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A Guide to Festivals Around the State

March-April

Grillin’ in the Park B-B-Que Cook-Off at New Iberia City Park, April 30

NORTHERN LOUISIANA
March 5. Jonquil Jubilee. Gibsland
(318) 843-6228.
March 11. Louisiana Square Dance Convention. Lambright Center, Ruston (318) 255-3113.
April 2. 10th Annual Scottish Tartan Festival. Scotland Farms, Minden
(318) 393-2693.
April 9. Franklin Parish Catfish Festival. Winnsboro (318) 435-7607.
April 15. An Evening of Wine and Roses benefitting Cystic Fibrosis. Atrium hotel, Monroe (318) 323-5017.
April 16. Annual Trails & Trellises Garden Tour and Seminars. Minden
(318) 371-2586.
April 28-30. 17th Annual Spring
Arts Festival. City Farm, Minden
(318) 393-5991.

CENTRAL LOUISIANA
March 4. College Cheerleader & Classic Cars Parade. Alexandria (318) 442-9533.
March 4. Taste of Mardi Gras.
Riverfront Convention Center, Alexandria (318) 302-3051.
March 5. AMGA 15th Annual Children’s Parade. Alexandria (318) 473-7960.
March 5. King Cake Party. Alexandria Zoo, Alexandria (318) 441-6810.
March 5. Krewe of Wag-uns Parade. Landmark Historic District, Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
March 5. Krewe of Dionysus Parade. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
March 6. AMGA 17th Annual Krewes Parade. Alexandria (318) 792-4992.
March 8. Simmesport Mardi Gras Parade. Simmesport (800) 833-4195.
March 20. Natchitoches Bridal Extravaganza. Natchitoches Events
Center, Natchitoches (877) 238-7502.
March 26. Eighth Annual Art Along
the Bricks. Front Street, Natchitoches
(318) 352-1626.
March 26. Bloomin’ on the Bricks. Downtown, Natchitoches (866) 941-6246.
April 2. Louisiana Doll Festival.
DeRidder (337) 463-8014.
April 15-16. Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival. Downtown riverbank,
Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
April 23. Easter on the Red River.
Ben Routh Recreational Park, Effie
(318) 613-2274.
April 23. Knockin’ on the Bayou. Cottonport (318) 876-2372.
April 24. Easter Egg Knocking Contest. Marksville (800) 833-4195.
April 30-July 30. Cane River Green Market. Main Street, Natchitoches
(866) 941-6246.

BATON ROUGE/PLANTATION COUNTRY
March 5. Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. State Capitol, Baton Rouge (225) 343-8378.
March 10-13. Battle of Blood River Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration. Fayard’s Field, Springfield (225) 294-3150.
March 11-13. 10th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête. West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen (225) 336-2422.
March 12. Rockin’ at the Swamp. BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Baton Rouge (225) 757-8905.
March 18-20. Audubon Pilgrimage.
St. Francisville (225) 635-6330.
March 19. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hundred Oaks and Acadian, Baton Rouge (225) 925-8295.
March 23. Hearthside Dinner Cooking Class. West Baton Rouge Museum,
Port Allen (225) 336-2422.
March 25. 46th Annual Jackson Assembly Antiques Show and Tour. Jackson (225) 634-5619.
March 26. Zapp’s International Beer Festival. Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge (225) 765-2437.
March 26-27. Annual Civil War
Re-enactment. Port Hudson State Historic Site, Port Hudson (888) 677-3400.
April 1. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre Presents its 50th Anniversary Gala Performance. Baton Rouge River Center
for the Performing Arts, Baton Rouge
(225) 766-8379.
April 16-17. Angola Prison Spring Rodeo & Craft Show. Angola State Prison,
Angola (225) 655-2030.
April 17. An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration. LSU Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge (225) 765-2437.
April 17. Earth Day. Downtown,
Baton Rouge (225)571-9591.

