The Largest Free Music Festival In the United States
The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, LA is a four-day festival that sprawls the streets of the French Quarter. The first festival was in 1984 with the purpose to feature New Orleans music and food from Louisiana.
The festival started as a way to celebrate the end of a construction project that took fourteen weeks and cost 7.2 million dollars. Dutch Moral, the New Orleans Mayor, proclaimed the first day of the French Quarter Festival would be held in April 1984.
Today, the French Quarter Festival has more than 20 stages of live music and draws a crowd of more that 700,000 people from tourist to New Orleans natives.