It's 'Hogs for the Cause" time in New Orleans.
Organizers of the event on the grounds of the Lakefront Arena at UNO have welcomed 85 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.
It's a benefit for families with children who are fighting brain cancer.
The 9th Annual Hogs for the Cause will feature three stages and a record number of top billed bands.
The general admission price at the gate is $35.00. There is no charge for children, ages 12 and under.
Gates open Friday at 3:30 p.m. and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. No pets will be allowed on the grounds of the festival.