Houma, La. - The sound of music and scent of food filled streets of downtown all weekend long.
The second Best of the Bayou Festival brought out thousands, with great weather helping boost attendance.
"Last year was a rain out," says festival chairman Billy Foster. "We went through the entire festival schedule but it rained the entire weekend last year so we didn't do real well. We've had blessed weather this year and good crowds so we have a chance to survive now."
The festival is funded by a state grant for tourism dollars, using money given by BP to areas affected by the oil spill.
For downtown bars and restaurants, Best of the Bayou provides a chance to show off a little of what Houma has to offer.
"It gives the downtown vendors and other vendors an opportunity to come out and sell and do well," says Donna Malbrough, owner of Cafe Dominique. "Where perhaps sometimes festivals and big things may distract from our business, this helps us to be able to participate and we do really well."
Some people are seeing downtown Houma for the first time, but for Carrie Hebert, it's a chance to catch up with old friends.
"What's the exciting part is seeing the reunion of old friends," says the resident of Bayou Blue. "We've run across my uncle I haven't seen in a couple years. I've seen many friends that you know, you just run across through bad situations and it's so nice to see everybody with a big old grin and having fun."
The BP grant paid for two years of the Best of the Bayou festival but organizers hope to make it an annual event.
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