The cancellation of the Jazz Fest could set the tone for other upcoming events

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – About a month ago things started to improve, but now events like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are being postponed again due to COVID concerns.

Event organizers say they are moving the event to next spring due to “the ongoing public health emergency.” The sudden announcement strikes many people by surprise.

“The cancellation of the Jazz Fest is a huge wake-up call,” said Kelly Schultz, organizer of the Jazz Fest. “We need to vaccinate more people, so it’s disappointing. It’s a setback. “

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“I’m surprised this happened so quickly,” said Paul Arrigo, CEO of Visit Baton Rouge.

Arrigo said he was worried after learning that the Jambalaya Festival canceled its event last week for the same reason. A drop in attendance was somewhat expected but canceling completely was the last resort.

“The Jazz Fest worries me in the sense that it is an event of such magnitude and that it is so relatively distant. I hope the other events along the way by then, especially the Baton Rouge ones, I hope they continue, ”said Arrigo.

He also said that for now, events in Baton Rouge, such as “Live After Five”, are still to go as planned.

“Live After Five” will begin later in August and run through the fall season, ”Arrigo added.

While he remains optimistic about events in the capital, he won’t be surprised if others follow the lead of Jazz Fest throughout the week ahead.

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