8 things to do this weekend: March 22 – 24

From festivals to parades, there's plenty to do this weekend.

As we hop into spring, we can already enjoy our fill of parades and festivals. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24

Fill up on crawfish in almost every way imaginable at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival all weekend in Chalmette. You’ll find boiled crawfish with all of the fixings, and other dishes like crawfish bread and crawfish pies. Other activities at the St. Bernard Parish festival include carnival rides and game booths, arts and crafts, and live music. General admission is $5.

Looking for more crawfish festivals this spring? We rounded up a list of other mudbug-filled fests to mark on your calendar.

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New Orleans Bourbon Festival

Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 23

The New Orleans Bourbon Festival returns for the enjoyment of bourbon lovers. The fest kicked off on Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Food, spirits and culture converge as the festival brings together distilleries, restaurants speakers and industry professionals in a 1920’s speakeasy-themed setting. Ticket prices start at $59.

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Buku Art + Music Project

Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 23

Lana Del Rey and A$AP Rocky head the music lineup for the Buku Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. The eclectic festival features a mix of electronic, hip-hop and indie acts. Other notable acts spotted in the lineup include Dog Blood, Kevin Gates, Excision, RL Grime, Louis the Child, Ella Mai, the $UICIDEBOY$ and mention of a Reppin’ New Orleans showcase featuring New Orleans talent.

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Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade

Saturday, March 23

The Italian-American St. Joseph’s Society celebrates the feast of St. Joseph with a parade through the French Quarter at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The parade kicks off at the intersection of Convention Center Boulevard and Girod Street with more than a dozen floats. See the parade route below.

Source: Italian-American St. Joseph’s Society

Louisiana Derby

Saturday, March 23

Grab your cute hat and outfit for Louisiana Derby Day at the Fairgrounds on Saturday. Ladies and gents can also enter in the Fashion Day at the races contest. So come dressed fabulous!  Louisiana Derby, the state’s premier horse racing competition, is the first race on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. Racing starts at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $10.

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Sista Strut

Saturday, March 23

Lace up your shoes for a good cause. Women will gather to strut along a three-kilometer walk to raise breast cancer awareness. A rally kicks off festivities on at 8 a.m. on Saturday before the walk starts at 10 a.m. Visit the site to register.

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway & NORD Hike Fest

Saturday, March 23

Lafitte Greenway’s annual hike is transformed into the greenway’s first ever festival. There will be live music, food & art vendors, activities for kids and, of course, periodic guided hikes through the greenway. Admission is free and open to the public. Biking to the event is encouraged and valets for bikes will be provided free of charge.

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Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade

Sunday, March 24

The Louisiana Irish-Italian parade rolls at noon on Sunday along its traditional Veterans route. See the parade route below.