With the Mississippi River flowing fast and furious through New Orleans as a backdrop, the French Quarter Festival kickoff with nearly a dozen stages featuring the best of Crescent City and Louisiana music. Here Marva Wright and The BMW's get the crowd excited with true New Orleans style blues at the Harrah's Casino pavillion. Across the river is Algiers Point. The River Lows from right to left here -- heading directly north, then turns sharply into a south easterly direction.
Thirty-nine bands entertained today and there will be an equl number tomorrow and again Sunday for the free festival. I believe that with the cool weather that is expected, we will see record crowds.