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Page 30 of 67 31 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 THERE'S THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL, the VooDoo Music and Arts Experience, the French Quarter Festival, the Essence Festival, the Beignet Fest, the Bourbon Festival and the Fried Chicken Fest. And don't forget Mardi Gras. ere are so many festivals in New Orleans, even locals have a hard time keeping up but they do their best. Large ticketed events such as Jazz Fest, VooDoo and Es- sence draw headlining acts and huge crowds, but "there's al- ways something going on; it's just a matter of finding out what it is, and chances are you can incorporate that into your trip," said Rachel Funel, tourism sales manager for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. e free French Quarter Festival every spring features 20 stages and nearly 100 food vendors, most local and selling sig- nature dishes like Funel's favorite: crawfish bread. "Everywhere you walk, there's a table or a booth or a stage," she said. "ey walk right out of their hotel, left or right — there's likely something taking place." e Bayou Boogaloo music festival is a hidden gem that showcases an undiscovered-by-tourists part of town: Bayou St. John in Mid-City. e vibe is relaxed, and there are no crowds to fight. Other local favorites include White Linen Night, when everyone wears white linen and wanders among art galleries in the warehouse district, sampling food and wine along the way. e next day is the Red Dress Run, when racers jog through downtown wearing red dresses. W W W . N E W O R L E A N S C V B . C O M NEW ORLEANS By Jay Combe, courtesy New Orleans CVB F R E N C H Q U A R T E R F E S T I V A L F R E N C H Q U A R T E R F E S T I V A L

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