CAJUN COUNTRY
March 1-April 4. Azalea Trail of
New Iberia. Various locations, New Iberia
(888) 942-3742.
March 1-April 30. Teche Area Farmer’s Market. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia
(337) 256-4971.
March 4. Merchants’ Parade. Downtown and Midtown Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 4. Krewe of Adonis Mardi Gras Parade. Morgan City (985) 395-4905.
March 4. Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration. City Hall, Vinton.
March 5. The Great Gator Race. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia (337) 367-3277
March 5. Brian Harries Chevrolet’s Children’s Hospital Bass Classic. Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville (225) 273-5351.
March 5. Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail
Ride. West Cal Arena, Lake Charles
(800) 456-7952.
March 5. Krewe of Barkus Parade.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 5. Krewe of Cosmos Presentation. Sulphur High School Auditorium,
Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 5. Krewe of Omega Parade.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 5. Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi
Gras Parade. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville (888) 677-7200.
March 5. World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 5. Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade. Bayou Vista (985) 395-4905.
March 5. Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 6. Krewe of Galatea Mardi Gras Parade. Morgan City (985) 395-4905.
March 6. Taste de la Louisiane.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 6. Mardi Gras Children’s Day. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 6-20. Acadiana Barrel Race Association. Acadiana Fairgrounds,
New Iberia (337) 365-7539.
March 7. Krewe of Amani Lundi Gras Parade. Patterson (985) 255-6743.
March 7. Royal Gala. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 8. Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade. Main Street, Loreauville
(337) 229-6001.
March 8. Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade. Jeanerette (337) 365-8185.
March 8. Krewe of Chic-a-la-Pie. Kaplan.
March 8. Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade. Francis Romero Memorial Park, Coteau (337) 577-5099.
March 8. Krewe of Krewes Parade.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 8. Motorcycles, Classics and Hot Rods Parade. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 8. Franklin Mardi Gras Parade. Franklin, (985) 384-3830.
March 8. Krewe of Hephaestus Mardi Gras Parade. Morgan City (985) 395-4905.
March 8. Krewe of Charlie Sioux Parade Block Party. Corner of Board and Ryan, Lake Charles (800) 456-7952.
March 12. Black Heritage Festival.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 436-9588.
March 12-May 7. McNeese State University Banners 2011. Various locations, Lake Charles (337) 475-5123.
March 13. Top Rod Big Bass Classic. Marshfield Boat Launch, Loreauville
(337) 519-0400
March 13. Bowl for Kids Sake benefitting Big Brothers, Big Sisters
of Acadiana. Bayou Pins, New Iberia
(337) 364-3075.
March 13. Lake Charles Community Band Spring Concert. Prien Lake
Park Indian Bay Pavilion, Lake Charles (337) 526-6414.
March 17. Primitive Art by David Butler. Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum, Patterson
(985) 399-1268.
March 18-19. Louisiana Magic Weekend. Municipal Auditorium,
Morgan City (985) 380-4639.
March 18-20. Iowa Rabbit Festival.
Iowa (337) 436-9588.
March 19. Las Vegas Style Magic Show. Municipal Auditorium, Morgan City
(985) 384-7358.
March 19. Festival of Live Oaks. New Iberia City Park, New Iberia (337) 369-2337
March 19. Shadows Arts & Crafts Show. Shadows-on-the-Teche, New Iberia
(337) 369-6446
March 19-20. Home Show. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 478-7893.
March 23. Louisiana Crossroads Presents, Buckwheat Zydeco & The Ils Sont Partis Band. Sliman Theater, New Iberia (337) 369-2337
March 25-26. Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival. Burton Coliseum,
Lake Charles (337) 475-8812.
March 25-April 10. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Essence Theater, New Iberia (337) 364-1975.
March 31-April 4. USS Boxer Reunion. Morgan City (985) 395-4905.
April 1-3. Cypress Sawmill Festival. Kemper Williams Park, Patterson
(985) 395-4905.
April 1-3. 13th Annual Pre-49 Parade
of Rods. Houma (985) 532-2777.
April 2. Ladybug Ball Children’s Festival. Southdown Plantation House, Houma (985) 851-3999.
April 2. Lake Charles Symphony’s Circle of Fifths. Lake Charles Civic Center,
Lake Charles (337) 433-1611.
April 2-3. Midnight Fantasies 19th Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 905-1109.
April 3. Horseshow. Houma Airbase Arena, Houma (985) 665-1005.
April 3. Symphony in the Park.
New Iberia City Park, New Iberia
(337) 364-1603.
April 3. Free Family Concert.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 433-1611.
April 7-May 5. Rhythms on the River.
Town Square, River Ranch, Lafayette (337) 984-3777.
April 8. Spring Art Walk. Various locations, Lake Charles (337) 436-9588.
April 8-10. Louisiana Railroad Days Festival. DeQuincy Railroad Museum, DeQuincy (337) 436-9588.
April 8-10. Cajun Hot Sauce Festival. Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia
(337) 365-7539
April 8-10. Creole Festival. Jeanerette City Park, Jeanerette (337) 276-3692
April 9. The Haven’s Annual Spring Gala. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, Houma (985) 872-0757.
April 10. Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chauvin
(985) 594-5859.
April 10. 2011 Chauvin Folk Art Festival and Blessing of the Fleet Celebration. Chauvin Sculpture Gardens, Chauvin (985) 448-4715.
April 12. Spring Art Show. Downtown Gallery, Houma (985) 851-2198.
April 15. Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week. Lafayette (337) 234-8360.
April 15-17. Bayou Teche Black Bear and Birding Festival. Downtown,
Franklin (985) 395-4905.
April 16. Rodeo. Houma Airbase Arena, Houma (985) 804-7932.
April 16. Southdown Marketplace Arts
& Crafts Festival. Southdown Plantation, Houma (985) 851-0154.
April 16. Downtown Crawfish Fest.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 310-0083.
April 16-17. Spring Fest and Civil
War Reenactment. Niblett’s Bluff Park, Vinton (337) 436-9588.
April 17. Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. Downtown, Lake Charles (337) 436-1116.
April 22-24. Laotian New Year Celebration. Wat Thammarattanaram Temple, Coteau (337) 364-3403.
April 26-May 8. Contraband Days Pirate Festival. Lake Charles Civic Center,
Lake Charles (337) 436-9588.
April 27-May 1. Festival International de Louisiane. Downtown Lafayette (337) 232-8086.
April 29-May 1. Bayou Con. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles (337) 513-8927.
April 30. TARC Garden and Market Festival. TARC Campus, Houma
(985) 876-4465.
April 30. Grillin’ in the Park B-B-Que Cook-Off. New Iberia City Park, New Iberia (337) 367-8464.

