I've been to New Orleans twice in the past 4 years and thoroughly enjoyed both visits, although they were both WAY too brief.
I am thinking of returning this spring/summer and have a question. Can someone list some of the premier events/festivals that are worth planning a visit around? I know about Mardi Gras and the Jazz festival , but what are some other events that would make it worth planning a trip. Food type events are what I'm thinking about, but other suggestions would be welcome too. And really, they could be anywhere around New Orleans or southern LA. I'm hoping to drag my motorcycle down with me and do some riding while we are there so we will be mobile.
Thanks for any ideas.
I am thinking of a May to September range.