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Visiting Greater New Orleans

New Orleans Mardi Gras season is here. Parties, parades and celebrations don’t get better than this. One of America’s most unique metropolitan areas, the Big Easy is arguably most famous for Mardi Gras. The 2014 festivities peak on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. The Krewes of Perseus and Little Rascals launch the season in Slidell and Metairie followed by dozens of parades and balls through out the NOLA area.

March 4th parades feature a series in uptown New Orleans including Krewe Rex followed by the Elks Orleanians truck parade, with the Crescent City truck parade wrapping up events. In Metairie, Krewe Argus leads the parades, followed by Krewe of Jefferson truck parade and the Elks Jeffersonians truck parade. Get ready to catch strings of beads and have an unforgettable time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

After a short break in the fun, Louis Armstrong Park hosts the 2014 Congo Square Rhythms Festival March 22nd and 23rd. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation the 2014 Congo Square festival is the seventh annual event celebrating New Orleans' diversity and traditions. Performances are free, and include Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans, and Red Baraat among the lineup.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of Louisiana’s premier events. Held April 25th through May 4th, the 2014 festival is held at Fair Grounds Race Course, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. The 45th Anniversary lineup features world famous artists, including Aaron Neville, Al Jarreau, Santana, Robin Thicke, and many other household names.

Spring festivities continue in May with Bayou Boogaloo 2014. Held May 16th through 18th on the banks of Bayou St. John, this is the 9th year for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. Enjoy three stages of live music, a kid’s stage, and the Boogaloo Art Market among the fun.

Also famous for its food, New Orleans showcases the best offerings at the 2014 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. The 22nd annual festival features creations from NOLA’s top chefs paired with over 1,000 wines from across the globe. Tastings, dinners, and seminars – the New Orleans Food and Wine festival is a must experience event for foodies.

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