French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQF Inc.) has just
announced that they have made the regrettable and sad decision to cancel French
Quarter Fest this year. As we all know, this beloved festival is regularly held
every April; however, this year, due to COVID-19 and the corresponding stay-at-home
mandate, the 2020 fest was postponed until October.
After much consideration and due to ongoing concern for the health and well-being of everyone involved in the festival, from musicians to fans, FQF Inc. has now reluctantly cancelled the fest. This cancellation is the first in 37 consecutive years of this festival. The Satchmo SummerFest, another FQF Inc. event that is normally held in the summer, is also cancelled.
Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Communications Director for FQF Inc., expressed her disappointment at the necessity to make this decision and released this statement:
"Since 1984, French Quarter
Festivals, Inc. has been committed to our non-profit mission to deliver a
positive economic impact to the community and showcase our incredible local
music and culture. Our festivals create thousands of jobs for musicians and
others; help sustain local, small businesses; and provide a priceless cultural
impact to hundreds of thousands of attendees. We understand that many local
businesses, artists, and hospitality workers rely on the income produced by
French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest."
French Quarter Fest will be back again next year, better
than ever, on April 8 -11, 2021.