JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a rough 7 days in the news, hundreds of folks flocked downtown on Saturday to take pleasure in the longstanding custom of the Jacksonville Jazz Pageant.
It was refreshing to see smiling faces all acquiring a good time, and men and women arrived to the free function ready with garden chairs, umbrellas — and waters.
For some persons, this free of charge event could not have occur at a much better time.
“Since the pandemic this is the very first time we’ve experienced a jazz festival in two many years,” stated just one attendee. “I’m truly delighted. I’m happy to see the people today.”
Tons of food truck options have been obtainable to tempt new music lovers’ tastebuds.
The pageant runs till 11 p.m. Saturday and picks up all over again from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
For a complete timetable of performers, click below.
The competition is owning bag checks at its entry factors, so be sure to verify the checklist of prohibited merchandise on the Jazz Fest website in advance of heading out.
There are also numerous officers patrolling in and around the competition streets.
“Jacksonville is protected. We have our worries like each town, but a weekend like this you need to be enthusiastic,” Sheriff Mike Williams said. “We acquired a lot of great gatherings likely on downtown. A good deal of people today downtown and we have a lot of officers downtown to make guaranteed these functions (are safe and sound).”
Ahead of starting up his established, one of the performers talked about the current deadly mass shootings in Texas and Buffalo, but then he performed a tune saying, “It’s going to be alright.”
And the group agreed.
“It’s excellent I signify the temperature is wonderful – the songs is wonderful,” explained one particular attendee. “We have been at the other phase now we’re just waiting for the future individuals to arrive on and it’s amazing.”
The Jazz Fest picks back up on Sunday with key headliner, Patti LaBelle.
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