COVID-19 surge could impact festivals and large events in Acadiana

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced on Sunday that they will be canceling their October event due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases. Many are wondering if we will see the same here.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 9:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced on Sunday that they will be canceling their October event due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.

With festival season approaching in Acadiana, many are wondering if we will see the same happening here.

Carley Rodriguez is a festival-goer that works in downtown Lafayette. She thinks that festival directors should consider canceling their events while there’s still a surge in cases.

“Close to New Orleans obviously, Lafayette has a pretty big community and I definitely think that festival should kind of take a little pause right now, you know, I mean, who's to say the next couple months, it can get better,” Rodriguez said.

Some of Rodriguez’s favorite events to attend are Festival De International and Crawfish Fest. She said that she won’t be in attendance to any festivals while we’re still in the pandemic.

“I know four people right now that are at home with COVID and I have never known that many people at one specific time to have COVID. So, that's kind of scary to me because even though there, people are still catching it,” she said.

Camp Bon Coeur was expecting to host its biggest event of the year Hearty Party this month but decided to cancel due to the surge of coronavirus cases.

“It was definitely a no-brainer. I mean, we didn't want to cancel it. But risking the health of our campers was just, it's not an option,” Susannah Craig, the director of Camp Bon Coeur, said.

Hearty Party is a fundraiser for their camp for children with heart defects. When the organization hosted the event in 2019, they raised over $70,000.

“Our kids are already susceptible to other things because of their congenital heart defect and with this delta variant and so many children getting it, it was just, it's scary,” she said.

Craig said that it is each event’s decision to make the final call.

“The health and wellness of the community is more important. So, I think I would just take that in mind when people are deciding what to do. I know it's a scary decision, and I know that it puts all of us in a really difficult position. But I think you just have to go with your gut and do what you think is right,” she said.

The Scott Boudin Fest is the next event set to happen in Acadiana. They have not announced if they would cancel the event.

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