Sunday evening marked the conclusion of the 28th annual Festival International de Louisiane. The festival had big numbers this year according to Festival Board President Craig Minnick.
"We're about as strong as we were last year, maybe a little bit stronger with the amount of people. I understand from a man at LCVC that all of the hotels are sold out which is a wonderful thing for the community," said Minnick.
Despite a little rain on the last day of Festival International, festivities did not slow down. Bands continued to play and festival goers kept moving their feet to the sounds of music. "The festival has been fantastic. The weather pretty much cooperated for the five days. The city has just been a wonderful host for us here. The patrons have just been fantastic having a great time, everybody is wearing a smile," said Minnick.
The festival brings many people back each year such as Brittany Cernek who says this marks her third year attending Festival International. " I love the music and the arts, the culture, the bands, the food obviously and the dancing. I come here to dance so dancing and the music are the best for me," said Cernek. For some, such as Gabrielle Boykin from New Orleans, it was their first time attending.
"I wanted to experience Festival International. I heard stories about the festival. I actually lived here for a little bit and didn't get to experience it so I wanted to come back here and get that good experience," said Boykin. According to Minnick, a toast was held in honor of all of the hard work that went into putting this free five day festival together. "The toast is sort of a recap for the week, everybody who's really put in the hard work. We really just wanted to recognize the great achievement we had to produce a five day festival," said Minnick. Minnick said he looks forward to next year's event.