Today is the event of the year – Mardi Gras! How are you celebrating? Did you travel to New Orleans for the celebration? Its not a national “holiday” but it sure is a fun and much attended event.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the last day of carnival season and it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday the First Day of Lent. This year it is celebrated today March 5th.
Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday?
Mardi Gras is officially held in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can take in parades, roll down streets of New Orleans, and enjoy the festivities both day and night. DON’T FORGET YOUR BEADS!
Feeling the experience of Mardi Gras
My first visit to New Orleans was amazing. Now i go back just about every year. I go for just a relaxing weekend or I go for Carnival and Mardi Gras. Read my post on Takin in New Orleans in a weekend. I always thought it was an “adult only” event. To my surprise its actually a family celebration. Boy did my boys have fun. They thoroughly enjoyed catching all the beads, stuffed animals, and more. My advice is that if you go and take your kids along for a vacation or getaways, make sure to bring a BIG tote for all the things they will catch and ask you to hold. Isn’t it amazing that in addition to being the mother, nurture, chef, nurse, cheer leader, we are also the hold everything person? It just tickles me the number of hats we wear. You know why? Because we rock!
Ok I’m getting off topic, back to work! Make sure you look the part. Join in and get your beads before you arrive!
Parades and eye catching floats
The parades which begin on St. Charles avenue near Napolean are awesome!! Floats were creative and inspiring. Some have been in parade for year and it just gets better with time. There is always a theme to the floats and truly colorful. This year the oldest female Mardi Gras organization in Metairie will celebrate their 47th parade with the theme “Under the Sea”‘ The throws this year will include decorated flip flops, light up bracelets, logo bags and cups, and much more. I told you my lovelies that women ROCK!
” I thinks that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans. – Mark Twain
Wow how clever!
Interest in attending?
If you’d like to take in the celebration and festivities one year, I highly suggest it. It’s like one of those things you put on your bucket list. In fact, it was on my bucket list so I can cross it off on My bucket list for the 9 years I have left to use them!
The dates are as following:
- March 25, 2020
- March 16, 2021
- March 1, 2022
- February 21, 2023
- March 13, 2024
It’s a moveable feast and celebration as the date of Mardi Gras changes every year. As you can see it varies from dates in February to March.
Lastly, taking in the festivities at Mardi Gras is a truly unique experience. You can take advantage of early bird pricing if you want to get in now and secure your travels. I’d recommend Booking.com as they have the best prices and selections available! Click here to get the best rates today!