This past weekend I attended all four days of the 28th annual French Quarter Festival. This was the first year the Fest began on a Thursday. The free event has become extremely popular in the last few years. Like Jazz Fest, it began as a small event for locals. It is now a huge draw for tourists. New Orleans hotels were full to capacity this weekend with visitors from across America and abroad. On Sunday I spoke with a couple from northern England. They were here as part of a tour group that also visited Memphis and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.