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Satchmo Summer Fest continues to grow in popularity

Sunday marked the final day to the 14th annual Satchmo Summerfest. Every summer thousands flock to the Old U.S. Mint to hear many performers, including local acts, all to celebrate the life of the late jazz-great Louis Armstrong.

"This is the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans and we keep it really pure (go to dancing or different shots of people) every minute of every day is about celebrating the life of Louis Armstrong," said Marci Schramm with French Quarter Festivals.

When it comes to fans, Carl Peter is one of the biggest. He traveled from the Netherlands for a taste of Louis's musical roots. "The 20-hour flight was worth it," said Peter.

With the thousands flocking to the Big Easy for the festival, hotel room bookings helped provide a big boost to the local economy. "With the hotel rooms this weekend, Saturday night were 98 percent full, so we are really proud that we fill the hotel rooms," said Schramm. "The economic impact last year was 8.4 million, which is pretty significant for such a medium-sized festival."

The Baby Dolls, a local favorite were featured in the Satchmo Summerfest Parade. The crowds wanted all New Orleans had to offer. Young people were wide-eyed at the remarkable sounds.

"We're trying to teach the younger generation why they should love Louis and what he did for the world," said Schramm.

Young and old tapped spreading the word about a festival that seems to have wings.

"I keep telling people enjoy this little festival while it's still little because in a few years you'll see it growing out into the neighborhood more... programming more music which is great," said Schramm.

The festival wrapped with local musician Kermit Ruffins paying tribute to Armstrong. Also featured was a heartfelt tribute to New Orleans Jazz Legend Lionel Ferbos who passed away on July 19th. Ferbos' daughter was in attendance and accepted a picture of her from the last time he played at the Satchmo Summerfest.

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