More than 450 partygoers took over Antoine’s to kick off the French Quarter Festival at its opening night gala. This is the fourth year French Quarter Festivals, Inc. has given away fundraising generated from the opening night gala, and this year’s event showed support for The Roots of Music and New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint as beneficiaries committed to the young musicians of New Orleans and the cultural and musical heritage of the city.
The Patron Party preceded the event, featuring entertainment by Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz. Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band kicked off the gala with a performance in the Antoine’s Annex, while Sarah Quintana performed upstairs.
Patrons mingled throughout Antoine’s many themed dining rooms and enjoyed the restaurant’s cuisine and an open bar. The dynamic crowd included artists, public officials, festival organizers, the Merry Antoinettes and more.
Emcee Dino Hanson welcomed guests and introduced event speakers, which included Jeremy Thibodeaux, Chairman of the Board; Emily Madero, Incoming FQFI President and CEO; Leah Brown, Policy Government and Public Affairs Manager at Chevron to discuss partnership highlights; and Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Romig highlighted the impact of the French Quarter Festival on New Orleans and Louisiana.
Event Chairs included Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Smith and Mr. and Mrs. David Teich. Honorary Chairs were Governor John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Chevron Gulf of Mexico VP Mark Hatfield.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
When: Thursday, April 6