Mardi Gras for Dummies
There is so much excitement to take in during the Mardi Gras season and you might not know where to begin. The mere mention of these two words convey thoughts of boisterous celebrations, beads flying through the air, ear-to-ear grins on everyone’s face and of course floats parading through the streets. Mardi Gras is more than a few days of debauchery. It is a time for us to come together and celebrate the uniqueness that makes us different, while at the same time giving us the chance to bask in the craziness that makes us human.
The official beginning of Mardi Gras season is January 6th, which is known as Twelfth night (twelve days after Christmas). Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday”, is celebrated on a Tuesday and the date can fall anywhere between the third of February and the ninth of March depending on the actual date of Easter that year. Mardi Gras is always forty-seven days before Easter Sunday.
First and foremost, the one thing you want to do is plan your trip months in advance. Hotels are usually booked from six months to a year ahead of time, so be prepared that you might not get a fancy room. The rates for these rooms can range from $150 per night to well over $1000 per night. Most of the up-scale hotels require either applications or written requests with a five night minimum. Majority of the hotels usually require a three night minimum.
Once Fat Tuesday is getting closer you’ll want to research the individual Krewes and get the routes and schedules for their parades. The Krewes of Mardi Gras are those who give annual parades and balls in New Orleans. One of the oldest Krewes is “Comus” which was founded in 1857. Now don’t let the fact that you might not know every Krewe frighten you from finding the right parade, it’s easy. All you have to do is go to www.mardigras.com or you can order the Mardi Gras guide off the internet which gives you a more in depth tour of all parades and their routes. The more major Krewes, like...