Officials today unveiled the annual Family Gras free concert lineup at the new Mardi Gras Plaza in Metairie.
Performers include Wilson Phillips; one of the former lead singers of Journey, Steve Augeri; U.K. pop start Cher Lloyd; Cowboy Mouth; Amanda Shaw; Electric Light Orchestra - ELO with members from ELO 1 and 2; Blood, Sweat & Tears with American Idol finalist Bo Bice; CMT's Next Superstar, Courtney Cole; and Montgomery Gentry.
The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau organizes the celebration that runs February 21st through the 23rd this year.
"Family Gras has evolved into the parish's marquee concert celebration attended by almost 90,000 festival goers annually and creating an economic impact of almost $7 million," Spokeswoman Jamie Giorgio said in a news release.
Family Gras runs before parades each of the evening of the event:
Friday, February 21st the celebration kicks off with the Krewe of Excalibur Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22nd is the traditional pageantry of the Krewe of Caesar Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 7:00 p.m
"The Family Gras site since its inception in 2007 has been across form Lakeside Mall on the Veterans Boulevard median near Severn Avenue . The site has been redesigned as part of the parish's beautification program, and will now be available to accommodate more events such as Family Gras," Giorgio noted.