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With the hundreds of thousands of people flowing in and out of the Fairgrounds for Jazz Fest, there’s bound to be some items left behind.
Fear not, there is a “Lost and Found” booth at Jazz Fest which is helping fest-goers find their missing items.

If you lost something at Jazz Fest, you can call 504-942-7711 or e-mail




NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – There’s a lot of festivals in New Orleans, but some things you can only see at Jazz Fest.

Twist reporter Erin Nicole checked out the side show today. Click the above video player to see why she says Jazz Fest makes people watching an extreme sport.


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - It’s a beautiful day to be at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Susy and LBJ got to sneak away from work and headed to the Fair Grounds for a couple of hours Friday.

They were in search of something everyone wants at Jazz Fest — but few people find. You can’t buy it..   You can’t borrow it… But you’ll give anything, to get it.

It’s shade!

One obvious place to find shade is at one of the picnic tables under a tent. Just remember that the unofficial Jazz Fest etiquette requires you to leave as soon as you finish the last bite.

Sometimes you could steal some shade under an awning at one of the food booths.

Or park your butt under the Legends of Jazz Fest Billboards in Congo Square and wait for the sun to set behind you. You’ll be swallowed by shade!

Of course, smart people bring umbrellas.

NEW ORLEAN (WGNO) - If you go out to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend be sure to check out the Brazil tent.

It’s this year’s featured country!

Twist reporter Deepak Saini got the 411 on the Brazilian culture on Friday.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Only three days left to get your crawfish bread!

And did you know that the only place on earth where you can buy crawfish bread is at the fairgrounds during these two weekends every spring.

WGNO found the inventor of crawfish bread, who gladly explained its delicious secrets.

So exactly who invented this cheese-filled, crawfish-tail-laden heaven in a crust?

His name is John Ed Laborde. And it’s a family owned business in Marksville, Louisiana.

Where else can I get crawfish bread?

Only at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Laborde’s Panorama Foods, located in Marksville

He can ship you some and if you’re really nice “I’ll bring it to you myself whenever I come to New Orleans or Baton Rouge,” he said.

Laborde bakes up whole loaves –thousands of them–at his catering business in central Louisiana, and then brings them down to Jazz Fest where he heats them up in giant ovens and sells gooey slices of them to thousands every year — at seven dollars a pop.

The cheesy filling is his own recipe, but he admits he stole the bread recipe and from an unlikely source.

“I got the bread recipe from the lunch lady at my elementary school,” Laborde said.

The best things in life really are that simple and delicious.

At New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, there’s a lot of see. And as WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood found, you really see something when you ask people to “show me your tattoos”!

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Available parking during Jazz Fest is always a hot commodity. To ensure festival goers and neighbors surrounding the fairgrounds have a pleasant experience, the City of New Orleans is issuing reminders. WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter takes a look at parking do’s and don’ts.

The second and final weekend of Jazz Fest 2014 is here, and with it comes the issue of parking.

“Doesn’t bother me,” festival goer Curt Futch said.

Curt and Ann Futch have attended the festival at least 15-years.

“We’ve never not found a parking space and probably the longest we’ve circled is 25 minutes,” Ann Futch said.

“We’ve always paid a homeowner to park in front of their house or to park in their yard,” Curt Futch added.

Property owners like Darran Harper are offering parking for a price.

He says he’s provided a much needed service to concert goers the past four years.

“If have regular customers that really pays in advance to secure a spot and they’re comfortable with it so who am if hurting,” Harper said.

But city enforcement officials are making the rounds to ensure local businesses are in compliance.

City code requires businesses to get permits for parking on commercially zoned property. Non-profit organizations must apply for a permit too.

The fee for a commercial business is $265.25 and $30.oo for non-profits.

WGNO News has learned shuttle service to Jazz Fest from First Baptist Church has been suspended due to city regulations.

Church leaders at the 5290 Canal Blvd. address had no comment.

“If think when you add the event of transporting someone that’s a different game, so if think that needs to be more regulated,” Curt Futch said.

Parking enforcement is also looking for illegal parking; including blocking hydrants, driveways, and sidewalks.

Parking too close to crosswalks, intersections, and stop signs will also get you ticketed or towed.

“This year they have been great! They’ve been great,” Harper said about enforcement officials. “They’re not harassing anybody. Actually they’re doing a good job.”

The city will aggressively enforce rules against unlicensed vendors selling products near the festival.

There is still time to get a permit at City Hall Friday between 8 a.m. – 3:30pm.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Oscar’s hat pins are a huge hit a Jazz Fest


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – It’s “local’s day” at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And Wild Bill Wood takes us to a show you won’t see on stage!

He’s asking people to show him their tattoos.