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Festival-goers listen to Irma Thomas perform during the first day of French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER

French Quarter Fest has canceled its Saturday schedule because of bad weather in the New Orleans area.

"Due to the threat of severe weather, French Quarter Festival officials announce that the festival is cancelled on Saturday, April 14," organizers said. "Weather threats include damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and a flash flood watch. The festival will reopen for its final day on Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m. The full cancellation includes all outdoor and indoor performances and special events."

"Our first priority is the safety of our attendees, artists, chefs, and community," said Emily Madero, President and CEO of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. "This difficult decision comes after meeting with weather and security officials. We will resume full operations on Sunday and look forward to a day of music, food, and culture!"

It's been a bit of a rocky start for the popular music festival with the weather creating problems and an estimated 4,200 gallons of diesel oil pilling into the Mississippi River, few miles upriver from the festival site, on Thursday.

The spill could be seen and smelled along the wharf running the length of Woldenberg Park, home to three of the French Quarter Festival’s most popular stages.