Posted: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 7:37AM
Record crowds, crawfish and cold ones
Organizers of the French Quarter Festival say they shattered records this year.
"This year's attendance figures indicate that nearly 733,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events, and of course, the historic French Quarter. This marks a significant increase over 2013, when approximately 560,000 fans attended the event," Executive Director Marci Schramm said in a news release.
She says that number is actually lower than to total attendance because it is only the people they counted at the main stages from April 10th-13th.
"This number does not 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," she explained.
Schramm offered some other numbers showing record sales of food, beverages and merchandise.
"Rouses had record sales at French Quarter Festival 2014, selling over 40,000 pounds of boiled crawfish and over 5,000 servings of their Crawfish Boil Boudin. Beers sales were also up: Abita reports 905 kegs (up from 632 in 2013) and over 800 cases of beer. Progressive Waste Solutions has reported 210 tons of garbage from the festival grounds this year, and Pelican Ice delivered 236,160 pounds of ice-- up from 200,000 pounds in 2013."
The fest will be April 9 - 12 in 2015.
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