NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's French Quarter Festival, described as the largest showcase of Louisiana music, food and culture in the world, includes more than 30 new acts, including Zachary Richard (REE-shard), Chocolate Milk and the Sweet Olive String Band.

Organizers on Tuesday announced the over 300 acts to perform for the 35th annual free festival that will be held April 12-15. Returning favorites include Cyril Neville, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Little Freddie King, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Amanda Shaw, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and the Original Pinettes Brass Band.

A complete lineup can be found at www.frenchquarterfest.org .

The festival, which is held on 23 stages located throughout the French Quarter, was started to support neighborhood businesses during World's Fair street construction in 1983.