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Discover the Festivals of the French Quarter

The Madness of Mardi Gras, the Sounds of Satchmo

Mardi Gras

Each spring, the grand city of New Orleans shuts down for the magic of Mardi Gras in the streets of the French Quarter.

Translated as “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras annually infiltrates the Vieux Carré with colorful costumes, booming parades, and thousands of people.

From the initial Zulu Parade to the final Meeting of the Courts, the parade krewes rain beads – or throws – and doubloons upon its attendees for the entire season of Mardi Gras.

From St. Charles Avenue, to Magazine Street and Canal Street, visitors and locals alike relish in the costumes, colors, and drink of this famed celebration.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

This spring celebration combines crafts, foodb and music into a 10-day revelry. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place during the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May – and all the days in between. Held at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, this festival offers its guests authentic creole cuisine – as well as foods from around the world – complete with world markets and exhibits.

Browse through the Congo Square African Marketplace, or check out the Louisiana Folklife Village – a collection of artisans creating works of art right there on the festival grounds. Other villages at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival include the Native American Village and Grandstand – so make sure you stop by.

For more gaming in New Orleans, other than the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, make your way to downtown Crescent City for the Harrah’s New Orleans.

Satchmo SummerFest

The Satchmo Summer Fest graces the streets of the French Quarter each August in commemoration of the great Louis Armstrong. Celebrated at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint on the edge of the French Quarter, restaurants and musicians scramble to host the best party of summer.

Enjoy the favorite treats and dishes of Louis Armstrong, and check out some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz of the Big Easy. In August, you won’t be beating the heat of New Orleans, but you will be delighted nonetheless.