In New Orleans, a town famous for its French Quarter and Bourbon Street, for hot Cajun and Creole cuisine and for cool Dixieland jazz, one event surpasses them all as the city's legendary signature piece - Mardi Gras It's a season of revelry and romance, of madness and music, of parades and parties, of comic costuming in the streets and grandiose private masquerade balls. Mardi Gras is a time when the gaudy and the gorgeous all come together for one gigantic blowout.
From the regal to the ridiculous, New Orleans Mardi Gras has it all. Since the first modern-day pageant was presented in 1857, with time outs occasioned by World Wars, more than 1,800 Mardi Gras parades have been staged in metro New Orleans. The festival that was conceived as a party the city threw for itself, has grown into one of the world's grandest tourist attractions.
When you're ready for the big experience, you'll need to know when it will be! You'll find the big day can fall on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9. Carnival celebration starts on January 6, the Twelfth Night (feast of Epiphany); and picks up speed until Midnight on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras World
You can enjoy Mardi Gras year-round at the excellent Mardi Gras World, just a short taxi ride from the historic French Quarter.
Established in 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has created breathtaking parade floats not only for the New Orleans Mardi Gras but for parades throughout the world!
Enjoy a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour of this fascinating, and huge, Mardi Gras warehouse and learn about the history and traditions of this world famous parade and the endless hard work that goes into making the colourful floats.
To include this experience in your holiday to New Orleans contact the USA experts at Bon Voyage