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Part II: Where to Go, What to See, and What to Bring to New Orleans Jazz Fest!

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The 45th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival came to a close on Sunday and for all who attended the hope is they passed a good time, as they say in the bayou. For those first time Jazz Fest visitors, they now know how to navigate and survive the long days that are the norm during the two weekends and week long of entertainment events, and they are citywide. But when going to the Fair Grounds there are important safety factors they should have also learned. Being responsible when parking ones vehicle so it will be where it was left upon returning, and remembering where you parked are important for an end to a happy day. It is recommended to take a shuttle if you are not familiar with the area, and it is always best to do so if you know you may be drinking abundant adult beverages.

For one’s own safety over exposure to the sun will result in severe sunburn or worst. Sun protection and seeking cover are a must; even on overcast days the sun can be very intense in New Orleans. Therefore it is important to be mindful of the time spent in direct sunlight and staying hydrated with water in between those adult beverages or soft drinks. If for any reason you or anyone you may be with does start to feel light headed go directly to one of the medic tents to be checkout for heat exhaustion. It is always better to take all precautions because heat injuries can be life threatening.

It is important to know that the Fair Grounds is a vast landscape and walking and standing for a lengthy duration could bring some serious soreness to legs, backs, and hips for people who have not previously been actively exercising; particularly for those who may have neck, back, or feet issues. However there is always seating in the large tents and there are also additional small tents with picnic tables for resting and eating. Keeping those safety factors in mind will ensure a safe and happy Jazz Fest. Now let’s continue our where, what, and bring list!

Always Great Talent at Jazz Fest
Always Great Talent at Jazz Fest Derek Rose

Always Great Talent at Jazz Fest

Folks packed into the Jazz Tent to cool off, but Al Jarreau heated it up with a great show singing some of his hits and other fan favorites. There truly was standing room only as Al amazed the crowd with his unique voice and style of singing.  

Give and Receive Sweet Smiles
Give and Receive Sweet Smiles Derek Rose

Give and Receive Sweet Smiles

It is always nice to bring your smiles to one of the worlds growing events. One just can not resist a sweet smile; you just have to say hello....and that goes for the little ones too. This little girl seemed so happy to be there.

Kids Not Only Enjoy the Music
Kids Not Only Enjoy the Music Derek Rose

Kids Not Only Enjoy the Music

Bring the kids to the Jazz Fest! These girls are playing in a pirogue gathering alligators just as they do in the bayous of Louisiana. Kids learn Louisiana history and participate in art, crafts, and games. 

Look for Recycling Station
Look for Recycling Station Derek Rose

Look for Recycling Station

There are many recycling stations around the fair grounds and people were very receptive to using them along with the trash receptacles. Helping to keep the grounds clean is also a great safety measure to prevent tripping over debris and having clean areas to sit in.

See Demonstrations
See Demonstrations Derek Rose

See Demonstrations

The artisans at work are quite a show. It’s always a good interlude from the music to see old skills in a modern era. This craftsman was making precision arrow heads.

Get Up Close
Get Up Close Derek Rose

Get Up Close

It is always great to experience a stage in front to enjoy the artist close up. You can work your way up through the friendly crowd or get in position in between breaks. It can be a very rewarding and fun experience.

Becoming Part of the Fun
Becoming Part of the Fun Derek Rose

Becoming Part of the Fun

Apparently beach balls are okay to bring to the fest which is very reminiscent of the rock concerts of the past. Fest goers were following the bouncing beach ball while the band Phish was performing.

Visit The Jazz Tent More Than Once
Visit The Jazz Tent More Than Once Derek Rose

Visit The Jazz Tent More Than Once

What is The Jazz Fest without visiting The Jazz Tent? Hometown favorite Branford Marsalis was one of the headliners on Saturday of the 1st weekend. Branford's quartet included his father Ellis on piano and his younger brother Jason on the drums. The Marsalis family is referred to as the First Family of Jazz in New Orleans.

There is Art of Different Types
There is Art of Different Types Derek Rose

There is Art of Different Types

Look up and around to see the colorful artistic banners and other art work displayed at the fest. There are many types of art for sale at the Fest in just about all areas.

Check Out the Blues Tent
Check Out the Blues Tent Derek Rose

Check Out the Blues Tent

The Blues is alright and a major draw with great acts like Boz Scags in the Blues Tent. Every year top blues artist come to New Orleans and are always a value to the price of admission.

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