It's the 19th annual Gretna Heritage Festival this weekend and at this point organizers are planning full steam ahead.
It's a huge music festival featuring six stages that brings in close to 150,000 and the big draw this year is Chicago. "Chicago is truly back by popular demand. They were here about 3-4 years ago and it was a record number that year," says Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant.
Earth, Wind and Fire and ZZ Top are the other headliners at the festival that features six stages stacked with incredible local musical talent too.
Constant says they are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Karen, but at this point "We're moving along as planned with preparations for the festival."
The fest has been an incredible economic booster for the City of Gretna, and this year, weather permitting, organizers are hoping for the biggest crowds ever.
Jefferson Parish officials are diligently monitoring the weather, but the mayor says this festival is well situated. "We have the benefit of not being housed in an open field of grass. Our city hosts this in our downtown, so it's on the streets of Gretna. And on the river batcher they've done some things to add flooring to the grassy area."
Constant says Eastbankers should use the ferries that are provided for free and will drop you off right in the heart of the action. There are also free shuttles from locations on the Westbank, like the Oak Wood Shopping Center if you do choose to drive.