Mardi Gras is the last day before the Lenten season and is actually a French word meaning “Fat Tuesday.” Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of Lent, so everyone wants to have a good time before the reflection, introspection and resolutions to abstain start. New Orleans, paying homage to its solid French roots, has several Mardi Gras activities. Protect Your Bubble, travel protection brand, has a few tips for those who want to check out what the party is all about in the Big Easy.
The Date - Mardi Gras is always on a Tuesday. This year, it falls on Feb. 12, but the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras are one big party. Parades actually start well before Mardi Gras, up to two weeks ahead of schedule. The weekend before Mardi Gras has lots of fun things to do.
St Charles Mardi Gras - This is a great place to catch the parades. Heavy crowds are typical, but very family-oriented.
Clothes - Plan on wearing comfortable clothes and bring layers; cold mornings and warm afternoons are common in Louisiana. Should an invitation for a ball be included, these are strictly formal, black tie, events. Mardi Gras day is all about the costume, so pack accordingly.
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