Top Taco festival moving forward with new proof of vaccination, negative COVID test requirement

With fall festival cancellations stacking up due to a fourth surge of COVID-19, one local food event plans to move forward with a new proof of vaccination requirement.

Organizers for Top Taco, the annual taco and tequila-centric festival, announced plans to add a requirement for proof of vaccine or negative COVID test within the past 72 hours for festival-goers attending the event.

Source: Top Taco

The festival, usually held at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, is scheduled to return this fall at Lafreniere Park in Metairie on Sept. 23.

In a Facebook post announcing the change, organizers said this was a voluntary move to “set a good example so that other festivals can feel comfortable moving forward with their own events in 2022.” The post continues, “Covid isn’t going away so let’s show everyone that we can put on an amazing and safe event.”


In addition to the new vaccine requirement, festival organizers laid out other event safety precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the protocols, the event will cap attendance at 3,500 patrons, offer limited seating to reduce group gathering and help the flow through the venue and require masks for attendees while waiting in line at the entrance.

“It’s important to follow these protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and to help other festivals see that events can be done during these difficult times,” organizers said.

Just this week, Beignet Fest, the National Fried Chicken Fest and the Angola Prison Rodeo were the latest major fall events to announce cancellations.

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