Sure, cypress trees swayed along Lafayette's Jefferson Street all day Saturday, backdrop banners were absent from stages and the lowered stage caps made the performers look a little taller.

But as gray clouds blocked the sun and a stiff breeze blew, so did the horns of France's Ceux Qui Marchent Debout as Festival International de Louisiane sailed through the afternoon of its second to last day in downtown.

And that put a smile on the face of Scott Feehan, Festival's executive director.

"We got luck so far. No rain today," Feehan said. "It looks like we're going to make it the rest of the day with no rain."

Sunday could prove a different story, although Feehan is optimistic, recalling a couple of years ago when the sky opened up then closed later on.

"A few years ago, we had a thunderstorm all morning Saturday, and I remember at 1:30 when the storm stopped, people just showed up," said Feehan. "This community is passionate about Festival."

Still, he's keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts.

 "It looks like we might get wet tomorrow morning, but hopefully it will be finished by noon," Feehan said. "And then we should have a beautiful day afterward."

Earlier Saturday morning, before the fete began, the wind wreaked some havoc, sending tents, ticket booths, trash and recycle boxes tumbling.

The wind gusts also posed challenges for sound man Steve Struck, of Sound South, manning the boards at Scene TV5Monde Lafayette.

"We have a lot of acoustic instruments," Struck said, with small microphones attached. "It's hard to pick up the volume of an acoustic ibstrument over the noise of the wind ... Today there's so much wind, it's a nightmare."

A nightmare for some is a dream come true for others, like John Hebert of Lafayette, who had been dancing to C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

"It's a pretty day," said Hebert, who added that while the wind is "hard on the tent people" it cools off the dance floor.

As the band Belzebuth went through the sound check, Cite des Arts volunteers hustled getting beer to thirsty festival-goers nearby.

"Have your I.D. ready," a woman called to a small throng gathering at the booth.

Maureen Brennan, Cite's executive director, said proper identification is needed to purchase beer; wrinkles and gray hair are beside the point.

"I don't have a staff that's been trained or at least experienced," Brennan said. "It's simpler if we ID everyone. We know what type of ID to look for."

Festival International de Louisiane continues through Sunday, closing at sunset. Following tradition, a French Mass is in the mix for the final day of Festival.