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Beginners Guide: Mardi Gras 2018

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a very special event, that's almost too spectacular to put into words. It's an incredible experience that everyone should at least partake in once in their lifetime. The city of New Orleans puts a whole new meaning into "laissez les bon temps rouler"!

History

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana's governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today. Learn more at mardigrasneworleans.com

Dates

Pre Mardi Gras a popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before to be sure to catch the most popular parades, like The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Krewe of Endymion, Krewe of Bacchus and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city.

Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is the official day of Mardi Gras and is the last day of the Carnival season, always falling the day before Lent.

Family Gras will be Friday, February 2 - Saturday, February 3. A FREE celebration and carnival in Metairie with outdoor concerts by both national and local artists featuring Cyndi Lauper. A big part of the Family Gras is the spectacular parades rolling directly next to the Family Gras festivities. Enjoy the Krewe of Excalibur on Saturday night and the Krewe of Caesar on Sunday.

Parades

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For more information on parades, schedules, events & much more check out -> Mardi Gras New Orleans

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