This weekend and next, the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association offers a slate of programs aimed at providing a glimpse into the factors that have made New Orleans into America’s most interesting city.

“We want to educate people about the history and the architecture of New Orleans,” said Tyra Treadway, president of the Spring Fiesta Association, a group founded in 1937.

A highlight of the Fiesta is the presentation of the Spring Fiesta queen and her court at Jackson Square (Saturday, March 21, 3 p.m.) followed by a parade through the Quarter (beginning at 4:30 p.m.). Horse-drawn carriages transport the court members, as they hand out flowers to onlookers.

Home tours are slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and Mach 22, and again on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and March 29.

“We have five houses tour each weekend,” Treadway said. “The houses featured the first weekend are located in the middle of the French Quarter. On the second weekend, the tour focuses on houses towards the back of the Quarter and includes some large homes that extend half a block back along Esplanade Avenue.”

Docents will be on hand to answer questions at each house, and some homeowners will be on site to greet tourgoers.

Additionally, walking tours led by licensed tour guides are available both weekends to further educate those who want to learn more about the history and traditions that have molded the city into what it is today. For details on all offerings, visit