Celebrating the Best of Louisiana Festivals

Mardi Gras is the biggest annual festival in Louisiana, taking place two weeks before and until Fat Tuesday. With its extravagant parades, live music and colorful characters, the city's streets come alive with excitement. The 41st royal coronation dance of the French Gastronomic Festival marked the start of the festivities on September 20th.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival

is one of the first free blues festivals in the United States, established in 1981. It is devoted to preserving what is known as the city's unique Swamp Blues music.

Internationally renowned artists and acclaimed local blues legends take the stage at this one-of-a-kind event. There are also fun craft stalls and expert food vendors ready to tantalize you with their delicious foods. In New Orleans, jazz music has left an indelible mark, so it's no surprise that the city hosts a party called Satchmo Summerfest to honor the king of jazz, Louis Armstrong. A native of the city, Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, is a revered figure and what began in 2001 as a celebration of his 100th anniversary has turned into a joyous three-day event.

This festival is full of great music, such as classic and modern jazz performances, lively brass bands, an energetic parade, and special events that include a Louis Armstrong birthday party, an art show focusing on Louis Armstrong and favorite Louis Armstrong dishes. Voodoo Experience is a wild music event with an electrifying atmosphere. Since its inception in 1999, this festival has established itself as one of the most popular events in New Orleans. Guests can listen to the best music from local rock bands and international artists on two central stages, plus a collection of smaller venues.

There are also incredible food and stimulating cultural and craft activities to explore. Houma is home to one of the biggest Mardi Gras festivals in Louisiana. Over the course of a week, the city organizes several parades with several krewes displaying their elaborate floats and entertainment. From late January to Fat Tuesday, the city is adorned with bright colors and bright pearls, and is filled with delicious sights and smells.

Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts, Bertinot's Best Bakery and Cannata Market are famous for making some of the best carnival pastries you can find during Mardi Gras. New Roads is one of the oldest cities in Louisiana and is also home to one of the oldest Mardi Gras festivals, dating back to 1881. The Louisiane International Festival is an international music and art show held in downtown Lafayette. Red River Revel is considered the largest outdoor art festival in this region of Louisiana. It began at Crowley in 1937 and has welcomed more than seven million attendees.

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is a celebration of rhythm in the place where it all began. After having had approximately 600,000 attendees last year, the event is being held on the streets of downtown Lafayette. The Louisiana Peach Festival takes place on the fourth weekend of June with top musical artists providing many contributors from the African-American community with an opportunity to exhibit their products in a dynamic outdoor market. Louisiana offers something for everyone when it comes to festivals - from Mardi Gras parades to blues music to art shows - there's something for everyone! Whether you're looking for live music or delicious food, there's something for everyone at these amazing festivals.

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