Satchmo SummerFest imposes admission fee

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - You won't be able to enjoy Satchmo SummerFest for free this year.

Festival organizers say they're implementing a $5 daily admission fee to keep the quality of the event high and build towards growth and future expansion. Kids 12-years-old and younger will still be allowed free admission.

Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis Armstrong. The annual festival, which started in 2001, has grown into a three day event filled with entertainment, education, and fare from some of New Orleans most notable restaurants.

Organizers say this year's festival will showcase New Orleans' most important indigenous traditions, such as a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme; a traditional second line parade; and traditional jazz dance lessons. A full schedule of performers will be released later this month.

Satchmo SummerFest will take place July 30 to August 2 on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.

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