The Jazz Fest is officially over.... sigh...
The closing party was very fun: it started with a Mardi Gras parade which ran from Ste. Catherine St. and Fort St all the way to the Quartier des Spectacles, New Orleans-style, with floats "imported" from the American South and bead necklaces galore. Once the parade arrived at the jazz fest site, the Soul Rebels Brass Band took the main stage, followed by Trombone Shorty and his septet Orleans Avenue, and legendary Louisiana R&B pianist and singer Allen Toussaint, the last shows of the Festival.
As someone said to local newspaper The Gazette, "It's fantastic," he said. "Terrific. It even had bagpipers doing When the Saints Go Marching In. Voodoo dolls and bagpipes..."
As the parade wound down -so to speak -Taylor said, "It was a great sight -Ste. Catherine completely commandeered. Everyone's heading down to site. I have no idea how they'll all fit in. "
Radio show host Jona Rapoport, who's been covering the Jazz Festival for 25 years, was at the parade, and kindly shared her photos with this blog. (Here's the link to her radio show, Art & Fine Living with Jona).