Sandwich-themed New Orleans festival put off due to COVID-19

October 15, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A November festival dedicated to New Orleans’ signature sandwich is being postponed until next year.

The decision by organizers to postpone the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival was announced Friday. It was made as Louisiana is coming off its fourth — and worst — surge of COVID-19, during which the daily hospitalization rate climbed above 3,000 in August. Hospitalizations were down to 456 in Friday’s figures.

Aside from health concerns over holding an event that draws large crowds, organizers noted that the city is still recovering from Hurricane Ida, which hit Aug. 29. They also said worker shortages would make it difficult for participating restaurants to staff the outdoor booths representing a broad array of New Orleans eateries serving a variety of po-boy, also called poor boy, sandwiches.