The Official name is The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and there is so much to experience at the Churchill Downs Fair Grounds Race Course in the Gentilly-Mid City sections of New Orleans. The Fair Grounds is a very huge area and besides all of the entertainment, food, crafts, and shopping to be done, you may also get a workout you were not expecting. One can do some serious walking to take in all the festivities. So if the weather is is hot and humid, which is most likely what to expect, dress appropriately and stay hydrated. If you attend all weekend you really have to pace yourself.
Sun Screen and Hats
Sun screen and hats are standard items for protection from the hot sun. There are many varieties of hats to be seen. Some are very interesting and some are very becoming. Don't hold back on your all purpose hat fashion statement.
Staying Hydrated is a Must
The heat can be intense on the Fest grounds. Drinking plenty of water can save you a trip to the Medical tent. Do not get over heated and make sure the people and children with you stay hydrated as well.
Do a Cool Spot Stop
Cool spots are tents with mist to help everyone stay refreshed. Children of all ages will love a cool spot. There usually are several of them and there are water fountains available to drink from so take advantage of them. There should be no reason for anyone to become over heated.
Sun Glasses are a Plus
Besides just looking cool or attempting not to be recognized, sun glasses provide some needed protection from the intense sunlight you will encounter mostly all day long. Jazz Fest is also a place to wear great colorful vacation wear.
You Got to See the Mardi Gras Indians
One of the celebrated heritages are the Mardi Gras Indians along with other Native American cultural performances. There is a stage and and area for just that, and it is growing more popular every year.
Local Music Historians
Economy Hall is where to go to experience the traditional music heritage of the nation and New Orleans. Group leader Don Vappie has created his own legacy for preserving the music of the past by combining innovation of today.
Featured Areas of Interest
The Folk Village features talented craftsman and artists with demonstrations and offerings to purchase. The exhibitors are Louisianians who make their living in traditional fashion. More in Part II.
Stop and See the Legends
On any given day, on any given stage you can see some of the worlds most famous music legends. Robert Plant was one of the headliners that hundreds of fans flocked to this past weekend. He and his band delivered a show that transcended beyond musical boarders. Plant truly has reinvented himself showing he is not stuck in the past and not afraid to take his music to a different place.
You Have to Sample the Food
Traditional or out of the ordinary you have got to sample some of the foods and drinks of Jazz Fest. Whether Indian tacos, alligator sausage, crawfish pie, or a mango freeze the smells and tastes are very distinctive.