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A Guide to Staying Safe and Sober at Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest – an electrifying blend of music, culture, and camaraderie. As thousands flock to revel in the tunes and atmosphere, it’s essential to prioritize safety and sobriety amidst the festivities. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first-timer, these tips will help you navigate Jazz Fest with clarity and mindfulness.

  1. Plan Ahead: Before diving into the melodies and rhythms, take a moment to plan your day. Identify performances you don’t want to miss, locate essential amenities like restrooms and medical tents, and establish a meeting point for your group in case anyone gets separated.
  2. Stay Hydrated: With the Louisiana sun beating down, staying hydrated throughout the day is crucial. Carry a refillable water bottle and take regular breaks to replenish your fluids. Enjoy mocktails, like Strawberry lemonade or green teas, throughout the venue. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, as it can lead to dehydration and impair judgment.
  3. Buddy System: Jazz Fest can be bustling, making it easy to lose sight of your companions. Utilize the buddy system to ensure everyone stays together and accounted for. Establish a designated meeting spot in case anyone wanders off, and make sure everyone knows how to reach each other in case of emergencies.
  4. Look Out for Each Other: Keep a watchful eye on your fellow festival-goers. If you notice someone struggling or in distress, offer assistance or seek help from festival staff or medical personnel. Remember, we’re all in this together, and a helping hand can make all the difference.
  5. Embrace Sober Fun: While Jazz Fest may be synonymous with revelry, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the festivities without alcohol or drugs. Take advantage of the myriad of food vendors, mocktails throughout the venue, art exhibits, and cultural performances. Engage with fellow attendees, soak in the music, and savor the moment with a clear mind.
  6. Friends of Bill W.: For those seeking support in maintaining sobriety, Jazz Fest offers beacons of hope. Every day at 1:32 PM, Friends of Bill W., a community of individuals in recovery, gather near¬† between the Fais Do Do stage and the Artist Tent AA. Look for the white flag waving proudly, signaling a safe space for fellowship and solidarity. Also, you can stop by the 1 Million Strong Retreat sober tent near the Ochsner Children’s Tent to enjoy mock tails and more.

As you immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Jazz Fest, remember to prioritize your well-being and the well-being of those around you. By planning ahead, staying hydrated, looking out for each other, embracing sober fun, and finding support within the Friends of Bill W. community, you can ensure a safe and fulfilling experience at one of the world’s most iconic music festivals.

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