More than 760,000 attend 2016 French Quarter Festival
NEW ORLEANS- More than 760,000 people attended French Quarter Fest 2016, setting another attendance record.
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.