Thousands gather to hear the Subdudes play during the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Women with painted toenails stand in mud and puddles as they listen to Lionel Ritchie perform at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Over two inches of rain from torrential downpours fell in two hours during the annual festival.
Seafood and Okra Gumbo with Alligator Sausage
There are endless entertainment and dining options in New Orleans on a regular evening, but there are even more options during Jazz Fest. This dish from the Redfish Grill on Bourbon Street might be classified as more entertainment than dining, but should not be missed.
Buckwheat Zydeco performs before a large crowd at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Artists paint portraits of rocker Jeff Beck during his performance in the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
As far as food outside the parade grounds, the NOLA tourist board offered up some suggestions. The top of their list is the Redfish Grill, located on Bourbon Street and they say "get the BBQ Oysters."
Everyone Loves a Parade
The Rebirth Jazz Band leads a parade through the crowd at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Bruce Springsteen has been added to the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are scheduled to perform on Sunday, April 29, 2012, his first Jazz Fest appearance since 2006, when he took the stage with his Seeger Sessions project less than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.
Musician Ne-Yo, who here arrives at the 3rd Annual Essence Black Women in Music event in Los Angeles, will also be headlining at New Orleans Jazz Fest this April.
Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, and his band are slated to perform at this year’s Jazz Fest.
Mike Love and the Beach Boys will also be performing at the New Orleans JazzFest in April.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a non-stop party of amazing music, food and crafts. Here are some scenes from past years and a few things to look forward to this year.