NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Event organizers have announced that French Quarter Fest is canceled in 2021 due to a rise in COVID cases.
An announcement earlier in the week also saw the cancellation of Jazz Fest because of COVID concerns.
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. says plans to host the festival will no longer be moving forward.
"As the state of Louisiana and our nation see a precipitous rise in COVID cases, we must put the health, safety and wellbeing of our entire family first-- our fans, musicians, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, as well as the residents and businesses in the French Quarter," FQFI said.
The festival was scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct 2.
The FQFI announced they will be providing critical relief payments for roughly 1,500 musicians and gig workers who lost work due to the festival cancellation.
"We will continue to assess our ever-changing environment and apply the many lessons we have learned over the last two years to all of our 2022 events, including French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Holidays New Orleans Style," FQFI officials said.
Organizers say they look forward to celebrating next spring, returning to the stage April 21-24, 2022.