In 1972, Jazz Fest moved from Beauregard Square to a larger space, the infield of the New Orleans Fair Grounds in the Gentilly neighborhood.
“The Fair Grounds had no drainage system, and after one of the first days of the festival, it rained. Quint (Davis), Henry Hildebrand III, and I picked up all the garbage in the rain and slush at the end of the day. In those early days people brought their own drinks, and there were broken whiskey bottles everywhere. When I look at how the festival has changed over the years, I find it hard to believe.” -Allison Miner, Jazz Fest Memories, 1997