Apr 11, 2013 11:50 PM by Steven Albritton
As Festival International inches closer and closer over the next 13 days, event organizers are making sure the behind scenes heroes that make festival so special are there in full force.
"We've had an overwhelming response of people who want to volunteer for this years festival. Of course, we could always use more. It takes over 2000 volunteers to keep our festival going for all five days. We still have a bunch of great shifts available in a lot of fun areas," Marketing Director Apiyo Obala said.
Many volunteers return year after year to give their time to the biggest festival in Acadiana.
"You meet so many new people. You meet people that are local that come to volunteer. We've had a couple of times where people from across the world came," three year volunteer Leslie Wooters said.
For those who've been around even longer, like 15 year veteran volunteer Libby Guidry, Festival played a big role in the meeting her husband.
"We've had several friends who have met through Festival and then get married. Festival is just a great thing! I love it! I love it! I love it," she said.
To sign up to volunteer visit their website at www.festivalinternational.com/volunteers. As of right now, around 2300 people have signed up to volunteer. They are still looking for about 800 more to fill the remaining slots.