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Everybody knows that one of the best things to do in New Orleans is be part of Mardi Gras. Although that certainly remains the most popular attraction, there is more to this 301-year-old city than bedazzled hats, super-cool costumes and crazy wigs.
Literary fiends should ride the streetcar to the city's famed literary festival, which is partially devoted to Tennessee Williams, while foodies will gobble up food at Hogs for the Cause, the annual worship of the pig—with a charity bent.
Other must-visit festivals and events: NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four Tournament, which comes to New Orleans this year, and, of course, the city's Jazz and Heritage Festival. Or opt to spend your time eating all the beignets at Cafe du Monde. Whatever you choose, one thing is certain: New Orleans is extravagantly awesome.