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!