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Asian Heritage Festival

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  • 6500 Magazine Street , New Orleans , LA 70118
  • 6500 Magazine Street , New Orleans , LA 70118
  • 6500 Magazine Street
    New Orleans , LA 70118
  • Presented By: AARP
  • Dates: April 21, 2017 - April 21, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring on the 3rd Friday of April
  • Location: Audubon Zoo
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Over the nearly 300 years since  the city's founding, New Orleans has welcomed dozens of nationalities into its  rich cultural and ethnic mix. Among the most recent group of arrivals are the  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose original homelands lie along the  western rim of the Pacific Ocean; from Vietnam, China and the Indonesian and  Philippine archipelagos to the islands of Japan, and along the northern shores  of the Indian Ocean, from Pakistan and India to Thailand, Malaysia and  Singapore.

And, like most of the city's  ethnic groups, the Asian Americans of New Orleans hold a festival every year  celebrating their culture and heritage, one that dates back thousands of years.  This year's Asian Heritage Festival will be held at the Audubon Zoo on  Saturday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As in past years, the Asian  Heritage Festival will feature music indigenous to the individual nations, accompanied  by graceful dancers in kimonos and other colorful attire, along with ethnic  foods and intricate, imaginative handicrafts.

This year's theme is "Flowers of  Asia." Visitors to the festival can expect to see floral arrangements  resplendent with color, plus exotic potted plants and many other specialties of  Asian horticulture.

Details of this year's Asian  Heritage Festival were not available at this time. For more information on this  and other upcoming events, click here or call (504) 417-3282.

Asian/Pacific  Islanders in New Orleans

Of the estimated 10.2 million  Asian/Pacific Islanders living in the United States, roughly 54,000 of them  live in Louisiana, comprising 1.2 percent of the state's population. The  largest numbers come from Vietnam, where large Vietnamese communities have become  concentrated in eastern New Orleans and in several areas on the West Bank of  the Mississippi River.

However there are also large  numbers of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Laotian and Philippine immigrants  and their families living in the New Orleans area, each making their own unique  contributions to the local culture and multiethnic heritage. Buddhist temples  on the West Bank and in several locales throughout the city have introduced  many locals to the art and music that are rooted in ancient Eastern rituals.  Vietnamese restaurants and food markets throughout the area, serving and  selling their culinary specialties – much of which is locally home-grown in  community gardens – have been flourishing here in recent years and are  favorites of local food critics.

The Asian Pacific American Society of New  Orleans maintains a website to keep members and others abreast of events happening  in the community, as well as a database of demographic information and local  resources. To learn more about the society and the local Asian Pacific Islander  Community go to www.apasneworleans.com.