Pull your dancing shoes out of the closet, and slather on the sunscreen: French Quarter Fest opens Thursday.

The free, local celebration, now in its 33rd year, runs through Sunday.

The 2016 festival will present hundreds of acts, the vast majority of them from south Louisiana. They represent every form of homegrown music, from hip-hop to traditional jazz.

Follow along here for live updates from New Orleans Advocate reporters and photographers at the festival.