Weather not expected to dampen New Orleans fireworks

No slow summer for NOLA

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Between the Fourth of July and the ever-growing Essence Festival, it's a busy week and weekend for New Orleans. But the city's weather always poses some problems.

Heat, rain, humidity are all reasons people tend to not visit New Orleans this time of year, but mother nature isn't enough to keep people away this holiday week especially.

With all eyes on the sky tomorrow, Senior Technician Bill Hatchett says the rain did set them back a bit.

"The rain hurt us a little bit this morning but we had already planned for that," said Hatchett.

He says they still have a bit of a checklist to complete tomorrow, but he has complete confidence the show will go on without any delay on their part.

"The show is choreographed to American music, patriotic music so a lot of red white and blue in the fireworks as well as in the music," said Hatchett.

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Leaders at the Convention and Vsitors Bureau know the summer months are slow for New Orleans tourism. But this week is one of the more popular summer weekends for two main events: the Fourth of July and the Essence Festival.

Kristian Sonnier says they're forecasting about 98 percent occupancy around the city this week.

And during the typically slower, summer months Sonnier says tourism is doing as well as it can be.

"We're looking to host probably about half a million attendees in 4 days and last year that generated a 200 million dollar shot in the arm for our economy," said Sonnier.

The fireworks show will go on rain or shine tomorrow; only lightning would cancel or delay it.

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