NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Hundreds of people crowded the gates outside the fairgrounds Friday morning to be the first inside for the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Early festival goers jammed to Johnny Sansone, as others got read for a local favorite, The Honey Island Swamp on the Acura stage.
The serious festers clamored at the gate to stake their spots at the Fair Grounds. Those are the diehards armed with floppy hats, folding chairs and flags.
The skies looked a little ominous, but Mother Nature was not going to keep partiers from parading.
Music is the star of the festival, but there is a ton of food to taste and festival gear to buy, like the 2015 official Jazz Fest Hawaiian shirt decorated with street cars and tokens for buttons.