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Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Going 43 years strong, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a tradition, in and of itself.

'The vibe of the festival is heavenly,' said Jazz Fest producer and co-creator Quint Davis.

It's a vibe that crowds keep coming back for year after year, including Dusk Lipton. He's been to the festival for 28 consecutive years and said he has never missed any Jazz Fest days in that time.

'I actually don't have fun here at all, but I've got to keep the streak going,' Lipton said, sporting a turquoise mustache.

Restaurateur Wayne Baquet of Lil' Dizzy's is also looking back on serving up food through the decades at Jazz Fest -- more than 35 years.

'Every year, it's getting bigger and bigger and bigger,' Baquet said. 'Actually, really and truly, even when it rains, it don't stop nothing.'

It turns out, though, Jazz Fest isn't just about the food, crafts and music. It's also about matrimony.

Rebecca Bohn and Tim Hufft got married at Jazz Fest on Saturday, outside the Economy Hall Tent. They said it was a mutual idea.

'We love each other and this is an important event to us,' newlywed Tim Hufft said.

'I've always loved Economy Hall,' Bohn said. 'It's traditional, just beautiful and the sounds coming out of it -- it's my happy place.'

It is a happy place apparently for other couples, too: another got married at the Gospel Tent on Saturday. Davis said Jazz Fest weddings are just one part of this unique festival.

'We've had a tradition of people getting married here for years,' Davis said. 'We've had some people get married under the oaks and different places that meant something to them romantically because that's where they first met or something like that.'

Now, Bohn-Hufft newlyweds will be among those who join that club of musical wedded bliss.

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