Costumes, music and spectacular performances throughout The Big Easy as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival fills downtown from the end of April until the beginning of May. NOLA’s Jazz Fest plays host to artists across a wide variety of musical genres and, since its inception, has grown to include two weekends of performances from big-name stars as well as emerging local acts. The festival’s multiple stages have hosted legends like Mahalia Jackson, Etta James and Duke Ellington. In addition to the world-class music, the festival features a variety of arts and crafts booths and a smorgasbord of food including Louisiana specialties like po-boys, boudin, crawfish and beignets.
The 21st annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, which will be held April 15 and 16 on the downtown Natchitoches Riverbank, will offer a diverse lineup and will feature a “Saturday Night of Funk”.
World War II-era aircraft will be on display Wednesday through Friday during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Alexandria International Airport.
Featured will be the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang.
Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade February 6, 2016
Formed in 1995, the Krewe of Dionysus has over 300 members. This family friendly night time parade consists of a dozen or more super floats, lots of throws including beads, cups & specialty items and marching bands.
Families are delighted all along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. From east to west on I-20, and north to south on I-49, experience holiday lights, parades, fireworks, shopping and many exciting events in eight of our most festive cities:
- Monroe-West Monroe
Some of the special holiday experiences include Christmas in Roseland in Shreveport-Bossier, Fasching Festival in Minden, Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe, Festival of Lights in Natchitoches and 12 Nights of Christmas in Alexandria-Pineville.