Festivals in New Orleans

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Don't Miss Out on the United State's Number 1 Place for Mardi Gras!

You can't even begin to discuss New Orleans festivals without bringing up the grandaddy of them all: Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a party town known for jovial natives and incredible cuisine, but you haven't really experienced the Big Easy until you've been there for Mardi Gras.

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras, which means "Fat Tuesday" in French, is a festival that marks the last day before the Christian season of Lent. It takes place annually in February or March on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Because Christians make a point of fasting or abstaining from pleasures during the next 40 days, Mardi Gras is celebrated as the final day of indulgence before the somber season of Lent begins leading up to Easter.

You don't have to worry about the religious connections when you're in New Orleans, though, if you don't want to. The festival is filled with colossal parades, wild costumes, great music and plenty of alcohol and fine foods to insure that you have a good time. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras isn't just celebrated for a day, either; expect the festival to last from the Friday before Ash Wednesday all the way until the end of Fat Tuesday. It's better to get in the spirit of things, so wear a costume and/or face paint and let yourself relax. Plan ahead and bring a tote bag as well; you may be given free gifts, such as beads, stuffed animals, cups and doubloons from the people on the parade floats and you want to be able to take all of your souvenirs home.

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