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Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night

January 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night - French Quarter at nightNew Orleans Carnival doesn’t kick off without it, yet it is the thread of an ancient practice only recently revived (if 1870 seems recent to you). What is the tradition Twelfth Night?

January 6th may seem like just another day to most folks out there: Christmas and New Year’s Day are passed, so the 6th of January is just another day to get on with. For the devout Christian, however, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

In New Orleans it is this as well – but also Twelfth Night: the start of Carnival.

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Mardi Gras Indians?

February 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras IndiansA lot of the finer details of Mardi Gras remain unknown because they are handled by secret societies – others are just rarer sights for your average visitor to the yearly celebration. Little seen and lesser known, Mardi Gras Indians have a fascinating history all their own worth looking into.

Mardi Gras Indians typically hail from the African-American communities of New Orleans’ inner city – so why do they dress as Indians for Mardi Gras?

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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.

Find Romance in New Orleans

January 30th, 2012 by bbnola

Sometimes there is nothing more romantic than staying in when everyone else is out.


New Orleans is romantic. Come see.

February in New Orleans means Mardi Gras. Parades and celebrations take place all over the city. Throngs of people participate because it’s rowdy and it’s fun.

While they’re dancing in the streets, curl up with your sweetie at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. While they’re partying in a club, find an intimate corner in a quiet restaurant. While they’re sleeping in, sneak out to watch the sun rise over the city.

New Orleans is infused with romance. It’s in the beautiful old homes, the intimate courtyards, the dark jazz clubs. It’s a city that awakens the lover in us all.

Bring your lover to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast this February, and give yourself over to romance.

Mardi Gras Lite

January 12th, 2012 by bbnola

Court Jester

Mardi Gras; it's a good show.

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.

Mardi Gras 2012 Begins

January 4th, 2012 by bbnola

High Heel Shoe Float

This High Heel Shoe Float was featured in the Muses Parade.

The start of each new year means many things to many people. Here in New Orleans, it means Mardi Gras.

As of this writing, bakers throughout the city are pulling out their recipes for King Cakes. These colorful treats appear in stores, restaurants, bakeries and delis on January 6, and are happily consumed until Ash Wednesday. The King Cake is an old tradition, dating from the Middle Ages, and a fun one. Each cake contains a little plastic baby; the person who bites into the baby is supposed to buy the next King Cake, or host a party. It’s just one more way to ensure that the good times roll.

Fat Tuesday is on February 21 in 2012. That may seem a distant date, but celebrations begin well before then. The first parade will be held on Saturday, February 4 (that would be the adult-only Krewe du Vieux, in the French Quarter). More follow February 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and then daily from the 15th until the 21st. Parades are held Uptown, in the Metairie, and elsewhere. They celebrate King Arthur, Dionysus, Muses, Chaos, and more.

Now is an excellent time to make your Mardi Gras travel plans. Visit our “Find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast” and browse by neighborhood, by special, or by special interest. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts tend to fill during Mardi Gras, so book your room soon.

Mardi Gras 2011 is Under Way

February 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

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.