NEW ORLEANS -- Final preparations for Voodoo Fest 2013 are underway with a legion of workers putting together fencing, stages and booths at City Park's festival grounds.
With headliners like Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam and The Cure, thousands are expected to converge on New Orleans and City Park. This will be the first time the event will be held at the park’s festival grounds, which has hosted several events this year but not at the scale of Voodoo Fest.
"This is the biggest one we've had, so it'll be a learning experience. Overall, we're excited because it provides a much bigger space for the festival than they've ever had before," said City Park CEO Robert Becker.
Becker said Voodoo Fest will occupy all of the festival ground's 50-plus acres. Traffic in and around the park will be heavy. Parking will be a premium.
"Use transit, use bicycles, get dropped off, don't expect to park in the park or the adjacent neighborhoods," said Becker.
The traffic will cause headaches but also a boost to some local businesses. The Creole Cottage on Esplanade opened just two months ago. For the new restaurant, thousands of people walking, driving and looking around City Park means potential customers.
This is the shop's first Voodoo experience.
"We're not sure what to expect but we think it's going to be big. That's what all the neighbors have been telling us, that it's going to be real good," said Derick Montrel, the shop's operations manager.
The event's promoter and host hope that's a sentiment that will echo throughout the park. Voodoo Fest is a three-day event running from Friday through Sunday.