10 Best Cultural Festivals In America

Cultural festivals are of great importance and happiness to people who belong to a specific culture. Different festivals take place around the year in different countries depending on the diverse population that lives there. If there is a large population of a specific ethnicity or race, then they tend to join together and celebrate their cultural occasions. Below mentioned are the ten of the most amazing and famous cultural festivals held throughout America. A number of people from all over the country come to watch these festivities.

1: New Orleans Mardi Gras, Louisiana

New Orleans Mardi Gras, Louisiana

This festival stretches for two weeks before and after Shrove Tuesday until it is Ash Wednesday. Small to huge parades are held during the whole festival with the largest parade taking place on the last five days with sometimes a ball held at the last day. The festival is organised by social clubs in the city. Objects like colourful plastic beads and decorated items like throw cups are thrown into the audience by those doing the parade to engage with them. Their traditional colours are purple, green and gold signifying justice, faith and power respectively.

2: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
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This is a yearly festival of hot air balloons which takes place in New Mexico, the USA during early October. It is spread over 90 days and up to 500 balloons are flown each year. The festival is said to be one of the largest hot air balloon festivals in the world. It features a number of different events on different days, for example, a Crispy Crème morning glow on the first day. This event represents Mexican culture to the core and is one of the largest tourist attractions hence a major source of income for the city.

3: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon
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There is a theatre in Oregon which is used for the performance of various plays. This particular theatre is used annually at this festival, and around eleven plays are produced on different stages during a Shakespeare season that starts from February and lasts until early November. All of Shakespeare’s plays are played at least 300 times, and a number of other plays are also played for an audience of about fifteen million people who watch it with great interest.

4: Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
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An annual festival that takes place at the black rock city of Nevada. This event takes place at the end of August to early September. It isn’t a usual festival like the others because almost everything in this city is created by its citizens who participate actively in this experience. The art is based on ten principles some of them being self-reliance, self- expression, gifting, etc. This event is organised by a nonprofit organisation.

5: Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland, Colorado

Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland, Colorado
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This event takes place on the first weekend of March. This event started when the corpse of Bredo Morstoel had gone missing. It basically includes a slow-motion parade, and contests for the frozen dead guy look alike. Other events include a small tour of the shed where there is a frozen corpse of Grandpa,yummy pancake breakfasts and a lot more.

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