This is our third instalment of our festival bucket list series. This series discusses different festivals all over the world that should have a place on your bucket list. This instalment will talk about the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans and why it should be on your bucket list.
About the Mardi Gras Festival
Mardi Gras also called Fat Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is usually the end to the Carnival season. The colorful festival officially takes place on Fat Tuesday but the festivies begin up to a month in advance. Mardi Gras is observed in a lot of places around the world like Rio de Janeiro, Venice and New Orleans. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is very unique and the most popular. Each year the colorful festival welcome over 1.4 million visitors. It’s a celebration of excess and indulgence that precedes the fasting and simple living of Lent. The colorful carnival consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls.
The colorful festival can be traced to European Carnival celebrations during the 17th and 18th centuries. The carnival celebrations traditionally celebrated the festive and indulgent season before Lent. Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be traced back to 1699 when explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville arrived to Louisiana. He declared a plot of land “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when he realized that it was the eve to the boisterous celebration. New Orleans was established in 1718 near the area known as “Pointe du Mardi Gras”. By 1730s the Mardi Gras Carnival masquerade balls became an annual tradition in New Orleans.
Why to Attend the Mardi Gras Carnival
The colorful carnival has a lot of amazing things to offer its attendees. Here are some:
The carnival is very family friendly, if you are looking for a fun experience for the family then Mardi Gras is a great festival to attend. There are less boisterous but still entertaining smaller parades that can offer a great time for the whole family including kids. There are also a lot of engaging and entertaining activities available for kids.
Every list that ever existed on why Madri Gras is great always has a place for King cakes. King cakes are a staple of the fun carnival celebration. It is sold each year from King’s Day to Mardi Gras day. The cake is baked with a small plastic baby inside. According to tradition, the person who gets this slice has to host the next King Cakes.
The balls are one of the oldest and greatest traditions of the wonderful carnival season. They are usually a formal affair, where people dress up in their finest and come together to celebrate.
The parades are the essence of the whole carnival, they are fun and entertaining. There are amazing floats at the parades, attendees get amazing items thrown at them. Items like toys, teddy bears and most importantly beads. One of the most fun and memorable activities attendees look forward to is trying to catch these amazing items.
Attendees should expect to see some of the most amazing, colorful and boisterous costumes. The wonderful costumes are another fun and entertaining part of Mardi Gras.