Bayou Boogaloo started two hours late Sunday after being delayed by thunderstorms and a tornado watch that was issued for the New Orleans area.

The Bayou St. John festival's founder and producer, Jared Zeller, canceled the first act, Lulu & the Broadsides, at the Port Orleans Dumaine Stage, and a class by Swan River Yoga at the Urban South Lafitte Stage. Both were scheduled for 11 a.m.

The festival's music finally started at 1:10 p.m. with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys at the Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans stage.

The gates were initially scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Because of the rain, Zeller then anticipated opening them at 11 a.m. and starting the music shortly thereafter, but he pushed the starting time back in a series of updates while the worst of the rainstorms passed.

"We're still in a holding pattern," he said on Twitter about 11:45 a.m. "Safety is most important! Don't want any staff, musicians, or attendees out there in lightning."

In the morning, Zeller had said he planned to open up the 2019 festival's final day 30 minutes after the "last lightning or thunder clap," adding that he and other festival organizers were "updating as we go." 

A band of storms that rolled through the region brought severe weather, rain and a flood advisory that lasted until 1:15 p.m.

Forecasters also warned of possible isolated tornadoes and damaging winds throughout the region.

This was the second year in a row that Bayou Boogaloo was the victim of bad weather.

Last year, a severe thunderstorm sent the festival's tents flying as rain and hail pounded down, causing the festival to cancel the entire opening day.

Over the years, the three-day festival has become known for its wild floating creations on Bayou St. John, wide variety of music and array of local food and art vendors.


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