New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival flags serve multiple purposes and are as diverse and colorful as the people standing under them.
The most important person to your Jazz Festing Krewe is "The Runner." He/she is the person who makes sure to get to Jazz fest early with the flag and a tarp or blanket.
"The Runner" has to be quick to get a prime piece of land. They need to plant their flag and lay out the tarp or blanket to claim their piece of land.
Those friends who sleep in and simply stroll up to the flag after noon owe much to the runners and squatters.
FIND ME UNDER THE PICKLE
For those who do not bring flags you can simply set up camp near someone else’s flag and send a pic of it to all of those looking to meet up.
MY FLAG IS WHO I AM
With so many flags you have to be creative so as to stand apart from all the others.
I counted dozens of Saints and LSU flags which would make it hard to tell someone where to find you. That is why these flags never stand alone.
Flying multiple flags on a single pole makes it unlikely that yours will match any others. A combination of common flags tell us about who is near them. The unique flags can tell us even more.
These flags often tell us where you are from, where you went to school, what team you support, what music you like, what you like to drink and eat, or even lets us know that a squatter believes in aliens.
The flags have become as much a part of Jazz Fest as the music or the food. The landscape of the Acura Stage field would look naked without them.