|Local's Thursday, and a few other things
||[May. 3rd, 2018|11:42 pm]
Today was Local's Thursday, an experiment with cheaper tickets for Louisiana restdents. The system in place was that these tickets were sold only today and only for today. Locals could buy 1 or 2 tickets, but the ticket users had to be with them at the ticket window, where you got both a ticket and a handstamp. You needed both to get in; this system was to avoid locals buying cheap tickets and then selling them for more. It worked great for me. I git to the ticket window at 10:15 and had only a 2 minute wait. But the lack of advance sales (necessitated by the hand stamp system) meant a LOT of locals were buying tickets today. At 11 am, the ticket buyers line at the Sauvage gate was out to the sidewalk and at least a block long from there. I can imagine some people may have waited 30 minutes or an hour. From what I heard, the Gentilly gate line was much shorter. Still, that kind of long wait is not a fun way to start your fest day. I hope fest continues this tradition, but also that they work out the kinks in the system to minimize lines next year. If you got stuck in a long line to buy today, let me know how bad it was.
A few more observations from around the Fairgrounds...
The Grand Marshal area has been expanded, at least at Acura.
Probably not new, but for the first time this year I noticed a "Poster Express" booth for those wanting to buy one of the souvenir posters without waiting in line at the main poster booth, where many people are also buying the Hawaiian style shirts and garb. It's located in the Folk crafts area, straight back from the Fais Do Do stage, and they seemed to have each of the psoter editions, as well as the framed/shipped option available.
Another thing new this year, or maybe just new to me, but the General Stores were selling bags of ice, a 5 or 10 pound bag for $5. The beer booths will usually give you a bit of ice for free, or for a tip, but this is a good option for anyone needing more, or wanting clean ice for drinks. Does anyone know if the ice sales have been available in prior years?
On the transport front, the Blue Bike bike share system seems to be working well. But bikes do go fast at the end of the day, from a few spot checks, you probably want to be out the gate before 7 for the best chance of getting one.
And finally, from this Uber post, it seems the city has implemented a no-rideshare-zone around the Fairgrounds, preventing Uber and Lyft from dropping off or picking up in a fairly big area. See the map below. It explains last week's post here about Lyft suggesting a drop off point on Trafalger St on the back side of the fest.
If you had experiences, good or bad, with Blue Bikes, or with Lyft or Uber, let me know.
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Enjoy the rest of Second weekend, everyone!