Day 1 :
Welcome to the Crescent City!
- Natchez River Cruise Lunch (optional):
Your cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi, aboard New Orleans’ only authentic Steamboat.
- Ghost & Spirit Tour (optional):
Experience the New Orleans supernatural world up close and personal as your guide takes you through the historic French Quarter.
- Hotel check-in:
Day 2 :
First performances and touring of the city
- Cemetery & Gris-Gris Walking Tour (optional):
Tour one of New Orleans most famous features, the above ground cemetery. Make a wish or cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Leveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Get your own Gris-Gris Bag!
- First day of performances:
Festival performances run throughout the day at your event venue. After arriving at your concert venue, your group will warm up in a private rehearsal room. Each ensemble will perform for 15-minutes on stage. A panel of three adjudicators will provide written and recorded feedback for each performance. Following your performance, a select adjudicator will conduct a mini-clinic on stage with your group, providing valuable feedback and reinforcement for your classroom teachings. Groups will also have the opportunity to participate as an audience for other groups competing – giving your ensemble exposure to their peers.
- Step-on bus tour (optional) :
Experience a New Orleans tour from the comfort of your own bus. Expert tour guides will join you for a 3-hour
tour of this historical city.
Day 3 :
Continue festival performances and Awards Ceremony at Mardi Gras World
- Final performances:
Festival performances will continue throughout the day. Your performance time will be given to you weeks before your event, so you can plan your day accordingly. Bringing more than one ensemble? No problem – our team will arrange your schedule so you can maximize your free time.
- Airboat Swamp Tours (optional):
Join your captain on a high speed Airboat Ride! You’ll be touring a large tract of tidewater cypress swamp. During your tour, you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes see hawks, owls and bald eagles.
- Awards Ceremony :
Celebrate an outstanding festival performance with a Masquerade Ball themed Awards Ceremony, Dinner and Dance!
Day 4 :
Depart New Orleans!
- Goodbye, New Orleans!:
Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in New Orleans.