This year, the annual student-run Fools of April Festival was a bit different. First, the festival expanded to a family-focused day of fun for all community members of Loyola, and was renamed to the Fools Family Fest. Second, the festival had a larger budget and larger donations than ever before, thanks to networking with Loyola’s Department of Human Resources and benefits providers. And third, this year’s headliner had a bit more starpower: nationally-touring New Orleans indie band and Jazz and Heritage Festival performers Sweet Crude.
The live music extravaganza included a student organization showcase featuring field day games, classic carnival games, arts and crafts, international food tastings, and more family-friendly activities. Other musical acts included Red and Co., Richard Rourke, John Rankin, Grandpa Grew Trees, Elysian Feel, Killer Dale, and performances by Loyola students, faculty, staff, and alums. “Fools Fest is a family fair that we hope will over time become a Loyola and community tradition,” said Braden Young, a Music Industry Studies junior and event coordinator. “Fools Fest is designed to showcase the many talents of Loyola CMFA students, bring the campus and New Orleans communities together, and give back to the faculty and staff who do so much to support us.”
2017 festival sponsors include Arthur J. Gallagher and Co., United Health Care, Loyola University of New Orleans Student Government Association, Loyola University of New Orleans Department of Film and Music Industry Studies, and Pathmark Transportation.