New Orleans, San Antonio celebrate in April
French Quarter Festival
to be held April 11-13
If you like to stroll about while listening to all kinds of music, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival will fill the bill and then some. Free music and concerts will be offered on 15 stages. The festival focuses on all that makes the French Quarter special.
Nearly half a million people will be joining you for the event. It includes a parade, historic patio tours, kid’s and family activities. Check fqfi.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
slated for April 18-27
It’s just too big and too much fun to ignore. Again this year, Fiesta offers ten days of parades, carnivals, sports, fireworks, music, ethnic feasts and exhibits. Organizers predict that 3.5 million people will take part.
The fiesta originated in 1891 with the Battle of the Flowers parade to honor the heroes of the battles for Texas Independence. Visit www.fiesta-sa.org for more information.
1-16, Iditarod Trail Dog Race. Since 1973, about 60 teams compete on a 1,150-mile trail from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Web: Iditarod.com.
1-31, Irish-American Heritage Month. By Presidential Proclamation to recognize the contributions of Irish Americans.
1-31, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. About prevention, testing. Foundation. 1600 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
1-31, National Kidney Month. Kidney disease awareness. National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
1-31, National Social Work Month. First commissioned by Pres. Ronald Reagan to honor Social Workers. Web: www.socialworkers.com.
1-31, National Women’s History Month. Accomplishments of women in history. Project, 3343 Industrial Dr., Ste. 4, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
1-31, Save Your Vision Month. Eye health education. American Optometric Association. 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.
1-31, Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month. Prevent Blindness America, 211 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606.
2-9, Philadelphia Flower show. Largest flower show in the U.S., the premiere event of its kind in the world. Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St, 5th Fl., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
2-9, Save Your Vision Week. By Presidential Proclamation since 1964.
3-9, National Sleep Awareness Week. Recognize the dangers of sleep disorders. Sleep Foundation, 1522 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.
3, NEA’s Read Across America Day. Promotes reading for children. National Education Association., 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
4, Peace Corps Day. Commemorates the 1961 founding of the Peace Corps. Founded by Pres. John F. Kennedy
6-9, Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show and Festival. 29th annual. 100,000 attend. Sportsmen’s Show, P.O. Box 2116, Kenner, LA 70063.
7, World Day of Prayer. The 121st annual global circle of prayer for all nationalities.
9-Nov. 2, Daylight Saving Time Begins. Set your clocks ahead one hour by 2 a.m. according to the Energy Act of 2005.
16-22, National Poison Prevention Week. By Presidential Proclamation since 1962. Focus on accidental poisoning, www.poisonprevention.org.
16, Palm Sunday. Commemorates Christ’s last entry into Jerusalem. First day of Holy Week.
20-June 20, Spring. The first day of spring begins today with the vernal equinox.
21, Good Friday. Christian observance in commemoration of the crucifixion of Christ.
21, National Common Courtesy Day. Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate common courtesy to each other.
23, Easter Sunday. Commemorates the Resurrection of Christ. Also a secular holiday featuring the Easter bunny, Easter baskets, colored eggs, and jelly beans.
26, Legal Assistants Day. To recognize their contributions. Claudia Evart, 30 Park Ave. # 2P, New York, NY 10016.
29-Apr. 13, Cherry Blossom Festival. 96th annual festival throughout Washington, DC. Web: nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
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