Family Gras draws record crowd

Family Gras draws record crowd

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Beautiful weather this weekend helped draw huge crowds to Family Gras in Metairie. In fact, organizers say, they broke records.

Singing along, thousands jammed out to The Monkee's at Family Gras Saturday.

"I'm so ecstatic to see them. Micky Dolenz is my favorite," Carolyn Morrison said.

Monte Carter adds, "I remember The Monkees when I was growing up, I love them."

Big-name acts and warm weather are drawing out more people than ever, prompting officials to give festival goers a little more room.

"They're gonna shut down Veterans earlier than they ever have because of the crowd and how many people are pouring into the street," Greg Buisson, Family Gras Producer, said.

Repeat visitors notice the changes in crowd size too, but don't mind.

"Always great acts, it gets better every year," Crystal Terrell said.

And vendors are certainly grateful for the attendance records being broken.

"The crowds have been wonderful and business is excellent," said Cathy Marshall, a vendor working at Family Gras this weekend. "We are thoroughly enjoying it."

The added bonus of Family Gras; fest goers can not only catch a concert and some great eats, but there are also parades nearby.

"We can just stay here and go across the street and find the perfect spot for us to stay, listen to music, parades, catch beads, this, that and the other," Breanna Atkins said.

For the folks who attend every year, they say Family Gras has everything you could want.

"I love the fact the food is really, really good and a lot of port-o-lets, that's always important," Leslie Priest said.

The fun will wrap up Sunday. The headlining act, The Band Perry will close out Family Gras 2016 on a high note!

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