New Orleans is rich not only with French heritage; it’s enjoyed centuries of Hispanic history and cultural influence as well. Each fall the non-profit Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association of New Orleans celebrates this heritage with an evening of Latin music, dancing, food, and art – and of course, a parade.
The festival kicks off with the “Parade of the Americas,” a flamboyant procession of colorful floats and marching bands representing Latin American nations that gives the crowd a taste of what’s to come. The parade makes its way through the historic Warehouse District to the festival venue, where the music, food and fun continue through the night.
The bands hit the stage after the parade, with music spanning world genres such as Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Latin Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and Latin Rock. All that dancing might make you hungry, so be sure to sample authentic food and drinks from throughout the Americas and from the original “motherland,” Spain. The flavors of Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Spain and more are perfectly complemented by the aged-pepper flavor of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce. Bring your own bottle or ask for it by name!
No New Orleans festival would be complete without handcrafted artwork, and Carnaval Latino does not disappoint. A broad range of one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from Latino artisans from all over the Americas is for sale. And, parents, mark your calendars! Children are welcome during this family-friendly celebration.
For more information, visit carnavalatinola.com.