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New Orleans French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Fest canceled for 2020

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Posted at 10:18 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:18:34-04

On Thursday, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announced that the New Orleans French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Organizers say the decision was made at the city's direction and out of caution for the safety of fans, musicians, staff and partners of the festivals.

"For the remainder of the year, FQFI will refocus our energy on innovating to create new ways to deliver on our mission in 2020. We look forward to returning stronger together," a release states.

French Quarter Festival which was postponed until October will now take place April 8 through 11, 2021.

Satchmo SummerFest will return to New Orleans from July 30 through August 1, 2021.

According to a release, in 2019, French Quarter Festival generated nearly $200 million for the city of New Orleans and hired over 1,700 local musicians.

The festival says it will launch a "Resilience Campaign" on its website where donors can receives festival merchandise and recognition for their support to bring back the festivals in 2021.

To learn more about the festivals and the Campaign, click here.

In April, the Essence Festival, Jazz Fest and Voodoo Fest all announced cancellations of 2020 events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival organizers say that they plan to return to the city in 2021.

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