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French Quarter Fest Announces 2021 Return In The Fall

French Quarter Fest
Photo by Zack Smith Photography, Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Festival won't be kept down in 2021 — or at least it's determined to rise back up.

The annual celebration of Louisiana culture and heritage, usually held in April, is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 this year. Organizers made the announcement via press release Thursday afternoon.

This year's festival will look different, of course. Organizers say there will be a "modified layout" that adheres to CDC guidelines and COVID-19 restrictions.

Last year's event was canceled alongside Satchmo SummerFest in May as it became increasingly clear the pandemic would not go away anytime soon. Organizers were optimistic then about a return in April 2021, but the pandemic is worse than it's ever been, and it's unlikely enough people will be vaccinated by the spring to safely hold a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people.

In 2019, about 825,000 people attended, "with an economic impact of nearly $200 [million]." The nonprofit event hires 1,500 Louisiana musicians every year, the release says. 

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Ashley Dean is the digital news editor for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was the editor of Denverite, a digital news startup now under the Colorado Public Radio umbrella. Prior to that she was a copy editor and features writer at the Denver Post, and before that, a music reporter for the Colorado Daily. She graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in journalism and from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.