If you’re staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast these days, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras parades take place morning, noon and night throughout the city during Carnival, from the French Quarter to the Metairie to Uptown. For example, this Saturday, February 26, 2011, catch a parade from Pontchartrain to Uptown at 1 p.m., or Pegasus to Uptown at 6:45 p.m..
This year, Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) falls on March 8, and to celebrate it there will be parades all over the city. Some parades feature people walking in fine attire, others feature elaborate floats that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create. All will have music, and lots of it. Parade schedules can change at any time, so visit Mardi Gras 2011 for up-to-date information.
Mardi Gras and Carnival is celebrated in many predominantly Catholic societies each year before Lent, a period of fasting and piousness. In preparation for forty days with little or no rich foods and drink, people consume their rich foods and drink. In preparation for a lengthy period without parties or celebrations, people enjoy themselves to the fullest. So if you plan to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, plan to have some fun.
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is celebrated with masquerade balls, colorful parades, and the consumption of King Cakes. New Orleans was one of the first cities to celebrate Mardi Gras in this country, and it remains the penultimate Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Experience it in 2011. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans while you’re here.