NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 760,000 people attended French Quarter Fest 2016, setting another attendance record.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1SdMFSs) reports the last record was in 2014, with 733,000 attendees. Last year, attendance dropped to 386,000, which festival organizers blamed on rain.
This year’s festival, held April 7-10, saw high temperatures around the mid-70s, and there were plenty of strong breezes.
The 33rd annual free festival, presented by Chevron, featured about 1,700 musicians performing on 23 stages, a childrens’ area, crafts and food, including more than 30 new dishes.
A festival press release states that vendors reported increases. Rouses sold more than 50,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Beverage sales were also up: Abita served 675 kegs and 1,400 cases of beer and New Orleans Original Daiquiris sold more than 42,000 daiquiris.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com
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