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New Orleans Summer Festivals Celebrate Jazz, Food And Running Of The Bulls

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 2/2012 8:13 am Updated: 04/ 2/2012 8:14 am

NEW ORLEANS -- The entire basketball-loving world turned its eyes to New Orleans this past weekend as the city hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association's annual Final Four competition, with the final between Kansas and Kentucky tonight. But festival season is year-round for the Big Easy, and a bunch are coming up this summer.

Many incorporate the city's legendary jazz and food scenes, but there are a couple of quirkier ones, like a running of the bulls (no live animals here, only costumed roller derby girls outfitted with horns) and a celebration of all things cocktail complete with seminars and plenty of educational boozing.

Click through the slideshow for a taste of what New Orleans has to offer this summer.

April 12 to 15: French Quarter Festival
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For nearly three decades, the French Quarter has held this music and food festival, which is spread out over more than 20 stages across the district. Over the years, it's grown into the second largest festival in New Orleans. This year, more than 800 musicians and 70 restaurants will take part, which makes for the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch." More than 500,000 people attended French Quarter Festival in 2011, so you can bet this year will be a crowded affair as well.
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