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The people of New Orleans love festivals - they help define the place and the people in it. Visitors to New Orleans bed and breakfasts should partake in any and all festivals that comes their way, be it large or small. Just join in the parade and dance, dance, dance.

Festival season starts off with Mardi Gras in February - a tradition that predates the founding of the city in 1718. Ask the innkeepers of your bed and breakfast New Orleans for tips on where to watch the parades, and be prepared for a wonderful spectacle. Nearly everyone joins the fun and gets in costume, from the people on the floats to those watching from balconies. Don't be in a hurry, don't mind the crowds, and you'll have the experience of a lifetime.

There are other festivals in New Orleans, of course, and many just as popular with the locals as Mardi Gras. Festivals celebrate music, food, theatre and the arts, and films. There are GLBT festivals and multicultural festivals. New Orleans has a rich history and a diverse population, and likes to throw a party for everyone and everything.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (or Jazz Fest) spans more than a week in April and May and features some of the finest musicians in the world and some of the tastiest food in New Orleans. Celebrate Louis Armstrong and the history of jazz at the Satchmo SummerFest; feast on Cajun food and dance to Cajun music during Swamp Fest. The Ponderosa Stomp, Voodoo Music Experience, and others are all worth a trip to New Orleans.

You'd be hard pressed to find a music festival in New Orleans that doesn't include food, so it stands to reason the city hosts a couple of fine Culinary Festivals. Foodies can toast New Orleans food and wine in May, and enjoy in an in-depth study of the cocktail.

Be sure to book your favorite New Orleans bed and breakfast well ahead of time during festival season, because people love to come here to party.


Little Eazy Guest House

Phone: 504-949-5292

The Little Eazy is great for all the New Orleans festivals. Located within 3 blocks of the French Market, you do not need a car or a taxi to get to the summer festivals including; French Quarter Fest, Creole Tomato Fest or Satchmo Fest. For fall Gretna fest is a street car, and then ferry ride over the Mississippi river. Voodoo fest is a bus or taxi ride into beautiful city park. The Halloween parade, and Frenchman street are only blocks away. Christmas lights, and holiday decorations are a quick walk into the French Quarter during the winter season. For Mardi Gras season a nice walk through the French Quarter gets you on the Canal Street parade route. The Little Eazy is a conveniently located for all of New Orleans great (and frequent) festivals.
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Chez Palmiers

Phone: 504-208-7044
Toll Free: 877-233-9449
Following The Storm, New Orleans threw open her arms as never before to embrace the tourism industry here. Already home to a number of festivals, both world famous and more local, a multitude of new festivals have sprouted up providing something for everyone practically any time of year. We are fortunate to be in a great location to easily take in French Quarter Fest (the 2nd weekend of April), Seafood and Roadfood fests at the Old Mint and French Market, and an easy walk or bus ride to the fairgrounds for Jazz Fest (generally the last weekend of April/first weekend of May). And when you're festivaled out, the pool will be waiting for you to cool your tired feet.
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Southern Comfort

Phone: 504-895-3680
Toll Free: 888-769-3868
New Orleans has a festival for just about everything! There's the Tomatoe Festive, Crawfish Festival, Blues and BBQ Festival, Jazz Fest, and the list goes on and on. You can be guaranteed that no matter what festival you attend there will be plenty of food, good music and a cultural experience. We'll supply you with chairs and a local's insight to make your festival expereince a memorable one.
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1870 Banana Courtyard Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-947-4475
Toll Free: 800-842-4748
Jazz Festival, French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Fest(Louis Armstrong Festival), Mardi Gras, 2nd line parades, 4th of July fireworks, Alligator Festival,ALL SAINTS DAY PARADE, Andouille Festival,Angelhair Christmas in the Roosevelt Lobby, Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat fan club ball, Art for Art's Sake, Barbeque Festival (BBQ Festival), Battle of New Orleans Commemoration, Bayou Classic football game, Blueberry Festival,Blues Festival, Bourbon Street Extravaganza (Outdoor music concert, bonfires on the levee),CANAL ST. PARADE & CONCERT, Caroling at Jackson Square, Celebration in the Oaks, Chris Owens Easter Parade, Christmas in the Oaks, Coliseum Square Fall House Tour, CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL, Coolinary New Orleans Summer restaurant. I've run out of space, keep your ears open!
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1896 OMalley House

Phone: 504-488-5896
Toll Free: 866-226-1896
Located in Mid-City we are in the middle of it all! Our location is one of the best for Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest and Mardi Gras. Located on Canal Street, the largest Mardi Gras parade of all “Endymion” passed just in front of the house. With the Canal Street Car every festival is just minutes way.
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Pierre Coulon Guest House

