Archbishop blesses French Quarter Festival under blue skies
Archbishop Gregory Aymond onstage at French Quarter Festival-WVUE FOX 8 News
New Orleans, La.- The French Quarter Festival was blessed with beautiful blue skies Friday morning and a special blessing from Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
From a Jackson Square stage in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral, the archbishop welcomed visitors to the festival and jokingly asked what committee was in charge of the weather.
"As we know, God is in charge of the weather, but all of us always take credit for it. But, we do thank God for this great weather and we ask God's blessing on all of you as you come here for the French Quarter Festival, " said Aymond.
The festival turns 30 this year. It has grown tremendously since humble beginnings as a way to attract locals to the French Quarter.
Last year more than half a million people attended the festival.
Among the headliners scheduled for Friday night on a dozen stages scattered across the quarter and riverfront are Papa Grows Funk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Flow Tribe.
For more information about the festival and the full entertainment schedule click here.
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