, 2017!) to be sure not to miss the fabulously free French Quarter Festival festivities! 

Jackson Square St. Louis Cathedral French Quarter Festival 2016
Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral French Quarter Festival 2016. Photo by Ron Ward.
John Boutte Smoke Free NOLA Stage French Quarter Festival 2016
John Boutte performs on the Smoke Free NOLA Stage in Jackson Square at French Quarter Festival 2016.
Photo by Ron Ward
Robin Barnes
The lovely Robin Barnes performs on the GE Digital Big River Stage at French Quarter Fest 2016. Photo by Ron Ward
NOPD New Orleans French Quarter
NOPD patrols French Quarter Festival 2016. Photo by Ron Ward
Hot 8 Brass Band French Quarter Festival
Hot 8 make the crowd go WOO! Hot 8 Brass Band performs on the Popeyes Brass Band Stage at French Quarter Fest 2016. Photo by Ron Ward
Dirty Dozen Brass Band French Quarter Festival 2016
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performs on the Abita Beer Stage at French Quarter Fest 2016. Photo by Ron Ward.
Click HERE to see The Dirty Dozen Brass Band perform a set at the 2016 French Quarter Festival
See you next year French Quarter Festival!

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