New Orleans Mardi Gras: How To Best Celebrate Fat Tuesday

What Is Mardi Gras Exactly?
According to History.com, Mardi Gras’s roots date back from thousand years ago when pagans celebrated fertility and the commencement of spring. When Christianity was introduced in the Roman Empire, leaders decided to make Carnival part of their religious traditions. As a result, Mardi Gras became the last festivity prior to the 40-day Lent season during which Christians fast and pray in view of Easter. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, represents the last feast occurring the day before the first day of Lent which always falls on a Wednesday (Ash Wednesday). 

New Orleans Mardi Gras 
According to findingtheuniverse.com the main Mardi Gras parades happen on the Tuesday itself, with other parades also being held in the week leading up to Fat Tuesday. There's a tradition of celebrating on the Monday, which is known as Lundi Gras. Other than the main parades there are many places to eat and explore while you're in New Orleans for Mardis Gras. 

For future reference, here are the dates for Mardi Gras in the coming years:
  • Mardi Gras 2019: March 5th
  • Mardi Gras 2020: February 25th
  • Mardi Gras 2021: February 16th
  • Mardi  Gras 2022: March 1st 
  • Mardi Gras 2023: February 21st 


Jackson square New Orleans
Photos by Laurence Norah

Jackson Square
is a historic site that has been around New Orleans for hundreds of years. There is a park at the center of Jackson Square where you can walk around and enjoy the scenary or take in the many musicians, painters and street performers you'll usually find at Jackson Square. 


bourbon Street New Orleans Mardi Gras
In the French Quarter you'll find Bourbon Street. It's a great place to start your celebrations of Mardi Gras. You'll find the streets and bars packed with patrons and above you'll have people throwing beads down from the balconies. Patrons will wear all kinds of colorful and fun outfits that are usually seen each year. 



Cafe Beignet New Orleans

If you are in New Orleans then eating beignets is always a smart move. But if you're looking for the best beignets, then Cafe Beignet is the place to go in New Orleans. Although they have more great food on their menu than just beignets, beignets is what they do best. Pictured you can see one of their delicious powdered sugar covered beignets.  


Steamboat natchez cruise New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez will take you along the Mississippi River as you enjoy a couple hours of scenary, live jazz and a three course meal that is all included in the only steam powered river cruise operating in New Orleans. 


Cajun Enounters wild pig

Swamp Tour with Cajun Encounters is among one of the more popular activities around New Orleans. On the tours you'll be stuck in the mud with some alligators, racoons and wild pigs. Although the swamps are a bit outside of the city, they will offer to pick you up and drive you to the site for a fee. 


Sources:
http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras
https://www.findingtheuniverse.com/visiting-new-orleans-during-mardi-gras/#What-is-Mardi-Gras
Posted: 3/1/2019 8:25:50 AM