The New Orleans French Quarter Festival celebrated its 31st year this year with the first French Quarter Fest happening in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter following The World's Fair (we were there!!!) The French Quarter Festival has the distinction of being the largest FREE music festival in the South and the festival has consistently been voted "favorite festival", "favorite food festival" and "favorite event open to the public" by locals.
This was our third year attending and we have an absolute blast every time we go. The food, the people, the music, the charm of The French Quarter, especially when the weather's gorgeous, just being in the midst of that type of "festive feel good" is tough to beat. This year we got to see The Mercy Brothers, The Bucktown All Stars, who, by the way, were serving up some classic Motown REALNESS! We also got to experience The Orleans Brass Band and The Hot 8 in addition to a bit of Cajun Zydeco and traditional jazz. And the food, there's SO much to choose from, but we ended up going for this, this and this, with THIS thrown in a couple times for good measure ;) YUM. ALL of it. If you don't come away from this festival wanting to LIVE OUT THE REST OF YOUR DAYS IN THE FRENCH QUARTER FOREVER, then you're not doing it right... Check out a few more scenes from the 2014 French Quarter Festival below and mark your calendars now for the festival next year,
April 9-12, 2015!
Special shout out to photographers Ken McMillian and Ron Ward for these beautiful 2014 French Quarter Festival photos.