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MARDI GRAS

The king of New Orleans celebrations shows off the city's spirit

That’s the call to riders dispensing beads and “throws” from the elaborate floats of Mardi Gras. The name of the holiday’s misleading. It’s about a month or so of parties named for just one day, Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent. But Mardi Gras is more in New Orleans. No one does Carnival like the Crescent City. Beginning on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, the city is obsessed with eating, costuming, bead-tossing and parading that increases in intensity as Ash Wednesday nears. On the weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday, parades roll all over town. Spectators gasp at the colossal Endymion floats and delight in the social satire of Krewe d’Etat’s. There are new traditions like Chewbacchus with its Star Wars-inspired tomfoolery and ages old ones such as Zulu and Rex. Visitors are encouraged to explore New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions. To eat oysters and king cake, watch parades roll down St. Charles Avenue and tag along with marching krewes as they wind their way into the Quarter from New Orleans historic neighborhoods.

Mardi Gras World
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  • Nothing about Mardi Gras is predictable – not even the date. Unlike Christmas or the 4th of July which always fall on the same calendar day, the only thing you can count on for sure with...
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  • Think Mardi Gras is just beer, beads and Bourbon Street? You need to keep reading.
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  • Already been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Think you can scratch it off your bucket list? Not so fast! Before you say you’ve seen it all, here are some specific must-dos, quirky events and local...
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  • The more you know about Mardi Gras tradition, the more fun you’ll have. Here’s a primer based on facts from Mardi Gras guru Arthur Hardy.
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  • Mardi Gras is more than an event –it’s a culture with a vocabulary all its own. Here are some words you might hear thrown around like beads at a parade.
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  • For more than 130 years, Mardi Gras “throws” have been part of the fun of Carnival.
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  • Is there anything richer than praline pecan cheesecake? Yes. The history and traditions of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Let’s take a look behind the mask.
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  • Il n'y a rien de plus attendrissant que de voir les enfants participer à leur premier défilé ou tirer la fève dans la version locale de la galette des rois, le « King Cake ».
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  • Vous envisagez de vous rendre à La Nouvelle-Orléans pendant le carnaval ? Découvrez ces « krewes » gays, telles que Krewe of Armeinius, Krewe of Amon-Ra, Lords of Leather et bien d'autres.
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  • Like every balcony in the French Quarter, the streets of New Orleans are overcrowded during Carnival season.
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  • Mardi Gras krewes throw the parades and each has its own history and traditions. Let us throw you a little trivia, mister.  
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  • Certain aspects of Mardi Gras are shrouded in mystery. For instance, the official parade schedule isn’t typically released until the first few weeks of each new year.
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Mardi Gras All Year Long

  • The magic and spectacle that is Mardi Gras happens every Carnival season starting Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, and culminating on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday on the Advent calendar. But you...
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  • Si vous avez manqué les festivités annuelles et le carnaval, pas de panique : suivez une visite guidée en segway, à vélo, à pied ou en bus pour en apprendre davantage sur la tradition du Mardi Gras.
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  • Dans une ville qui compte autant de magasins de déguisements que de supermarchés, il existe toujours une bonne raison de revêtir ses plus beaux atours. Halloween, Mardi gras, la Saint-Patrick, la Red Dress Run...
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  • Repartez avec un souvenir du carnaval dans vos valises en vous rendant dans l'une des nombreuses boutiques qui vendent des colliers de perles, déguisements, et autres accessoires originaux... 
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Mardi Gras World
Come see where Mardi Gras is made. See Mardi Gras magic created right before your eyes in this maze of amazing carnival creations. Guided...
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