The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is back in action after uncertainty about if it could proceed due to COVID restrictions. While most of your favorite vendors and entertainers are back, there are some changes to the massive outdoor multi-week festival. All attendees must wear a mask to enter, and there are hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the festival. Social distancing was highly encouraged. Even the Washing Well Wenches, known to drag a couple of men onto their stage, had to adapt using mannequins instead of living, breathing men. That didn’t stop them from ogling them from afar.
It was a delight to once again hear the shanties of the Bilge Pumps, a long-running pirate music group. The fest favorites jousting and falconry were the largest draws, and did not miss a beat. It felt so refreshing to be outdoors among other revelers but at a safe distance. I highly recommend checking this out whether you’ve never been or you’re a Ren Fest veteran.