You haven’t experienced Louisiana until you come here for the New Orleans Mardi Gras festivities. The term “Mardi Gras” signifies one day of parties and parades on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. It is the Tuesday before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. During Lent, many people stop eating rich food or candies, culminating on Easter Sunday, when a big meal is eaten to break the fast, including chocolates, in the form of Easter eggs or bunny rabbits, and delicious desserts.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras in New Orleans has come to mean more than just one day of partying and eating like a king. Mardi Gras carnivals have turned into a months’ long period of activities, some beginning in January and building up through February right up until the actual Mardi Gras Day.
If you’re wondering what goes on during Mardi Gras, here’s a few tips and ideas of what to expect before you make your New Orleans hotel reservation. First of all, do plan ahead, as the city gets very crowded during this time of year. If you plan on being in the Big Easy on Mardi Gras Day, study the parade routes and plan on being where you want to be with plenty of time to spare.
Do come to New Orleans with fun in mind! Dress up in a costume for the parades – anything goes here. You’re here to watch and to be seen. And be ready to catch some Mardi Gras beads and “throws” that are tossed into the crowd from the parade floats. These can include beads, cups, doubloons and stuffed animals. The beads are the most visible symbols and souvenirs of Mardi Gras and there are more than enough to go around.
Interestingly, there is no one “official” Mardi Gras. It’s a holiday that belongs to anyone and everyone who wants to take part in it. There are different parades with their own themes and best of all, it’s free to go to any of them. Enjoy the marching bands, over three hundred floats, and thousands of parade-goers. Whether you are in a parade or watching one, chances are you’ll be wearing an outlandish costume just to fit in! So have a great time and participate in one of the New Orleans Mardi Gras festivals.