16 September: On this day in 1964, The Beatles performed at City Park Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in town, they also met Fats Domino.
'The Beatles were scheduled to arrive at New Orleans Lakefront Airport where they were to be flown by helicopter to the Congress Inn. However, that was not what happened. First of all the helicopter blew a tire, so limousines were ordered instead, but they went to Moisant Field, New Orleans International Airport by mistake. It turned out that this was to the good because that was where The Beatles' charter plane landed. They piled into the limousines and were off, complete with flashing blue lights and screaming sirens, at 3 am. Unfortunately The Beatles' car got separated from the rest of the motorcade and followed a different route. There were a few hundred fans near the hotel, standing along the road designated their official route, and when they saw The Beatles in an unguarded car they quickly surrounded it, screaming hysterically.
Police soon arrived and forced the fans aside, but as The Beatles’ car was backing up, it hit a Kenner police patrol car, causing slight damage. Finally The Beatles made it to the motel, ran through the lobby, the laundry room then outside and to their motel rooms: a three room suite - Room 100. […]
At the concert some 700 teenagers broke away from the stand and attempted to crash through the barriers keeping them from the stage. It took 225 New Orleans police more than 20 minutes to restore order. Mounted police patrolled the area around the stage while the fans who broke through onto the football field were roped off to one side. More than 209 fans collapsed and had to be revived with smelling salts and one girl had her arm broken but refused to go to hospital until after the show.’ - The Beatles - A Diary
Footage from New Orleans and interviews pertaining to the wild show can be seen and heard on YouTube, here.