Freret St Fest

Photos by Kichea S. Burt

The Freret Street Festival returned this year to give New Orleanians and visitors eight blocks of fun. The festival, which includes pet adoptions, food courts, various vendors, and a diverse music line-up across three stage, is a can’t-miss event, and Data News Weekly made sure to be there.

Known for its block-party feel, the Freret Street Festival had music that ranged from rock to swamp pop, and other New Orleans sounds. The Mardi Gras Indians made an appearance, as well as dancers and other performers. There was also a second line because no good New Orleans event is complete without one. The kids area includes inflatables, a petting zoo, alligator meet and greets, arts and crafts, clowns, and stilt walkers.

In addition to entertainment, the Freret Street Festival had over 200 vendors selling food, fashion, handcrafted jewelry and arts, and more. The food was a reflection of the street itself: from Creole dishes to pizza and seafood, the choices left the attendees with full stomachs.

This year the festival operated under the leadership o the Rotary Club of New Orleans Riverbend, a group focused on community engagement.

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