Louisiana Hotel Reservations
Visiting Greater New Orleans
New Orleans is filled with purple, green and gold – it's Mardi Gras season. Travel to New Orleans for Carnival and Mardi Gras - arguably more fun than you’ve ever had. Greater New Orleans, with its neighboring suburbs of Metairie, Westwego and Chalmette, is filled with festivities and parades. Across Lake Pontchartrain the Northshore communities of St. Tammany - Covington, Hammond and Slidell join the fun with equal fervor and merriment. Once the King Cakes have been served and the Krewes have marshaled their parades, NOLA is primed and ready for a full 2012 calendar of events and fun.
Music fans – join the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Neville Brothers and Al Green for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With a lineup like this, start making plans for your trip to the Crescent City April 27th through May 6th. Held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course, the Jazz and Heritage Festival is just 10-minutes from the French Quarter. The festival features a diversity of music with roots in Louisiana from traditional to contemporary.
The 2012 Mid City Bayou Boogaloo follows NOLA’s Jazz and Heritage Festival May 18th through the 20th. Celebrating its 7th year, this up-and-coming festival features live entertainment on three stages, delicious food, and the Boogaloo Art Market. The festival is held on the banks of Bayou St. John, near New Orleans City Park and Bayou Oaks Golf Course.
Athletes and sports fans visiting greater New Orleans are also in luck this spring. Runners, set you pace for the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half Marathon on March 4th. Take the start on Poydras Street and Camp Street just south of the French Quarter, with the finish at NOLA City Park on the Roosevelt Mall. With live music featured every mile, the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has continuous entertainment. Be sure to stick around Finish Line Village a concert by headliner Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters.
The 2012 Crescent City Classic, hosted by Crescent City Fitness Foundation, is April 7th. One of New Orleans’ most popular 10K runs, the course for the CCC takes runners from historic Jackson Square through NOLA’s downtown financial district, past the elegant homes along Esplanade Avenue, finishing in City Park.
Metairie, home to the Krewe of Zeus, is where the first suburban Mardi Gras krewe will host the February Family Gras and its own Mardi Gras Celebration along Veterans Memorial Boulevard. March also brings the 2012 Metairie’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11th. Grab a spot along Metairie Road for the parade featuring the city’s Irish Grand Marshall, floats, and marching bands. Metairie’s 2012 Irish-Italian Parade is the next weekend, celebrating St Joseph’s Day and St Patrick’s Day March 18th, so join the fun along the Veterans Memorial Boulevard Route.
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