French Quarter Fest breaks attendance record
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 733,000 people attended this year’s French Quarter Festival, an increase of nearly 200,000 compared to last year.
The record numbers were measured by Fess Inc. security workers at entry and exit points of major stage areas. The numbers are adjusted down by percentage to account for repeat entrances and exits. It doesn’t include attendance at the festival’s Royal, Bourbon, Chartres, Decatur and French Market stages, Battle of the Bands, Dancing at Dusk, Cathedral Concert, and other special events.
Festival organizers said Monday that last year’s estimated total was 562,000.
Organizers also reported record sales of food, beverages and merchandise.
Rouse’s Markets sold over 40,000 pounds of boiled crawfish; Abita reports selling 905 kegs and 800 cases of beer, up from 632 cases in 2013 and Pelican Ice delivered 236,160 pounds of ice, up from 200,000 pounds in 2013.
Progressive Waste Solutions picked up 210 tons of trash.
Over 280 musical acts, comprising over 1,400 musicians, played on 21 stages over the course of the festival’s four days.