Vendors, organizers finish setting up for Jazz Fest

Vendors, organizers finish setting up for Jazz Fest
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Jazz Fest organizers have finished setting up for a two-weekend-long celebration of music, food and fun.

Vendors put the finishing touches to make sure their booths are up and ready to go.

"Making the syrups, the different flavors for the Sno-balls and like I said, just fine tuning everything, and we'll be good to go. We have ice, we got water, electricity, so we're ready," said Albert Delaney with CC's Sno-balls said.

He said it takes about two days to set up.

"We kind of have fun because this is the only time of the year we get to see most of the guys that work here, so we kind of socialize, catch up on what's been going on," Delaney said.

Delaney is no amateur when it comes to Jazz Fest. The booth he works at has been there for more than 30 years, and it sits at a prime spot.

"We're right on the side of the Gentilly Stage here, and right across from the daiquiri booth. So when adults go get daiquiris for themselves, they bring their kids over and get a sno-ball afterwards, so we're in a nice area," Delaney said.

Musicians are also gearing up for their performances.

"I've been performing at Jazz Fest since 2005 with many different groups, but this year I'm performing with the Revivalists," said keyboardist and trumpet player Michael Girardot.

He will also be performing Sunday with the Royal Teeth and Sweet Crude at the Gentilly Stage.

"I'm feeling great, you know? Jazz Fest, you know, this is a perfect time. The weather, it's warm now, it's a great time to be outside, and it's just a whirlwind two weeks, you know, so much music, so much food," Girardot said.

While his local band has been traveling all over to perform, Girardot says there's something special about performing at the Fair Grounds.

"It's really cool, you know, to be performing at the Gentilly Stage. It's kind of a home for us, and it's always great to be performing at hometown shows. All of our family, all of our friends are here, we got some really great special guests," Girardot said.

He will also be performing at the Saenger Theatre next Thursday.