NEWORLEANS-- The 14th annual Satchmo Summer Fest began with the future jazz stars, as the Roots Of Music led a second line down Decatur street, and the tourists learned what a second line is.
'From Virginia,' said Gione Reeves from Chesapeake, Va, who was enjoying dancing in the middle of the street in New Orleans. 'We're going to the fest, Satchmo Fest,' adding that she's only seen second lines like this on television, never in person.
The three-day festival at the Old New Orleans Mint features 40 musicians on two stages, and with more than a dozen restaurants, there's plenty to fill up and chill out with.
'You're the coolest thing in town, with that popsicle? That's true,' said Mario Sesso from New York.
'How much fun are you having? A fantastic time. This is a great city, great music, great people. Love it here.'
It is also a profitable time for French Quarter businesses like actor and baker Dwight Henry's Wink's Bakery.
'It's important,' said Henry. 'I've been doing Satchmo for ten years now, Bill, and every year that we do Satchmo I look so forward to doing it.'
And if it really gets too hot, you can always come under the misting tent and cool off. Cool enough? Uh huh. She stole the mike from me. What about you, cool enough? Yeah, I'm really cooling off. Two stars in the making here.
They hope to break last year's crowd record of 60,000 visitors, which was double the number the year before, and they're getting help from foreign visitors.
'We're seeing this huge surge of very cultured, very sophisticated travelers, and we love having them at this festival,' said French Quarter Festivals Executive Director Marci Schramm. 'At the end of the weekend they're New Orleanians, right? Right, right, and they love Louis Armstrong, and they're here to worship at the altar of Louis, just like we all are.'