Great Vacations in February, March and April 2012
Top Vacation Trips for Winter and Spring
Ready to greet 2012 and forge some new memories with a great vacation in a new locale. Here's some ready-made parties in fun cities eager to celebrate their history, attractions, and culture along with a lot of feel-good vibe. They'll supply the snow, sunshine or seltzer, you just show up -- alone, coupled or with family in tow for a great time.
Note, the information here is accurate as of publication; however, always check with the venue prior to booking your trip to ensure there are no changes in dates, times or venues.
54th Grammy Awards
Los Angeles, California
Grammy Awards (Staples Center)
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Then take bets on which resident musician will exhibit the foot in the mouth syndrome for the viewing audience during the 54th Grammy Awards celebration. Musical great, Adele, is Rolling In the Deep, with her nomination for Album of the Year. Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett, Lil Wayne, the Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood and many others are scheduled to perform. The Memphis Horns will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award as will singer, Glen Campbell. Jennifer Hudson perform a musical tribute to the late, Whitney Houston.
Academy Awards - Oscar Rules
Sunday, February 12, 2012
If you are into homosapien star gazing, you're sure to get your fill at the 84th Academy Awards which will be held at the landmark Kodak Theatre. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences salutes excellence in the film industry by conferring gold Oscars to winning directors, writers and actors. Nominees include Meryl Street for her role in The Iron Lady, Brad Pitt for Moneyball,The Help and Steven Spielberg's War Horse.
The televised event draws millions to watch the orchestrated parade of stars who grace the red carpet outside the theatre, dressed by famous and upcoming designers with multi-carat jeweled accessories (often borrowed). Billy Crystal makes a return engagement to host the 2012 event. Hundreds hold vigil outside the Kodak Theatre for an opportunity to see their favorite thespian up close. Wear your shades to deflect the star power and flashing lights.
January 27 - February 12, 2012
Can't get enough snow? Hop a sled to Quebec for their Carnival! The first Carnival was held in 1894 when the city's inhabitants opted to celebrate the season of snow and cold with festivities, and it has evolved to become the largest winter Carnival world-wide. The 2011 Carnival will feature the return of the snow ice palace formed from over 9,000 tons of snow complete with lighted displays and special effects.
Sculptors around the world will convene to create transparent and opaque artwork for the International Snow Sculpture event. There will be plenty of winter sports including canoe races along the St. Lawrence River with Elite Masculine, Elite Feminine and Sport classes. Events include two night parades, dogsled racing and a Kid's Fun Zone.
Quebec is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical and cultural history. Don't miss the Musee de la Civilisation which details history, cultures and Canadian identity.
Chinese New Year Parade
San Francisco, California
Why not plan to join thousands as they celebrate the Year of the Hare during the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. This parade, which is beautifully illuminated at night, started in 1860s by the San Francisco Chinese community as an educational and celebratory tool. The parade features over 100 units including participants dressed in festive garb, colorful floats including one carrying Miss Chinatown USA and her court, and fire breathing, dancing dragons.
February 14, 2012
Want to plan a V-Day sure to tantalize your sweetie? How about a journey to the most romantic city in the world to bask in the cornucopia of famous museums, parks, theatres, restaurants, architecture, history and culture. Take a romantic stroll along the River Seine, wink at Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or do some high brow shopping on Avenue Montaigne. Revisit history at the Place de la Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.
New Orleans, Louisiana
February 13, 2012 (Rock 'n Roll Mardi Gras Marathon)
March 2012 (Mardi Gras)
Mardi Gras falls on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday); the carnival's motto is Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll). Indeed New Orleans and its community with French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean origins know how to throw a party. After all, Lent is right around the bend, so now's the time to indulge in excesses.
Festivities include over the top parades such as the Bacchus Parade and Ball and the Orpheus Parade and Ball and the Zula and Krewe parades. Mardi Gras colors were selected in 1872 and are purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).
One of the popular tradition involves King Cakes (named for the three Kings or Wise Men who journeyed to visit newborn Jesus). These rings of dough are decorated with sweet toppings. Each King Cake has a small plastic baby (representation of Baby Jesus) inserted. The person who receives the slice of cake containing the baby is said to be blessed and is supposed to host the next King Cake party.
Note: The Rock 'n Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon to benefit the American Cancer Society runs on February .
New Orleans hosts another great festival -- Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2012.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Dublin, Ohio (Columbus)
Don't have the funds to visit the original land of leprechauns; seek out that pot of gold in Dublin, Ohio. This namesake holds a green and gold parade held in celebration of St. Patrick's. Dublin is a small city on the northwest outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. This city, home to over 41,000, surrounds the Scioto River.
