Scenes From the 2015 Edition of Award-winning French Quarter Festival


The award-winning French Quarter Festival, which began in 1984, has grown to become the largest free music festival in the United States. Twenty-three music stages throughout the area presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, cabaret, opera, Cajun, Zydeco, world music, international, as well as a musical stage for children. Over 115 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint made up the 'World's Largest Jazz Brunch,' a signature event featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants, many of whom have been with the Festival throughout its entire 32-year history. 

The 2015 French Quarter Festival featured iPhone and Android phone apps, which were available free of charge, courtesy of GE Capital.  Nearly 8,700 iOS users downloaded the festival update from last year's app, and 5,100 users installed the app for the first time.  On the Android side, over 3,000 users downloaded the app. This adds up to over 60,000 Festival App users.

In addition, Rouses sold over 20,000 pounds of boiled crawfish and Plum Street Snowballs went through 45,000 pounds of sugar to make the syrups used in their 'spirited' and regular snowballs.
 

French Quarter Festival relies on strong community support to present the 'kickoff to festival season in New Orleans' - with over 2,000 volunteers, over 400 musical acts, numerous generous sponsors - including the New Orleans Musicians Union AFM Local 174-496, corporations from all over the state who sponsor musical acts at festival, New Orleans Police, EMS, permitting assistance from the City of New Orleans and partnerships with Parks and Parkways, Audubon Institute, and the Louisiana State Museum, among others. This year French Quarter Festival welcomed new sponsors Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (the Official Hotel of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest), Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Brown-Forman which includes great brands such as Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Herradura, Finlandia and Sonoma Cutrer, KREWE du optic, Cupcake Vineyards, Renaissance Publishing, Sazerac, JS108Atlanta.com Jazz Radio, WYLD 98.5, Power 102.9, Old School 106.7, NASH fm 92.3, The Ticket 106.1 and Zatarain's.

Special thanks to Tableau for hosting the media hospitality suite.

 Below are highlights of 2015 French Quarter Festival:



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Allen Toussaint an instrumentalist of uncanny sure-fingeredness and a prodigious inventor of melodies that remain fresh in the ear for years.

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The Dixie Cups.

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A very happy crowd.

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Even security dances in New Orleans.

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The Soul Queen of New Orleans Ms. Irma Thomas.

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Kermit Ruffins.

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Haruka Kikuchi.

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Nayo Jones.

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Marci Schramm introduces the winner of the Kermit Ruffins Experience as Kermit and Jason Harrelson smile.

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Jason Harrelson holds the one-of-a-kind trumpet his company created for Kermit Ruffins.


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Artists and patrons gather in the center of the French Quarter at St. Louis Cathedral.

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Tulane nurses smile for the camera.

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A loving couple poses for a selfie.

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Mia Borders is feeling the music.

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Walter "Wolfman" Washington playing the blues.

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More dancing ...

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The best meat pies in NOLA.

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Hello Cupcake ... cheers!

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The turtle soup was delicious.

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New Orleans' finest keeping FQ Fest safe.

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Gourmet Chinese ... we love Trey Yuen.

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A New Orleans classic.

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Striking a pose.

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Nothing like good friends.

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Check 1, 2 ...

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Doug Kershaw and Steve Riley.

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Did I mention how much we like to dance in New Orleans?

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Sweet Crude.


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This Red Lady made getting around easy.
 
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The one and only Gerald French.

To view the complete photo gallery, click here. 

For more information about French Quarter Festival, visit http://fqfi.org/frenchquarter.

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.