French Quarter Festival day 1

It is the first weekend after lent in NOLA, so of course it’s time to have a party.

The opening day of the four day French Quarter Festival started of with a drum line and parade on Bourbon Street to Jackson Square. Music started on five stages at 11:00, and ended with fireworks over the Mississippi River at 8pm.

Weather forecast for the day held out a high likelihood of rain, but the combined wishes of thousands of attendees produced a warm, comfortable day with plenty of good food and drink.

Day two will have music at 12 open air venues. Choosing among the more than fifty performers will be an exercise in logistical planning. It promises to be a hot sunny day. I think I’ll wear a hat.

Opening parade
St. Louis Cathedral overlooking Jackson Square
Preservation Brass Band opens the festival at the Jackson Square stage.
Cory Ledet and his Zydeco Band
Bag of Donuts a fun local cover group with the great medley of Queen’s greatest hits among other favorites.
Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans was the closing headliner.

5 thoughts on “French Quarter Festival day 1

  1. anna April 14, 2023 / 8:06 am

    What fun! I’m envious. Patallando


    • pgsteele4 April 19, 2023 / 8:06 am

      Batallando? Battling? Don’t know patallando…


      • Anna April 19, 2023 / 9:08 am

        “still kicking”


      • pgsteele4 April 19, 2023 / 1:43 pm

        The spelling threw me. But I should have figured it out! Pateando from patear…


      • anna banana April 20, 2023 / 7:31 am

        Truth is, I’ve never read that expression anywhere, only heard it. An ancient demented delightful fellow in my exercise class (originally from northern New Mexico and flung back into his youth for his final go-round) would say that in response to the question, “Roberto, como estas?” Thanks for taking the time to enlighten me. Now I can use it with confidence. My love and greetings to you both on your journey.


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