Danae and Allan have different views of Jazz Fest at this time in their lives. Danae will be out there every day from sunup to sundown. Allan, who used to love listening to the performers in the Gospel Tent, will stay home and watch the news clips on TV. He can’t handle the crowds anymore and all the walking makes his back hurt.
This year’s festival brings four great stories to mind. Just a few weeks ago Danae stopped into the Subway sandwich shop across from Place St. Charles and met young, gregarious Di, a high school honors student attending Walker-Landry in Algiers. She was at Subway for two reasons – her hard-working mother makes sandwiches there and she had come from a job interview at the new Riverwalk Outlet Mall. Though just about to graduate from high school, Di boasted that working at Riverwalk would be her third job, having spent two summers employed through Mayor Landrieu’s youth job program.