NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Attendance at this year's French Quarter Festival drastically declined.
This year's figures indicate that 386,000 festival-goers attended the 32nd annual French Quarter Festival.
Though hotel occupancy was at 98 percent, inclement weather impacted attendance, which hit a record 733,000 in 2014.
Despite low attendance, food vendors cranked up the heat. Rouses sold over 20,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, and Plum Street Snowballs went through 45,000 pounds of sugar to make the syrups used in their 'spirited' and regular snowballs.
French Quarter Festival, which began in 1984, has grown to become the largest free music festival in the United States. Twenty-three music stages featured the best of New Orleans music and over 115 food and beverage booths lined the streets.