HATTER SELLS A
THOUSAND HATS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW ORLEANS
music industry in New Orleans was a $9.6 billion
industry before Hurricane Katrina hit. Since the
storm, musicians are paying more attention to
the business aspect of their livelihood.
Hatter Lynn LeBeaud has been selling hats at
the Jazz Festival since 1979, but this year she
sold more hats than ever before. On opening day
she sold more than a thousand hats – a lot
more than the 500 to 600 hats she sold before
“Organizers did not say how many people
attended the festival, but shortly after the gates
opened a crowd had already gathered around LeBeaud's
hat stand. They browsed through stacks of lids
ranging from safari-style to straw hats and cool
fedoras to cowboy hats.”
LeBeaud attributes some of the interest in hats
to people wanting to replace hats lost in Katrina.
Others just wanted a new one or were looking for
a reprieve from the blazing sun, said the AP report.