Your Guide to Carnaval Latino in New Orleans

New Orleans is well-known for its French heritage, but did you also know our city is recognized as the most Hispanic city in America? Each fall, Carnaval Latino celebrates New Orleans’ Latino culture with two days of food, live music, dancing, and of course, a parade. Here’s everything you need to know about this free, family-friendly festival.

The Festival

Presented by the Hispanic-American Musicians and Artist Cultural Association, Carnaval Latino brings its rich culture to the Downtown and French Quarter areas on Oct. 10 and 11. The festival’s marketplace El Mercado will showcase Latino art work, clothing, and jewelry, cigar-rolling stations, and even a fun interactive children’s area to give the little ones a dose of culture.

Parade of the Americas

Kick-off festivities in true Carnival fashion at the Desfile de las Americas parade as traditional New Orleans floats are given an International flair. The parade starts at the Mardi Gras World Warehouse and makes a pass along N. Peters/Decatur Street making it easy for hotel guests to get a front row seat. Floats roll on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Find the full parade route here.

The Food

Tacos, fajitas, gorditas, chicharrones- this fest features an extensive menu of Latin foods all in one place! Experience the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, and more from some of the best restaurants in the South.

The Music

No Latin festival would be complete without music. This year’s fest has an outstanding line-up featuring local and international musicians all weekend long. Show off your salsa skills alongside colorful dancers and ¡VIVA NUEVA ORLEANS!