As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, many students are left wondering what to do with their free time in the summer. Completing some service hours is always an excellent opportunity for those long summer days, but many students still look for other fun activities. The city of New Orleans annually hosts many family-friendly festivals.
On Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, the New Orleans Greek Festival is held on the property adjacent to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Greek Fest is dedicated to the celebration of the Greek culture across the city of New Orleans. The festival has many different Greek food vendors and many local Greek musicians. The 2013 festival was held for three days and attracted over 23,000 people. Learn more.
The 2014 Cajun Zydeco Festival, held at Armstrong Park on June 14-15, celebrates the rich heritage of the Cajun culture and Zydeco music, which are unique to Louisiana. In the past, the event was held at the Old U.S. Mint Building in the French Quarter, but since the festival has grown, it has moved to Armstrong Park. The event hosts many notorious local zydeco musicians. Admission is free. Learn more.
Bastille Day, celebrated on the Saturday preceding July 14, celebrates the storming of the Bastille, an event that sparked the French Revolution. Considering that New Orleans has a large French cultural influence, Bastille Day is a weekend celebration. The festival has food, music, and many other events celebrating the French Heritage of New Orleans. Learn more.
NOTE: The St. Tammany Art Association typically hosts a Bastille Day celebration in downtown Covington, too. However, the details of this year’s event have not yet been published on their calendar.
The New Orleans Running of the Bulls, held in July, began in 2007 and is based off of the actual Running of the Bulls celebration in Pamplona, Spain. The event is actually a marathon-type run through the city of New Orleans. The “bulls” are actually the Big Easy Rollergirls, an all-female roller blading derby team. Registration is not required; just show up to participate in the race. Once the race is over, locals celebrate with food and music. As a relatively new and growing event, it acquires more and more participants every year, so it is recommended for anyone participating in the race to arrive early. Learn more.