If you're familiar with lost or leftover drink tickets from Festival International, you can kiss those days goodbye!

The new RFID wristbands promise quicker service and safer wallets for Festival. Instead of purchasing tickets from the ticket booths, you'll get an RFID wristband and load money onto your "digital wallet" that you can use at all beverage and merchandise booths.

You can even easily control your fund with the Festival app. You can get your RFID wristband from the Top-up stations. You're able to "top-up" your digital wallet from there with cash or credit/debit cards. You can also register your wristband and create your digital wallet through the app, and never have to return to a Top-up station.

"We are very excited about this innovative new experience that is coming to Festival 2018. Big thanks to our RFID sponsor, IBERIABANK, for helping us make this happen. We know that change is not always easy, but our staff has been working on this process for the last four years and we are sure that this system will bring ease and efficiency to our festival." says Marketing Coordinator, Carly Viator. "These changes will improve the experience for both sides of transactions. Vendors won't be stressed by counting and weighing tickets anymore. Patrons can avoid making constant stops at the ticket booths and ATMs. We are all saving time and cutting down on waste with the new wristband system and that gives us more opportunity to enjoy Festival."

So how do you register your wristband?
1. Download the Festival International 2018 iPhone or Android app or you can go to www.festivalinternational.org/RFID.
2. Register your wristband by filling out the registration form and entering the unique code on the back of your wristband.
3. Add funds to your digital wallet for easy on-site spending.
4. When Festival is over, you will be able to get all unused funds refunded back to your card, or bank account if you topped-up with cash.
*Note - A $5 processing fee will apply to all refunds. This covers gateway processing fees, as well as other costs of the system that provides this service. If you do not register your wristband or have any unused money to refund, there will be no fees charged.

For more details, go to www.festivalinternational.org/RFID

Festival International de Louisiane is happening April 25-29.