Oil, tourism, seafood — all hit in Louisiana virus fight

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big Labor Day festival in south Louisiana has a seemingly unlikely title, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and an uncertain future. The seafood industry, the oil business and festival-driven tourism all have taken a hit as the state battles the spread of coronavirus. The St. Mary Parish festival that celebrates oil and seafood is just one example of the economic triple whammy. The chairman of the board that runs the festival says no firm decision has been made yet on whether this year’s fest will go on, but other larger festivals have already canceled.