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New Orleans, the melting pot of music, food, and culture, will truly be a unique, enjoyable, and memorable experience for any visitor. Tourists have their pick of festivals: music, culinary, art, multi-cultural, film & literary, as well as theater. Quite a few special events to enjoy while visiting New Orleans are the festivals. There are multiple festivals taking place throughout the year.

There are sports events such as the Sugar Bowl, held at the Superdome, in January. Even though the game is the most anticipated event, there’s also a pep rally, sailing, basketball, horse racing, and more. Other sporting events are the Zurich Golf Classic, for golfers, and the Crescent City Classic, the largest 10k race, for runners.

The top festival in New Orleans is the ever-popular Mardi Gras held in February. More than a parade, Mardi Gras is a celebration with madness and music, romance and revelry, parades, colorful floats, beads, and more. In order to understand the spirit of Mardi Gras, it has to be experienced upfront.

New Orleans also has the Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) which takes place the last weekend of April on the Fair Grounds Race Course. Featuring 13 stages, it showcases almost every genre of music and helps preserve the city’s music culture. With over 60 food vendors, craft booths, and artists demonstrations this special event is fascinating and entertaining.

Food festivals are a delicious special event to partake in. Savor the succulent flavor of shrimp, at the Shrimp Festival in September. Enjoy alligator burgers and fried alligator at the Alligator Festival also held in September. The Voodoo Music Festival takes place in October at City Park, just in time to cast a spell of fun and festivities over the entire city. With plenty to do for the whole family, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in November celebrates the “hoagie” or “submarine sandwich.”

Close out the old year with a bang, and ring in the New Year at the biggest outdoor celebration in the city. At the New Year’s Eve festival in December everyone can party to their heart’s content. This special event takes place from Bourbon Street to Jackson Square. Instead of watching a ball drop, spectators get to count down as the Baby Bacchus descends from Jax Brewery.

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