While there plan to drive to Columbus to visit its world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the James Thurber house, and the 19th century reconstruction of the Ohio Village. Columbus is home to Big Ten Ohio State University.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Almost 17% of Bostonians can claim Irish ancestors; however, on March 17, everyone is Irish as the city comes together for the annual St. Patrick Day's Parade. Boston devotes a week to this celebration which started in 1737 and includes Irish band concerts, food tasting and enthusiastic partying. Over 500,000 people attend this event, undoubtedly, in search of that pot 'o gold.
Daytona Beach, Florida
You may want to leave the kids at home for this one. Daytona invites motorcycle riders and lovers down south for a few days of bikes, bikinis and buns. Scheduled events include the International Motorcycle Show, runs and road tours, motorcycle stunts and damp T-shirt and tattoo contests. Flea market vendors will be in attendance to sell everything related to Harleys to the close to a million spectators. And, of course, there will be music and food to share with your nearest Hell's Angel.
While in Daytona, you can spend time relaxing at the beach (well, maybe), or visit another high octane venue, The Daytona International Speedway or The Kennedy Space Center. The KSC is located on a wildlife refuge and is headquarters to NASA launches. And if you want to add some sugar to your hot sauce, Orlando and the land of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella are about 1-1/2 hours away.
ACM Academy of Country Music Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 1, 2012
Vegas goes country for this celebration of the best in country music. Are you a lot-a-bit country? If so, feel free to lend your vote to select the winner of categories like Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist at the website referenced below. Then join them at the MGM hotel to watch them walk the orange carpet. Nominess include Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley.
Vegas is . . . well, it's Vegas . . . with tons of casinos, entertainment and debauchery. Take in a show, hobnob with Elvis, or simply take in the thousands or lights and displays at the various hotels on the Strip. If you've never been, you've got to go -- at least once.
Fiesta San Antonio 2011
San Antonio, Texas
April 19 - 29, 2012
Historically, this fiesta started in commemoration of the heroes of Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta San Antonio celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2011. Activities are held throughout this historical city located in central Texas including activities on the famed River Walk which winds along the San Antonio River. The downtown River Walk features dozens of restaurants, bistros, shops and galleries. You can hop a river taxi or enjoy a romantic sunset river cruise.
Remember the Alamo while you are in San Antonio and visit this still standing landmark where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie along with 196 others met their end. Also, plan a visit to the La Villita for authentic architecture and unusual arts and spend some time reliving history in one of several century-old missions.
Note, the River Walk (river) is drained and cleaned during January.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisana
April 27 - May 6, 2012
The great singer Mahalia Jackson and entertainer Duke Ellington christened the first Jazz Fest in April, 1970. This festival is as much about culture and food as Jazz. So participants are encouraged to stroll the grounds and enjoy The Louisiana Folklife Village which consists of four themed areas: Made By Hand-Crafts of Everyday Life, The Work of Many Lives-Waterways of Louisiana, Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler-Ritual & Celebration in Louisiana, and The Work of Many Lives-Architectural Trades. Tradition bearers and master artisans demonstrate their crafts and interact with their visitors.
You can even witness a pow wow and sample traditional culture and dance at the Native American Village where representatives from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Chitimacha, United Houma Nation, Louisiana Band of Choctaw, and the Jena Band of Choctaw demonstrate the art of basket weaving, flint knapping, wood carving, and pottery. And of course, you can expect nothing but the best cuisine at the Fest include creole and cajun foods such shrimp and oka gumbo, crawfish bisque, po-boy sandwiches with cochon de lait (it's all good), fried green tomatoes, Creole stuffed crab, lemon pound cake and sweet potato cookies. Indian vendors will be serving fry bread, maque chox and Indian tacos.
More Vacation Ideas
- The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco
- Mardi Gras New Orleans 2011 | Mardi Gras in New Orleans
MardiGrasNewOrleans.com introduces you to the major participants of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, provides updated parade information and parade routes, the truth about our Mardi Gras traditions, the best places to get your Mardi Gras beads, masks, and
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Official site of the Academy with history and general information on the Academy Awards, as well as photographs, events and screenings, and press releases.
- City of Dublin - St. Patrick\'s Day Parade
City of Dublin, Ohio - St. Patrick's Day Parade.
- The Official Web site for The San Antonio River Walk!
The Official Website for The San Antonio River Walk! Everything you need to have a wonderful time in San Antonio, Texas.
- 2011 Boston Saint Patricks Day Parade,Holyoke Saint Patrick\'s Day Parade ,Scituate Saint Patrick\'s
2011 Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade,Holyoke Saint Patrick's Day Parade ,Scituate Saint Patrick's Day Parade ,Cape Cod Saint Patrick's Day Parade ,South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Worcester County Saint Patrick's Day Parade
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | April 29 - May 8, 2011
The official site for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival