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Date: 1/21/13 9:07 PM

My husband and I are coming up on our 30th anniversary. (I'm not sure what icon fits best here!?!) It falls just about on the dates of the Jazz Festival. We've looked at the website and can't tell the best way to go about things. Day admission or VIP pass? Plenty of taxis to the fairgrounds or a rental car is better? Stay in the French Quarter? What else should we be sure to do? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 1/21/13 9:59 PM

What are the dates this year?

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Date: 1/21/13 10:42 PM

April 26 - May 5.

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Date: 1/22/13 11:49 AM

Don't have any personal experience with Jazz Festival, but have been to New Orleans for other things. Parking is horrendous so we don't bother with a rent car. We mostly walk, but there are lots of taxis if the walk is too far or the weather poor.

We prefer the business district, but have lots of friends who love to stay in the French Quarter. Depends on whether you want to be in the middle of the party or not... I find the French Quarter rooms mostly old-fashioned (aka "small").

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Date: 1/22/13 1:11 PM

I attended this festival some years ago, when it was a much smaller festival. Boots were required, as the grounds were a muddy mess from rain and after a while, a lot of crawfish shells and shrimp tails were trampled into the mud. It was worth the mess for the great music, including the Marsalis family and the Neville Brothers.

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Date: 1/22/13 2:04 PM

I would second no rental car. Boots may be too hot for all day walking, but my feet get hot regardless of the weather. The cool weather here generally is gone by April/May, but it's still a nice time of year and not disgustingly hot.
At that time of year, you are surely safe packing shorts and tank tops, and a couple of pair of old sneakers. The key is to NOT dress up, unless you snag a great dinner reservation, which there probably aren't many of those left in the FQ.

I LOVE the FQ, but New Orleans parties all night long, so it could still be loud right outside your door at 3am. Marriot on Canal St is nearby and quieter, the Hilton Riverside is nice, and right by the Riverwalk. Both of those places are a short hike from the FQ, but do-able. There are a couple of hotels on St Charles Ave which are nice. There are the streetcars too, which do go by the Riverwalk, and down St. Charles.
And, do not miss the uptown stroll down Magazine street. A Streetcar will take you there too.
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Date: 1/22/13 3:01 PM

never been to this particular jazz fest but im jealous... from my experience with other jazz fests, you may want to bring a cooler with frozen drinks ( they will melt thru-out the day providing you with a much needed cool drink) ...also wear something comfy, especially on your feet... lots of standing & walking.... we always brought beach/stadium chairs that fold & carry easily....bring lots of sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses ....

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Date: 1/22/13 8:44 PM

We might be going too this year...depending on the kids exam schedules. I have 2 jazz playing teens, so we thought it would be fun. DH has a friend who will let us stay at his apt "downtown" (don't really know what that means), and his sister is in charge of one of the venues and will try to get us backstage. I probably should do some research if we really think we may go. I wish it wasn't as big as it is now, but any music is good!

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Date: 1/22/13 8:50 PM

These posts are just the kind of thing I was hoping for- great pointers. Thanks.

TessKwiltz- relieved we can hoof it and grab a taxi if we poop out. Really don't want to deal with a rental car. Your comment on the FQ being up and rowdy all night, never would have thought of that.

DolphinDancer30- OK! Boot! Mud! Great Music! At least we won't have to get all gussied up and being muddy will be alright.

SouthernStitch- Living in San Francisco, the air-conditioned city, we're not used to hot heat. Glad that we won't be in the thick of it, but I don't want to jinx myself. Thanks for the hotel suggestions and places to stroll.

Hmmmmm . . . no one said a peep about fabric shopping? Yet.

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Date: 1/22/13 8:56 PM

Andi- we must have been posting at the same time. With children playing jazz, a place to stay and a chance to go backstage, yes! I'd research and go. We're going to do a little more prep, but probably just go for it. We tend to vacation a tad by the seat of our pants and have loads of fun. With all that great music, how could we miss? I mean now that I know about mud and shrimp peels being mushed underfoot.

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