No matter what time of the year you vacation, there's always some fun and educational things to do during your trip. You'll probably be able to catch one of the many festivals held throughout the year: |
Mardi Gras - Colorful floats with masked participants line the streets of the city forming as many as 70 parades throughout the 12-day period which leads up to the holiday. Each parade features a unique theme designed and presented by as many as 3,000 participants tossing baubles to the crowds.
St. Patrick's Day - From Irish dancers to green beer, St. Patrick's Day is taken very seriously by participants of the St. Patrick's Day festivities. So seriously, in fact, that you may just get pinched if you don't incorporate green into some part of your attire! While you're enjoying the delicious food and fun booths, be sure to catch the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Greek Fest - If your vacation falls over Memorial Day weekend, be sure to stop by the Greek Fest for all things Greek. You'll enjoy Greek fare along with lively music displaying the distinctive sounds of Greek instruments. Dancers in colorful costume perform the dances known to their native land.
The Running of the Bulls - If you like to run, make like a bull and run through the French Quarter with the other participants as you celebrate a tame version of this historic Spanish tradition. As one of the many things to do in the area, the race begins at 7am and participants are required to wear a white shirt or pants along with a red scarf on their neck or waist. "Matadors" urge the slower "bulls" on with playful swats and pokes from foam whiffle bats!
Oktoberfest - Each year the German cultural center, Deutsches Haus, sponsors Oktoberfest. This festival celebrates German heritage with live traditional music, folk dancing, and plenty of authentic German cuisine. You'll enjoy Sauerbraten, Krautwickel, Sauerdraut, Bratwurst Sausage, and other delicious German fare. After your food has time to settle, work up a sweat performing some native German dances which include knee-slapping and twisting!
Swamp Fest - Celebrate the swamp wild life found in nearby swamps and bayous during this annual event. You'll see lots of swamp life, including alligators which have grown to 10-12 feet in length! You'll also enjoy plenty of music, dancing, and Cajun cuisine. Celebrate the swamp culture with the locals.
Voodoo Music Experience - For some fun over Halloween, visit City Park and participate in the Voodoo Music Experience. With a large state and many mini-stages stationed about the park, you'll be able to enjoy the music while enjoying food, crafts, and other cultural activities. You'll find local vendors selling jewelry, clothing, art, and a wide variety of other cultural items in addition to food and beverages.
Clearly, there are plenty of things to do during your vacation! Be sure to take a bunch of pictures to create an album that you can share with family and friends. Happy Vacationing!
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