NEW ORLEANS - The French Quarter Festival continues to break records, with beautiful weather and a strong lineup for this year's event drawing huge crowds, organizers confirmed Monday.
Attendance figures released by the festival show that nearly 733,000 people attended during the four days of this year's event. That's up from a record 560,000 festival attendees in 2013, even with bad weather souring several days of the 2013 event.
This year, several fest vendors reported record sales, including Rouses, which sold over 40,000 pounds of boiled crawfish; and Abita Beer which sold over 905 kegs, up from 632 in 2013.
The new festival apps were downloaded by nearly 54,000 people, festival producers said.
The festival, first held in 1984, has become the largest free music festival in the country, with 21 music stages throughout the French Quarter and along the Riverfront.