Sunday afternoon at the Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans, June 15, 2014
The sets in this collection were taken Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the second and last day of the 8th annual Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Festival, held in Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans and sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. Entrance to the festival was free.
This was the first year that the festival was held at Armstrong Park, a very inviting setting with plenty of a shade trees and a pond and with lots of room for food and crafts vendors. The music stage was set up next to a building facing a concrete plaza—no problem with backlighting and good overhead lighting at the front of the stage.
I arrived at 3:15 p.m. in time to catch the Lost Bayou Ramblers, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and guest Jo-El Sonnier, and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys.
I hadn’t photographed Rosie Ledet in five years, so her performance was one of the main reasons I decided to drive down from Eunice to New Orleans, a trip that I rarely make. On my way to the park, I managed to miss the turnoff (I needed to stay on I-10 headed toward Slidell in order to take the French Quarter exit) and instead chose the “Business District” route, which took me across the river to Gretna, but I quickly reversed course and took the Claiborne exit. As I went down the ramp, I recognized immediately where I was and drove directly to Armstrong Park, so my detour cost me only about 10 minutes. Ample parking was available across from the park at a cost of $10.
For more on the festival, go to www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco.
For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com