Hogs for the Cause, an annual charity barbecue cook-off and music festival that benefits families with children fighting brain cancer, announced Wednesday that its event will be moving from City Park to the UNO Lakefront Arena grounds next year.

The charity cited logistics, parking and "festival density in the Mid-City area" as the main reasons for the move.

“Our teams do so much to support us, that it is important for us to find a site that can support their growth,” said Becker Hall, director and co-founder of Hogs for the Cause. “The Lakefront location provides a beautiful, grassy spot right next to Lake Pontchartrain; the paved roads make it easier for the teams to bring in their smokers and other equipment for competition; and there is plenty of lighted secure parking for our patrons.”

Heavy rain plagued this year's event, causing the Friday session to be canceled. Rainy weather has been a common theme at the event in recent years, and seasoned participants and pork fanatics have learned to adapt in the past. Shrimp boots have become standard gear for many attendees and cook-off team members, and teams have been building more elaborate camp sites and party pavilions in part to be prepared for Mother Nature.

“City Park has been an incredible partner, and we thank them for all the extraordinary efforts they have made to help us create and grow our event,” Hall said.

The ninth annual event will be March 30-April 1, 2017.