If you have ever seen shows about New Orleans or read anything about the culture and lifestyle of N’Orleans, you’ll know it’s a great spot to revel. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a holiday, or just rejoicing life and looking for an escape from the day-to-day ritual, New Orleans has the vibe, the energy and the people to bring any party to life. Festivals in New Orleans range from the extravagant and crowded (think Mardi Gras) to the quiet and soulful (think a jazz festival).

Mardi Gras

New Orleans is world-famous for its French Quarter and Bourbon Street, for hot Cajun and Creole cuisine and for cool Dixieland jazz. There is however one event that surpasses them all as the city's legendary signature…Mardi Gras! It's a season of revelry and romance, of madness and music, of parades and parties, of comic costuming in the streets and grandiose masquerade balls. Mardi Gras is a time when the gaudy and the gorgeous all come together for one gigantic blowout. From the regal to the ridiculous, New Orleans Mardi Gras has it all!

Po-Boy Preservation Festival

One of the true symbols of New Orleans is the po-boy sandwich. If you’ve never tried one before and you find yourself in New Orleans near the end of November, prepare for a po-boy overload and head to the Po-Boy Preservation Festival. This food festival is dedicated to celebrating the authentic spirit of one of New Orleans’ most delicious and famous sandwiches. There are panel discussions about the sandwich’s history, and French bread-baking traditions, live music, arts and crafts, and of course, plenty of samples from the po-boy masters.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

From the end of April through early May, New Orleans fills up with musicians and their adoring fans for the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For over forty years now, music lovers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to New Orleans and its historic Fair Ground Race Course to watch a lineup with the who’s who of music legends. The music is always phenomenal, the food is out of this world, and the event as a whole is worthy of the birthplace of jazz.

25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

While New Orleans may not be the first name that pops to mind when you think USA movie-making (cough, Hollywood and NYC, cough), it is actually the third-largest film destination in all of the United States. The New Orleans Film Festival aims to celebrate the art form with premieres of new movies, film screenings, workshops and even more. Who knows what famous celebrities you’ll see making their way down the red carpet. The film festival takes place in the middle of October every year. Check their website for updates to the schedule and a listing of programs and screenings to take place.

In New Orleans, they’ve always got a reason to eat, drink and be merry! They play host to hundreds of events—large, small and everywhere in between. If you are looking to join in the festivities, be it for a literary, culinary, or musical event—you’ll be in good company in New Orleans. Before you start the party, be sure your health and holiday are covered from unexpected problems by choosing an insurance policy from Cover-More so you can get back to the fun without unneeded stress.

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