Jazz Fest: By The Numbers

Apr 26, 2013

Two weekends. Seven days. Even the most casual Jazz Fest fan knows those numbers.

However, from food to facilities, a festival that draws upwards of 450,000 attendees is bound to result in some other remarkable numbers you might not have heard before. Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  • 500,000 pounds of trash collected in 2012.
  • 70,000 pounds of recycling collected in 2012.
  • 13,000 pounds of cheese, 8,000 pounds of flour, 4,000 pounds of crawfish and 120 pounds of ground red peppers are used to make Panorama Foods’ crawfish bread.
  • 12,000 pounds of rotini and 8,000 pounds of crawfish are used to make Kajun Kettle Foods’ Crawfish Monica.
  • 6700 citations issued in the Fair Grounds area in 2012.
  • 6,000 pounds of pork used to make Walker’s BBQ cochon de lait po-boys.
  • 2000 to 2200 pounds of crawfish sold daily at Smitty’s Seafood booth.
  • 1,475 feet of audio cable are used to keep the festival music pumping.
  • 950 microphones used per day at the festival, approximately.
  • 700 volunteers work a combined 10,000 hours
  • 600 pounds of alligator is what Fireman Mike Gowland expects to prepare this festival.
  • 500 portable toilets available to attendees.
  • 420 cars towed near the Fairgrounds during Jazz Fest 2012.
  • 171 Stage Production Krewe members per day to produce all 12 stages at the festival.
  • 156 vehicles booted during Jazz Fest 2012.
  • 34 parades officially scheduled for Jazz Fest 2013.