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Carnaval Latino Celebrates Latin American Culture in New Orleans

At Carnaval Latino in New Orleans, celebrate Latin American culture with authentic music, cuisine and a special Parade of the Americas.

Latin American cultural influence is alive and thriving in New Orleans, so naturally, we are kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month in style! Latin rhythms, spices and colors have always blended effortlessly with New Orleans’ music, food and art – so where better to celebrate Carnaval Latino than the Crescent City?

From September 13 to 15, visitors can enjoy this Big Easy style celebration of Latin American culture in New Orleans. Attendees can enjoy Latin cuisine and crafts while swaying to the beat of an international lineup of performing artists, as well as some popular local bands that showcase the heritage and cultural diversity of Latin America.

The Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebrations with the Parade of the Americas, where each float will celebrate its national roots with music and special custom throws. Don’t miss this opportunity to be “en ese numero.” The Parade will march on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., from Elysian Fields Avenue to Convention Center Boulevard.

A Carnaval Latino concert (Photo by Mambo Mundo)

When the parade dies down, the Carnaval Latino concerts at Mardi Gras World will just be picking up with exciting headlining artists and plenty of space to test out your Latin groove. The lineup on Saturday, September 14 includes Los Bukis and Mariachi Jalisco from Mexico, Orquesta Canela from Colombia, Oro Solido from Dominican Republic, Moises Canelo from Honduras, and Cintia Arana from Guatemala. On Sunday, September 15, the lineup includes Elvis Crespo from Puerto Rico, Rio Grande and Mariachi Jalisco from Mexico, Domenic Marte from Dominican Republic, Moises Canelo from Honduras and Cintia Arana from Guatemala. Latin food and one-of-a-kind handcrafted items will be on sale through out the festival.

Tickets for Carnaval Latino are only $15 each per day for General Admission (advance purchase), $20 at the door. Two-Day passes are $25, advance purchase only. VIP Passes may also be purchased for just $50 per person per day (VIP Weekend Passes $75). Children under age 12 are admitted free with accompanying adult. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. both days.