Monday, January 18, 2010

Festivals in the Mississippi Valley, US Tourism

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Mississippi Valley University
During winter season, Mardi Gras Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, caps several weeks of madness, street festivals, parades with fantastic floats, marching bands, and eye-popping costumes. In spring, during the months of March-April, in Mississippi, Spring pilgrimages to elegant antebellum mansions are held throughout the state with Natchez claiming Grande-dame status, followed by Columbus and Vicksburg. In the months of April, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival draws hundreds of thousands of musicians, fans and artisans for a 10 day all out jam session. In Louisville the Kentucky Derby, one of horse racing premier events, is preceded by a two week festival with parades, riverboat races and many a mint julep. April and October are the best time to visit Mississippi Valley and the climate is pleasant during the period.

In summer, the International Country Music Fan Fair, in Nashville, Tennessee, lets country music fans mix with their favorite stars in a week long celebration. In August, Memphis, Tennessee, pulls out all the stops for the Elvis International Tribute week.

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