We who live and work in New Orleans believe that every person should experience at least one New Orleans Mardi Gras Celebration in a lifetime. Call it prejudice or call it a heartfelt desire to share a good thing. As innkeepers of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, we can’t help but want to show off our hometown when it is dressed in its finest.
At the same time, we understand that not every person enjoys a crowd. In fact, some people simply can’t tolerate them. Mardi Gras Celebrations in New Orleans are a great deal of fun, but they can be crowded.
Folks interested in enjoying a taste of a New Orleans Mardi Gras without the crowds should consider arriving the week before Fat Tuesday itself. All y’all know how we love a parade, so it should be no surprise that many parades are scheduled in the weeks leading up to February 21, 2012.
As of this writing, there are two parades scheduled for Saturday, February 4, and two scheduled for Friday the 10th. There are to be three parades on the 11th and another four on Sunday the 12th. Linger in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast over Valentine’s Day, then enjoy the Krewe of the Ancient Druids parade on the 15th.
The truth is that New Orleans is a great city any time of year. Mardi Gras is fun. If you want to get a taste of Mardi Gras without being overwhelmed by it, come to town before it gets in full swing. All the restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries will still be here, as will your favorite Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans.