French Quarter Festival will go on as planned starting at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, organizers said, despite rainy conditions expected to last throughout the day.
The free festival had temporarily shut down stages on Friday and Saturday because of weather conditions. On Friday, an hour-long shutdown beginning around 4 p.m. cut short a set by Irma Thomas when a violent squall rolled through the French Quarter, bringing pouring rain and thunder.
On Saturday evening, French Quarter Fest hit another snag with an hour-long delay starting shortly before 6 p.m. The Jackson Square stage closed for the day, but other musical acts continued until the last act, which was scheduled as late as 9 p.m.
Festival director Marci Schramm said Sunday that despite continued rain, however, the event would start on time for it’s last day this year, according to reports. She added that weather conditions would be monitored throughout the day.
Organizers also took to Facebook and Twitter to remind patrons that the festival has plenty of indoor stages and events, but that Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport, Big Sams Funky Nation and other scheduled acts would go on outside, despite the weather.
The full French Quarter Festival schedule is available here.