New Orleans Jazz Festival Canceled for Second Straight Year over Coronavirus Fears

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 30: Members of the Young Olympia Aid and New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, with Paulin Brothers Brass Band, parade through out the crowd during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 30, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina hit the area last …
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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set down for the fall has been canceled, with organizers explaining Sunday the “ongoing public health emergency” driven by the coronavirus epidemic is to blame.

Among the bands scheduled to perform was the Rolling Stones, who were scheduled to take to the stage Oct. 13, UPI reports.

Popularly known as “Jazz Fest,” the 10-day festival was also axed last year for the same reason.

Typically filled with people, Bourbon Street is seen nearly empty on the first day of Jazz Fest 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 23, 2020. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell recommended the cancellation of all festivals and large events in the city for the remainder of 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (CLAIRE BANGSER/AFP via Getty Images)

Typically filled with people, Bourbon Street is seen nearly empty on the first day of Jazz Fest 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 23, 2020. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell recommended the cancellation of all festivals and large events in the city for the remainder of 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (CLAIRE BANGSER/AFP via Getty Images)

“As a result of the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in the New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency, we must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to take place October 8 -17, 2021, will not occur as planned,” festival organizers said in a statement.

The festival will be re-scheduled for its normal two weeks in the spring, and is now set to run next year with the hope of recapturing some of the excitement and public engagement of past events.

News of bleak future of the mass public event came on the same weekend former U.S. President Barack Obama and his selected Hollywood elite gathered maskless to celebrate his 60th birthday as Breitbart News reported.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell was left to mourn the cancellation of her event, which attracts thousands to the city, saying it was “appropriate but really disappointing.”

“We believe that the Jazz Fest organizers made the right call, heartbreaking though it is,” she said in a statement. “The Delta variant has created an extremely dangerous environment — threatening the lives of our children and vulnerable populations and threatening our hopes for an economic recovery.”

Members of Deacon Jones band performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

“We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the Festival during its traditional timeframe,” the statement read. “Next year’s dates are April 29 – May 8, 2022.”

The annual event is one of the major economic engines for New Orleans, attracting an older and affluent crowd for its two week runs.

Nearly 500,000 people attended in the pre-coronavirus days of the festival.

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