Well, Mardi Gras is just past, and you may be wearing a bit of ash on your forehead today, or re-playing a fond memory in your mind of last night’s exploits. Either way, there is no need to be sad, it’s still festival season here in New Orleans, and we’ve got a lot of fun stuff to do coming up in March!
On the 3-4, attend the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival in Congo Square, a part of Louis Armstrong Park. This free musical festival celebrates the music and culture of “Congo Square (or Place Congo), where enslaved Africans and free people of color were permitted to gather on Sundays – enabling them to carry on their ancestral traditions of drumming and dance. It was also a gathering place and market square, quite famous around the world and, since 1993, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.” The festival runs 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days.
Also that weekend is the New Orleans Rock N Roll Marathon. All along the course, runners will be treated to musical acts on bandstands, helping ot encourage them to get to the party at the SuperDome finish line. A half-marathon and 5K will also take place.
For lovers of architecture and history, the 84th Annual Spring Fiesta is not to be missed. This event runs from March 3-11th and gives visitors the opportunity to tour the interiors of several privately owned homes in the French Quarter, Uptown and the Garden District. On March 10th, enjoy the Queen’s Promenade in Jackson Square at 12:30pm, and the Queen’s Parade through the French Quarter at 3:30pm.
On the 15th, don’t miss one of the newer festivals, Top Taco New Orleans – a chance to sample and vote for delicious groumet tacos, margaritas and other tequila cocktails. This has been described as one of the most unique and fun fests – buy your tickets early before they run out! Location is 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, only 20 minutes from the inn!
Other events this month include the St Patrick’s Day Parades, Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, held concurrently with the LGBT-focused Saints and Sinners Film Festival and Hogs for the Cause, among others. Don’t miss the fun!