Marci Schramm

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The Vieux Carré will become ground zero this week as the French Quarter Festival — the largest free music festival in the southeast — kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration with four days of music.

We sat down with Marci Schramm, the festival’s executive director, to learn more about what’s on tap for this year’s festivities.

Highlights from the interview:

On reaching the 30-year milestone:

This week host Diane Mack goes Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at French Quarter Festival in the Vieux Carré, and talks with members of the New Orleans Nightingales who are set to perform at the Fest.

Plus, a look back at  World's Fairs in the exhibit Inventing the Modern World, now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Airs Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 7:35 a.m.
 

It is billed as the largest free music festival in the South.  Over a half-million people are expected in and around the Vieux Carré as the French Quarter Festival kicks-off four days of music, food and fun.