The 16th annual Gretna Heritage Festival kicks off today at 3p.m. Food vendors from across the state will be on hand and there will be carnival rides and entertainment for everyone.

Performers taking the stage today include REO Speedwagon and Bag of Donuts. Saturday, The Doobie Brothers will perform and Sunday's line-up includes Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty and the Bucktown Allstars.

Tickets are $15, or you can purchase an all weekend pass for $40. Children 12 and under get in free.

Organizers are expecting record crowds to attend this year.