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Infrogmation of New Orleans

Jazz Fest is almost here, along with the annual festivities that go on in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. While there are strict rules about what people can sell outside of the festival, there is a whole economy that exists just beyond the gates. You can have an experience at Jazz Fest without even going in. Producers Kelley Crawford and Sarah Holtz head to the fest to discover what goes on outside the gates of the Fairgrounds. 

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This past Saturday marked the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby, the yearly horse race at the Fair Grounds that serves as one of the feeders to the Kentucky Derby.

Thousands of people came out to enjoy the races and the new infield festival, held in an area familiar to many as the home of the Jazz Fest. The festival included live music and a line up of some of the city's most popular food trucks, and helped spur on-track betting to its second-highest total in history, according to information released by the track.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation applies to about 700 horses currently stabled at Fair Grounds, as well as all workers.

Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west.

It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to the Florida Panhandle.

Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency. St. Charles Parish is stocking all sandbag locations; people will need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.