Feb 6th, 2011 by mardigras
Promising a “star-studded” lineup of more than 20 bands and artists on a pair of stages, Jefferson Parish officials will announce on Tuesday the lineup for the return of the Family Gras festival for a three-day run in the heart of East Jefferson.
After a one-year break due to last year’s conflict with the Super Bowl run by the New Orleans Saints, Family Gras returns Feb. 25-27 in the median of Veterans Memorial Boulevard between Lakeside Shopping Center and Whole Foods Market, according to a press release.
Family Gras 2009 attracted 80,000 people for the three-day festival, with a $6.3 million economic impact, according to a study by the University of New Orleans, Violet Peters, CEO of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau said in a press release on Monday.
Additionally, there was an 83 percent occupancy rate for the parish’s 7,200 hotel rooms during the 2009 festival weekend.
In addition to the two stages and more than 20 bands and musical acts for this year’s festival, there also will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors located in the Whole Foods parking lot and 14 food and drink vendors.
Additions planned for this year’s event include the Jester’s Kids Tent and an Interview Tent, where the public can meet and greet the musicians.
Family Gras, which began in 2007, promotes Carnival in Jefferson Parish and offers concerts by national and local artists that are free to the public. This year, for the first time, a $99 pass will be available for people who want VIP backstage access and premium viewing access for all three days. Tickets will be available through Tickmaster beginning Tuesday, Peters said in the release.
The press conference to announce Family Gras musical lineup will be 1 p.m. at First NBC Bank at 521 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. Some of the top stars for the 2009 festival included Sara Bareilles, Better Than Ezra, Jesse McCartney and Lee Ann Womack.