Client Spotlight: French Quarter Festivals, Inc
April 10, 2018
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Festival season is here and as a city of celebration, the Big Easy knows how to have a good time. Each Spring, visitors come from around the world to savor the flavor of the city at the French Quarter Festival – the world’s largest showcase of Louisiana music, food and culture. Celebrating their 35th year, the iconic fest serves up the city’s best food, music and fun. Even better? The event is free.
Set to begin Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15, the festival will host more than 60 food vendors and cuisine from the finest restaurants in the region including everything from New Orleans dishes to contemporary cuisine. This year, the festival even has its own app and users can sort food options by Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and Vegetarian at Eat Fit NOLA approved vendors. The Court of Two Sisters, Pat O’Brien’s and Tujague’s Restaurant have been great partners since the festivals inception in 1984 and will be retuning alongside newcomers including SoBou, Company Burger, The Daily Beet and more.
Aside from food, music lovers will enjoy 30 new musical acts set to debut this year. From traditional and contemporary jazz to rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans’ pulsating music scene continues to drive trends worldwide. No matter the beat, music fans will be able to revel in the rhythm with more than 300 acts on 23 stages throughout the French Quarter.
The festival is also celebrating New Orleans’ 300th anniversary with The Tricentennial Homecoming Pavilion sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (located near the Jack Daniel's Stage), open all four days of event. The Pavilion will feature exhibits showcasing New Orleans notables throughout history, a hospitality lounge, and the One Time in NOLA story booth.
In Jackson Square, the heart of festival, Hilton will sponsor the Hilton Tricentennial Stage with a four day lineup that includes John Boutté, Ellis Marsalis and Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns.
On Saturday, April 14, French Quarter Festival will celebrate the Tricentennial with a fireworks show on the mighty Mississippi River immediately after music performances on the Abita Beer Stage, at approximately 9 p.m.
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December.
FQFI's mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.