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Where the mighty Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico, the French established a colony in what is now the state of Louisiana. Following the Louisiana Purchase, the port town of New Orleans experienced waves of immigration from Haiti, Cuba and Europe. New Orleans would become one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the United States. That range of diversity is still on full display today, appearing in the city's architecture, cuisine and music.
School music groups visiting New Orleans can learn about how it came to be the birthplace of Jazz. Every year, the city hosts the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, more commonly known as "Jazz Fest." The festival, which features a variety native Louisiana and international artists, is one of the nation's largest music festivals. Of course, New Orleans is also famous for Mardi Gras, which offers numerous parades that feature marching bands from across the country.
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My school had a wonderful day on our tour. The bus driver was very friendly and willing to pick us up at any location. All of the details were organized ahead of time so it was an enjoyable trip leading, not a stressful one. My students even had the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Memorial, all organized by FourWinds. I would highly recommend them for your future trip and performance needs.
--Luke Forshey, Choir Director
East Pennsboro Area Middle School, Day Trip to D.C., May 2018