Phone: 504-943-6692 or 504-250-0965
Toll Free: 877-943-6692
Stay with us in our 1831 Creole cottage complex in the Faubourg Marigny, and explore New Orleans from a base in the most fabulous neighborhood in America!! We're just blocks away from Frenchmen Street and the French Quarter, home to some of the best festivals in the country!
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R&B Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-943-9500
Toll Free: 800-964-7055
Experience Mardi Gras all year round in the R&B Bed and Breakfast Mardi Gras Jr Suite. The largest and most private room at the B&B offers a queen bed, sitting area with pull out couch. A desk, large armoire, balcony overlooking the courtyard and the en-suite bathroom has a jacuzzi tub to soak in after a long day or night traversing through the city.
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Canal Street Inn

Phone: 504-483-3033

Of course, New Orleans plays hosts to many, many festivals every single weekend. From the Creole Tomato Festival in June to the Po-Boy Preservation Festival in November, there is always something going on. We've got the biggest Fests right in our neighborhood: Mardi Gras and JazzFest! Come join us for the grandest night parade of them all, Endymion, each Saturday before Mardi Gras. And JazzFest is a quick 20 minute walk away so you get to skip the cab line heartbreak!
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B&W Courtyards

Phone: (504) 322-0474
Toll Free: 800-585-5731
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Creole Inn

Phone: 504-941-0243

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Degas House

Phone: 504-821-5009
Toll Free: 800-755-6730
The Degas House is conveniently located by some of New Orleans most prominent festivals including Voodoo Fest, French Quarter Fest, and The Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) just to name a few. Each of these festivals is just a short walk down the beautiful and historic Esplanade Ave.
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Oakview Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-495-7405

A short walk to the two larget festivals in New Orleans-- Voodoo Fest which is across the street for about a 5 minute walk and Jazz Fest which is a short enjoyable walk with a host of other festival goers,not to mention a slew of vendors selling all you can drink etc.. on the way to the party.
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The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 1-504-942-1463
Toll Free: 1-800-970-2153
There seems to always be some festival or the other in New Orleans. The best-known are Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, JazzFest, Essence Fest and Southern Decadence. But others, such as Voodoo Fest, Satchmo Fest, Seafood Fest and Ponderosa Stomp, .... are gaining in popularity. Some of the "specialty festivals" really bring a smile to the lips and a twink in the eyes: Creole Tomato Festival, Po-Boy (That's a sandwich!) Festival, Mirliton (That's a vegetable!) Festival to name a few. But all have two things in common: fabulous music and great food! Stay at The Burgundy and enjoy the festival of your choice!
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1870 Banana Courtyard Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-947-4475
Toll Free: 800-842-4748
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HH Whitney House on the Historic Esplanade

Phone: 504-948-9448
Toll Free: 800-924-9448
Esplanade Ridge is Festival Central and the HH Whitney House is at the heart of it! No other neighborhood in the city can boast a closer proximity to so many festivals. Jazz Fest, Essence Music Festival, the Voodoo Music Experience, French Quarter Festival and countless other festivals are all within easy walking distance of the HH Whitney House (from less than a mile to just 2 miles away).
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Southern Comfort

Phone: 504-895-3680
Toll Free: 888-769-3868
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Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-947-4332
Toll Free: 877-470-5323
Jazz Fest. Southern Decadence. French Quarter Fest. Swamp Fest. Festigals. Essence Fest. And of course, our little street party, Mardi Gras. We could go on. And on. At Sweet Olive, you are a stone's throw away from celebration, just about any time of the year!
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La Dauphine, Residence des Artistes

Phone: 504-948-2217

Our place gets booked up for nearly all festivals. We are right in the thick of the action. Yet it's quiet enough at night to actually sleep :-) We are convenient to all French Quarter Festivals, as well as Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and Halloween. We often have the same, repeat guests stay with us year after year.
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La Maison Marigny B&B on Bourbon

Phone: (504) 948-3638
Toll Free: (800) 570-2014
Most festivals in New Orleans are centered in the French Quarter and there's no better place to be than on the quiet end of Bourbon Street! Despite our quiet "end of Bourbon" location, guests can literally walk out the front door of the B&B and be within a few short blocks of hundreds of restaurants, shops, bars/clubs and museums.
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Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-269-2640
Toll Free: 800-490-8542
Jazz Fest Now is the time to make plans for Jazz Fest weekend in New Orleans. Each year, on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, artists from around the world gather to play the brand of music that had its birthplace in the Crescent City. Bring your shorts, sunglasses, suntan oil, blanket and sandals and get ready for the musical experience of a lifetime. And don't forget to leave plenty of room for the "eats." The festival park is filled with hundreds of vendors offering authentic Louisiana cuisine and ice cold libations. Enjoy crawfish Monica, fried alligator, seafood etoufee, meat pies, and bananas foster, just to mention a few. Travel from The Avenue Inn to Jazz Fest Fair grounds is simple and inexpensive. Call Toll Free 1-800-490-8542 for details & reservations.
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Five Continents Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-324-8594
Toll Free: 800-997-4652
Walking distance to Jazz Fest at the Fairgrounds and all Festivals in the French Quarter.
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