Nobody Can Party Like NOLA! And No Party is Bigger Than Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras, translated to English "Fat Tuesday," refers to the celebrations that begin on or near Three King's Day and come to an end on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. While Mardi Gras is not proprietary to Louisiana, our festivals, parades and crazy parties have become the epicenter for the celebrations, also known simply as "Carnival."
Patrons dress up in elaborate customs, masks and make-up. They ride on huge, artisan crafted moving trailers (called parade floats). Parade "throws" fly from the hands of the masked riders and a rain of colorful beads, candy, doubloons, flowers and even stuffed animals fall down on the excited parade on-lookers!
DID YOU KNOW? Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) got its name because it is the last day before the Lenten season and thus the last day to eat richer, fatty foods!
Bring your whole KREWE out!
While there are hundreds of other local Mardi Gras parades in Louisiana every year, the first New Orleans Mardi Gras float is scheduled to roll out Wednesday, January 6 in the French Quater. It would be "Krewe of Joan of Arc." Parades are scheduled throughout New Orleans from January 6 to February 9th, Mardi Gras day! So bring out the whole family and start yelling, "Throw me something mister!"
For more information, check out www.MardiGrasNewOrleans.com