NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - French Quarter Festival took a slight hit as stages were quieted by rain Friday afternoon, but after a torrential downpour, the music played to a crowd of dedicated fans.
"We're not letting it stop us at all. We've got the food, we've got the music, we've got the drinks, we've got the French Quarter Fest, and it is amazing," Lindsay Therrien, from New York, said.
Despite the rain, hundreds of people flocked to get a taste of what the Quarter has to offer.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to let people know we're in the city, we're locals, we love our city, we want people to come out and patronize us, because we've been here a long time," said Alvi Mogilles, who runs McHardy's Chicken & Fixins'.
But without the hundreds of volunteers, the free festival wouldn't be so easy on the wallet. It's why so many people come back to the Quarter to help out and keep the music playing.
"If it keeps it free for everybody, I mean we'd pay to see some of the acts, and I have paid to see some of the acts, and the idea is it's free and we've got this great food and the people are just wonderful down here and it's something we'd come back for every year. April is our French Quarter Fest and nothing stands in its way," Terry Flanagan, who lives in Flanders, New York, said.
"Not only is it free and everyone gets to come on by, all the neighborhood cats, but we're right on the Mississippi river and it's a beautiful view and everyone gets to soak up the view and the food and the music," American Idol star Haley Reinhart said.
Reinhart joined the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to rock out some jazzy versions of Led Zeppelin and Queen, but was blown away by the flavor the Quarter has to offer.
"It's by far, the coolest city, I think, and I come from a cool city, Chicago, but I live in LA and that's a cool place, but there's nothing quite like New Orleans and it's originality. You guys are super authentic in every aspect, and I really dig it," Reinhart said.
The festival continues through the weekend and concludes on Sunday.