New Orleans festivals this week: Freret, Julia, and others

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Three festival events kick off in New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend:

Saturday, April 7

Freret Street Festival – Freret Street has recently (and virtually overnight) turned into a restaurant row to rival most others in our city. What started out with the cocktail-centric bar, Cure, has turned into an impressive restaurant lineup. As such, a festival has been started by the local businesses to keep the focus on the street’s rebirth and to show off its culinary chops. The Freret Street Festival will have over 200 vendors with food, adult beverages, arts and crafts, and other collectables. It will also highlight a petting zoo for children and four stages of local music. Admission is free. The festival is located on Freret Street, between Napoleon and Soniat Streets.

Jammin’ on Julia – This festival is a fundraiser for the New Orleans Art District. There is an art walk through the famous Julia Street art gallery row, two music stages featuring local musicians, food, adult beverages and merchandise. The festival is locatted in the Julia Street Arts District between St. Charles Avenue and Commerce Street in the Warehouse District.

April 7-28

Art in April – THis month-long festival is really a celebration of the arts at the farmer’s market in Araqbi, Louisiana. It includes art, food, music, crafts, and activities for the kids. Admission is free and there is are awards presented to the best artists on April 21. It is located at 409 Aycock Street, Arabi, Louisiana.

All of these festivals will serve alcoholic beverages and we strongly recommend, for your safety, that you avoid drinking and driving. It is very likely that the State and local police will set up sobriety checkpoints near or around these festivals and they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DWI, call Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias immediately at 504-717-2093 for a free consultation. Our experienced DWI lawyers are available to provide you with the help you need to protect your rights.

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile