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New Orleans Jazz Fest canceled for a second year

The festival had been scheduled for October this year.
A sign at a counter in Cowbell, a New Orleans restaurant, on Friday informs customers that they can eat indoors if they have proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
A sign at a counter in Cowbell, a New Orleans restaurant, on Friday informs customers that they can eat indoors if they have proof of vaccination against COVID-19. [ KEVIN MCGILL | AP ]
Published Aug. 8, 2021

NEW ORLEANS — With new COVID-19 cases surging in Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival won’t be returning this year after all, organizers said Sunday.

The festival, traditionally held in the spring, had been scheduled to run Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17 after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But organizers cited “current exponential growth” of new COVID-19 cases in the city and region, as well as an ongoing public health emergency, in announcing that the festival will not occur as planned.

They said next year’s dates are April 29-May 8.

Jazz Fest celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The music encompasses nearly every style imaginable: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, contemporary and traditional jazz, country, bluegrass and everything in between.

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