Nov 182012
 

The Soul Rebels perform a mid-afternoon set Saturday at the Fourth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival, which organizers said had a record turnout. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Perfect weather, a strong music lineup and an ideal location at one of the most prominent intersections in Uptown New Orleans combined Saturday to draw what by all accounts was the largest crowd yet for the Magazine Street Blues Festival.

“Without a doubt, this was the BEST turnout ever,” wrote organizer Trish Clay of COPS 2, the nonprofit that supports the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District, in an email after the festival.

Now in its fourth year, the free festival packed Laurence Square park at the intersection of Magazine and Napoleon with music enthusiasts. Artists’ booths filled the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground, while the basketball court next to the Second District station became a kids area with bounce castles and a giant inflatable slide.

Alonzo Douglas, who lives about a block from the park, dances to the music of the Soul Rebels as a crowd gathers around him. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Pussyfooters dance troupe entertains the crowd at the Magazine Street Blues Festival. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The festival lineup. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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