NEW YORK — The Music Festival of New Orleans was the highlight on Monday for more than 40,000 students, teachers and their families who took part in the daylong event that drew hundreds of thousands of fans and sold out arenas around the world.
New Orleans school district officials said Monday that the festival was a success in that many families had been able to attend classes for the first time in nearly two weeks.
“It was an exciting day for our school system,” Superintendent Mark Karr said at a press conference.
“I think it was an important day for the district, a day for parents and students.”
The festival drew nearly 20,000 attendees for a time in a city of 10 million people that is known for its music scene and its culture.
Karr said more than 500,000 tickets had been sold.
Students from all over the city gathered in the streets and on the school’s campuses.
The district also held a concert, with bands such as The Who, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam performing in a large auditorium.
The festival began at noon, and schools closed for the rest of the day.
The New Orleans Music Festival is scheduled to run from April 8-10.