The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of disruption to the world, and the NEW ORLEANS Jazz Fest is no exception. On Sunday, organizers announced that the festival has been canceled due to current health concerns. Beau Tidwell, spokesman for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, said that while the cancellation was appropriate, it was still a huge disappointment. This is especially true for businesses in the city that rely on the additional traffic that Jazz Fest brings in.
Jazz Fest is an annual event that celebrates the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. It is held at the Fair Grounds Racecourse and features performances by national and international artists. This year's lineup included Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, H. E.
R., The Rolling Stones, and many more. Unfortunately, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana, the festival has been canceled for the second consecutive year. The cancellation of Jazz Fest is a major setback for the city's economic recovery. Many business owners and hospitality groups are concerned that the expected uptick in the coming months will now seem much more uncertain. This is especially true for businesses that did not receive any federal aid through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The cancellation of Jazz Fest is a huge disappointment for music fans as well.
Many people had already made plans to attend the festival this year, including one woman from Washington who was supposed to see The Rolling Stones perform. She and her friend were devastated when they heard the news. Even though Jazz Fest has been canceled this year, organizers are hopeful that it will be able to return in 2021. In order to make this happen, it is important for everyone to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If we all work together, we can make sure that next year's Jazz Fest will be bigger and better than ever before.