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The 27th annual Festival International took over downtown Lafayette this past weekend, featuring scores of musicians and crafts artists from all over the world and packing the streets with revelers.

WWNO was there, and brought back these highlights.

Festival International's Official Lineup Video:

Festival Showcases Shreveport's Indian Community

Apr 25, 2013

The culture of India will take center stage on Saturday, April 27, for the ASEANA Foundation’s Spring Festival. In its sixth year, the festival draws hundreds of people to downtown Shreveport. The event will highlight traditional Indian cuisine and folk dances. ASEANA Foundation board president Lumen Tindell said a group of volunteers took a once abandoned garden and turned it into a treasured inner city green space, this year influenced by the Asian subcontinent.

Unless it's your birthday, you've just been promoted, or find out that you have the winning Powerball numbers, April 15 is not the most celebrated day in America.

But wait! If you're about to opt for that last-minute extension, maybe, just maybe, there's a way to make Tax Day fun, New Orleans-style...

If you're headed out to the French Quarter Festival this weekend, it's about time you got your itinerary down. Take a look at what's when with the complete festival schedule, plus links at the bottom of the post to our complete festival coverage and a map of where's it's at when you get there.

Click on the schedule images to bring up larger versions.

The 2013 French Quarter Festival starts Thursday, and runs through Sunday, April 14.

The New Orleans Police Department has released traffic restrictions for the 2013 French Quarter Festival. The Festival begins this Thursday, April 11, and lasts until Sunday, April 14.

Throughout the Festival, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., North Peters/Decatur Streets will be  restricted when pedestrian traffic between Iberville and Dumaine Streets necessitates the closure.

Find out where it's all at this weekend with this map of the 2013 French Quarter Festival.

The map highlights music stages, bars and clubs with performances, and everything from food booths to restrooms to ATM locations. You can click on the map for a larger version, or download the map here.

The French Quarter Festival begins this Thursday, April 11.

The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals has named the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival its New Event of the Year.

Organizers held the inaugural festival in September. The Bogalusa Daily News reports that it drew a couple of thousand people despite a daylong rain.

At the fairs and festivals association's recent annual conference in Baton Rouge, the Bogalusa festival also picked up a first-place award for its poster.

Lockport's annual Main Street Market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at the Bayouside Park.

The Daily Comet reports the market will include artisans selling clothing, jewelry, pottery, lawn ornaments, purses, wood crafts, art and other novelty items. Food and drink will be available at the nearby Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum.

Proceeds benefit the museum.

The Voodoo Music Experience has been bought by SFX Entertainment, a New York-based producer and promoter of concerts and other live entertainment, according to an article on Billboard Magazine's website.

Though SFX — a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications — has recently been acquiring dance music properties, Robert F.X. Sillerman, the company's president, told Billboard the mutli-genre Voodoo festival is a great fit for them.

New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima is getting a festival in his honor.

The inaugural Prima Fest is set for March 7-10 at the Mississippi River Heritage Park. Admission will be $10.

The Times-Picayune reports that organizers have yet to announce the full musical lineup, but Prima's daughter, Lena Prima, will perform several times.

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