Think New Orleans is exaggerating when we say we’re the Festival Capital of the World? We challenge you to an oyster-shucking contest right here and now. Or maybe you want to go head to head in a crawfish cook-off. Come for St. Patrick’s Day and let’s see who can make the best Irish stew with the cabbage, potatoes and carrots we catch at the parades. The truth is New Orleans – the land of Mardi Gras and merry-making in general – is home to so many fascinating festivals year round that celebrate our fabulous food, innovative music and cultural diversity. It’s a little crazy. And it’s fun. Check out this year’s festival lineup.