Voodoo Fest in New Orleans canceled for 2nd straight year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second year in a row, organizers have canceled a Halloween weekend music festival in New Orleans.

Last year’s Voodoo Music and Arts Experience was among many festivals around the world canceled last year because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

A brief message posted Thursday on the festival’s website didn’t say why there won’t be one this October. People who have already bought tickets will be emailed about options to use them in 2022 or get refunds, it said.

“As our city reopens with an abundance of events to reconnect with, we look forward to holding our reunion when we can fully embrace the Voodoo experience,” the statement said.

With Louisiana’s pandemic restrictions over, other festivals are coming back. French Quarter Festivals Inc. announced weeks ago that its Satchmo Summerfest would take place July 31-Aug. 1. On Thursday it released the lineup for the city’s first post-pandemic in-person festival.

The Essence Festival of Culture, which was online last year, plans a hybrid festival June 25-27 and July 2-4.

Several spring festivals announced during the winter that they would be held in the fall. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, usually the last weekend in April and the first in May, will be Oct. 8-17.

It will be bracketed by the French Quarter Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, and Buku: Planet B on Oct. 22-23. The French Quarter Festival is usually in April and the Buku Music + Arts Project in March.

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