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Out To Lunch: Free Culture

French Quarter Festival Executive Director Marci Schramm.
Alison Moon
It's New Orleans
French Quarter Festival Executive Director Marci Schramm.

When we talk about big events in New Orleans we typically say “Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.”

Economically, though, if we’re going to bracket two events, we should say “Mardi Gras and French Quarter Festival.” French Quarter Festival’s economic impact on the city has become massive. It’s reportedly bigger than Jazz Fest.

French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

So does Jan Ramsey, creator of another New Orleans cultural institution: OffBeat Magazine. Along with Best of the Beat, OffBeat's annual music awards, and a local musician’s information exchange.

If you live in New Orleans there’s a pretty good chance you go to French Quarter Festival, and you read Off Beat Magazine. And one thing's for sure -- you don’t pay for either of them.

Peter Ricchiuti is the finance professor you wish you had back in college! His insight and humor have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business. After a successful career on Wall Street, Ricchiuti served for five years as Assistant State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer for the State of Louisiana. There he skillfully managed the State's $3 billion investment portfolio.