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What Is Mardi Gras, Exactly?

January 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

What Is Mardi Gras?It seems like a lot of folks who have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans have a limited conception of what Mardi Gras is and what it’s all about, so I thought I’d take some time to shed a little light on the history of Mardi Gras.

Many see Mardi Gras as little more than a big, drunken party with lots of costumes and wild women – sort of like spring break meets Halloween. This image of Mardi Gras attracts some, repels many others, and frustrates those who know it is an oversimplification and, as such, dead wrong.

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Go With the Mardi Gras Flow

February 11th, 2012 by bbnola

The Mardi Gras parade season officially begins today, and as of this writing, there are five parades underway in New Orleans. Many more will take place over the coming days, culminating in the grand parades Uptown and in the Metairie on Fat Tuesday itself, February 21, 2012.

This is a period of celebration. It’s a time to enjoy food and drink and fun before Lent. Yet you don’t have to participate in Lent in order to celebrate Mardi Gras. You just have to be willing to have fun now.

Mardi Gras on Canal Street postcard with Tudor Theater

People have been flocking to New Orleans for Mardi Gras for ages. Why not come yourself?

It’s also important to take care of yourself. Parades mean lots of time on your feet and lots of people. Talk to the innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast about the best places to watch and the best places to avoid. If you’ll be wandering far from your New Orleans B&B during the course of the day, learn where you can sit and rest and where you can find a restroom!

We find it’s best to go with the flow. You can have a plan (know when and where parades start, etc), but be willing to alter it. Spontaneous parties crop up all over town, and the music and dancing can be irresistible.. Let yourself wander and explore, and laisser les bons temps rouler.