It’s a Good Thing March Has 31 Days…

Because when you’ve got this much going on, you need a month this long:

March 18 and 19: Celebrating the African diaspora—which, of course, brought the blues and jazz to our continent, but includes so much more—the 10th annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival takes over Louis Armstrong Park in the Treme. On Saturday, three Mardi Gras Indian tribes “battle” in the afternoon, and on Sunday, brass bands from local schools compete for a top prize of $10,000—to be spent on repairing old instruments or buying new ones.

congo-square-new-world-rhythms-festival-photo-by-cheryl-gerberPhoto Courtesy of Cheryl Gerber

March 18 and 19: That same weekend, the St. Joseph’s Day Parade (Italian-American community’s answer to St. Patrick’s Day) marches through the Quarter on Saturday. The next day, the Mardi Gras Indian take to the streets for their Super Sunday parades, which can be found in whatever neighborhoods the tribes call home.

st-josephs-day-005-photo-by-cheryl-gerberPhoto Courtesy of Cheryl Gerber

March 22–26: It might sound somewhat less festive than parades ans live music, but don’t underestimate the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Any conclave that kicks off with an event called “Where Sex and Sin Were the Specialties: An Evening of Storyville Memories” is not to be trifled with. Plus, we see on the schedule some fun names: writers Rick Bragg, Roy Blount, Jr., and Dorothy Allison, and actors Michael Cerveris, Robert Wagner, and Jill St. John. We can’t wait for the “Stellllllaaaaaa” shouting contest.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto Courtesy of Ride Hamilton

March 23: Move over, po’boys. The taco is coming to town… the Top Taco competition, that is. Nearly three dozen restaurants will vie at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza for titles that include “top creative taco,” “top traditional taco,” and, of course, “top margarita.”

top-taco_felipes-tacos_altos-tequilaCourtesy of Top Taco

March 25–26, April 1-2: Last but not least, the 81st annual (!) Spring Fiesta house tour spans two weekends and two neighborhoods: the Vieux Carré and Uptown.

Spring Fiesta home and garden toursPhoto Courtesy of Cheryl Gerber

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