Freret Street Festival draws record 23,500 attendees

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Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival on Saturday. (Robert Morris,

With the assistance of perfect springtime weather, the Freret Street Festival drew a record 23,500 people on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Saturday’s attendance far exceeded the estimate of 15,000 in 2012, said Andrew Amacker, president of the Neighbors United community group, who conducts crowd counts every year.

Christy Lorio of Freret Street examines art at a booth in front of the new Gasa Gasa performance space on Saturday. (Robert Morris,

Freret Street Festival attendees examine artwork inside the Brottworks glass studio on Saturday. (Robert Morris,

Ted Rozier of Metairie walks his pet pig Norman in the grass along Freret. The pig enjoys festival-going, and also marched in the Krewe of Barkus, said Rozier: “One pig and several thousand dogs.” (Robert Morris,

Chad Harris builds a guitar from an old clock face next to Du Mois Gallery. (Robert Morris,

William Terry of Bayou Soap Company, a Freret Market regular, prepares a purchase for a customer. (Robert Morris,

Stan Norwood talks politics while he cuts hair in the crowded Dennis Barber Shop during the Freret Street Festival. (Robert Morris,

Vendors prepare sno-balls for waiting crowds on Freret Street. (Robert Morris,

A couple bows and curtsies following a performance by the Claude Bryant All-Stars at the Publiq House/Homebank Stage at Zeus’ Place. (Robert Morris,

See below to read live comments from people at the festival.

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