Louisiana hosts around 400 festivals every year, the most famous of which is Mardi Gras, the pre-Lent carnival season in the city of New Orleans, which kicks off in January. Other annual festivals held celebrate the state's Creole heritage.
New Orleans hosts several other festivals in addition to Mardi Gras, including the French Quarter Festival in April and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, held in late April and early May. The Satchmo Summerfest, devoted to the tunes of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, takes place in August.
A number of culinary-themed festivals in Louisiana highlight Cajun cooking and local ingredients, including the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival in May, which celebrates the crustacean so prominent in local cuisine; the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in April; the Louisiana Peach Festival, which takes place in June in Ruston; and the French Food Festival, held in Larose each October.