ºººCarnaval Latinoººº ¡Viva Nueva Orleans!

A Celebration of the Americas




Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association (HAMACA) proudly announces the nineteenth edition of Carnaval Latino 2018 wich will be held on October 13th, 2018.


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The celebration of Latin music, food, art and culture. Musical artists from several Latin American countries reflect the rich cultural diversity of Carnaval Latino and offer attendees a musical tour without ever leaving the city. Several popular local bands also perform during the fest. This year, the Latino celebration starts with Latin Rhythms at Washington Square in the Faubourg Marigny Historic District, see our venue page for details.


Photo courtesy of City of New Orleans and House of Blues New Orleans

The Post Parade Concert at House of Blues ($20 admission), where you will enjoy dance to performances by the Ballet Folklorico of South Texas College, a mariachi band, and much more.


The Krewe of Quetzal ‘s annualDesfile de las Américas, provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and help launch this year’s Carnaval Latino. The Hispanic community and its neighbors have added an international flavor to the New Orleans tradition of float parades. Last year, 20 floats and as many folkloric groups and bands provided music, costumes and throws celebrating the riders and marchers national roots. You can’t miss this opportunity to view the colorful pageantry and celebrate Louisiana’s Hispanic Heritage. Be “en ese número”.

The Parade will commence on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The floats and marching groups will form on Elysian Fields Avenue by Washington Square Park and roll through the French Quarter down Decatur Street. At Canal Street and South Peters Street, it will turn right, parading down Canal Street and to Convention Center Blvd., where it will disband.


2018 Queen of the Carnaval Latino is Christina Rodriguez-Fierro

This year’s Queen of Carnaval Latino is Christina Rodriguez-Fierro. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Guatemalan and Ecuadorian parents, Ms. Rodriguez-Fierro is one of six children and attended Isidore Newman School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rhodes College graduating with honors, cum laude. We are honored to have her grace these festivities as Miss Carnaval Latino 2018. Read the announcement.

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