NEW ORLEANS
March 3. Krewe of Chaos. 6:30 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 3. Krewe of Muses. 6:30 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 4. Le Krewe d’Etat. 6 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 4. Krewe of Centurions. 7 p.m., Metairie.
March 4. Krewe of Hermes. 6 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 4. Krewe of Morpheus. 7 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 4. Krewe of Orpheus. 7 p.m., Mandeville.
March 4. Krewe of Selene. 6:30 p.m., Slidell.
March 5. Krewe of Endymion. 4:15 p.m., Mid-City, New Orleans.
March 5. Krewe of Iris. 11 a.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 5. Krewe of Isis. 6:30 p.m., Metairie.
March 5. Krewe of New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club. 10:45 a.m., West Bank, New Orleans.
March 5. Krewe of Tucks. 12 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 6. Krewe of Bacchus. 5:15 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 6. Krewe of Mid-City. 11:45 a.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 6. Krewe of Napoleon. 5:30 p.m., Metairie.
March 6. Krewe of Okeanos. 11 a.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 6. Krewe of Thoth. 12 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 7. Krewe of Orpheus. 6 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 7. Krewe of Proteus. 5:15 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 7. Krewe of Zeus. 6:30 p.m., Metairie.
March 8. Krewe of Argus. 10 a.m., Metairie.
March 8. Krewe of Jefferson Trucks. Following Argus, Metairie.
March 8. Krewe of Elks Trucks.
Following Jefferson Trucks, Metairie.
March 8. Krewe of Gretna. 11 a.m.,
West Bank.
March 8. Krewe of BES. Following Gretna, West Bank.
March 8. Krewe of Rex. 10 a.m., Uptown, New Orleans.
March 8. Krewe of Elks Orleans. Following Rex, Uptown, New Orleans.
March 8. Krewe of Crescent City. Following Elks, Uptown, New Orleans.
March 8. Krewe of Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club. 8 a.m., Uptown,
New Orleans.
March 11-13. Foburg: A Music Festival. Frenchmen Street, New Orleans.
March 12-13. Eighth Annual “Frisco Fest” Spring Garden & Craft Festival. San Francisco Plantation, Garyville
(888) 322-1725.
March 15-18. Fashion Week New Orleans. The Sugar Mill, New Orleans
(504) 628-3223.
March 18-May 13. Fifth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival. Maison Dupuy Hotel, New Orleans (504) 648-6113.
March 19-20. Earth Fest. Audubon Zoo, New Orleans (504) 581-4629.
March 23-27. 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. French Quarter, New Orleans (504) 581-1144.
March 26. Louisiana Oyster Jubilee. Bourbon Street, New Orleans,
www.oysterjubilee.com.
March 26-April 2. The Town of Franklinton’s 150th Anniversary. Various locations, Franklinton (985) 515-1789.
April 2. Fête Francaise. EB New Orleans, New Orleans (504) 896-4500.
April 2-3. Old Algiers RiverFest.
Algiers Ferry Landing, New Orleans, www.oldalgiersriverfest.com.
April 7-10. 28th Annual French Quarter Festival. French Quarter, New Orleans (504) 522-5730.
April 16. Crawfest 2011. Tulane Uptown Campus, New Orleans, www.tulanecrawfest.com/home.
April 29. Zoo-To-Do for Kids. Audubon Zoo, New Orleans (504) 861-6160
April 29-May 8. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans (504) 522-4786.

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