A festival is a time or day of feasting or celebration usually established by customs or traditions. What is a festival?
Louisiana has over 400 annual fairs and festivals that occur throughout the year in different parts of the state. Louisiana Festivals
The Purpose of Louisiana Festivals <ul><li>To celebrate and preserve the unique culture, heritage, and traditions of Louisiana’s people </li></ul><ul><li>To celebrate the abundant natural resources and products of the state </li></ul>
What do the Louisiana Festivals celebrate? <ul><li>Louisiana’s Resources and Products </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural (Strawberry Festival) </li></ul><ul><li>Aquacultural (Crawfish Festival) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultures and their contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Music (Jazz and Heritage Festival) </li></ul><ul><li>Food (Gumbo Festival) </li></ul>
Benefits of Festivals <ul><li>Economic growth from tourism and local spending </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana education and cultural sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of unique customs and traditions </li></ul>
Presenting: The Most Well-Known Louisiana Festival… M a r d i G r a s
Mardi Gras ***Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” ***Held every year in New Orleans, LA ***February or March ***Celebrates the final day before the Christian fast of Lent ***First parade held in 1837
Mardi Gras ***Colors are purple, green and gold ***Celebrations include parades with elaborately decorated floats ridden by costumed members who toss trinkets to the crowds ***”Throws” include strings of plastic beads, cups, doubloons, and more .
Benefits of Mardi Gras ***Draws 3 million (3,000,000) people ***Gains $1,000,000 billion for the local economy ***Educates local residents and tourists about Louisiana history and culture ***Allows residents time to celebrate personal heritage and traditions
***Held annually in New Orleans in April or May ***Celebrates the music of Louisiana and the music Louisiana has influenced including the following: Jazz Blues Funk Rock Cajun Zydeco ***Festivities include music and food as well as crafts, paintings, dancing and more Jazz and Heritage Fest