The Easy Way to Travel to the Big Easy—on a Charter Bus!!
Mardi Gras is just around the corner—it’s all set for Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and it’ll turn the city of New Orleans into one big celebration. From the French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras actually refers to a series of celebrations that wind up in joyous revelry the day before Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of the Lenten season.
If you’ve always wanted to come to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, but opted not to because of your concerns about traffic, parking and simply finding your way around, there’s a better way to “laissez les bon temps roulez” (Let the Good Times Roll!!), as the locals like to say—in the comfort, safety and luxury of a charter bus from Bus.Rental.com.
Mardi Gras—A Season of Celebration
Even though the name suggests a single day of fun, Mardi Gras is, in fact, a season of celebration in many cities, including New Orleans. Though the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States took place in Mobile, Alabama,” N’awlins” has long been considered the place to be on Shrove Tuesday. The celebrations there start in January, with the Phunny Phorty Phellows in Uptown New Orleans and the Société Des Champs Elysée in the French Quarter on January 6, the day of Epiphany. In February, the frequency of the parades increases, and for the two weeks preceding Fat Tuesday, there are multiple parades nearly every day, most of which are organized by social clubs known as “krewes.”
According to historians, the first recorded Mardi Gras celebration in the New Orleans area took place on March 2, 1699. Mardi Gras grew out of Carnival, a Christian celebration that occurred annually before Lent, characterized by feasts, music, dance, theatre and general revelry. The original Carnival was typically found primarily in areas that were predominantly Catholic.
The Best Ways to Prepare for a Fun Mardi Gras
If you plan to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans, one of the most important things you need to do is plan ahead. Many of the hotels in the French Quarter and the central business district have been taking reservations since last summer, and most will require a minimum stay, often 4-5 days. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a place to stay, if you’re just getting organized, but you may have to either spend a lot of time on the phone or the Internet or expect to stay a little distance from the action. Of course, if you rent a charter bus from BusRental.com, you’ll always have a professional driver to take you back to your hotel, regardless of the time or the distance to your accommodations.
There are specific rules governing what you can and cannot bring to the parades. City officials do not allow grills or coolers to be closer than six feet from the curb, and ladders (to help you see) are also limited to the back of the crowd. In addition, you can’t stake your territory and cordon it off with rope, chairs, tarps or any other means if you are on a public right of way, such as a sidewalk.
To have the best view of the parades, you should expect to arrive early—officials recommend that you get to the parade route about four hours in advance if you want a good spot. Some partygoers have been known to set up at 6 am for a 6 pm parade—but you can party all day, once you have your location.
Be prepared, too, for almost any kind of weather. It’s the deep south, but it’s still February—temperatures can range anywhere from the 40s to the 70s. Layers are best, so that you can stay warm, if necessary, or shuck some if it gets balmy.
Make Mardi Gras Memorable with a Charter Bus Rental
New Orleans is a big and busy city any time of year, but it can be overwhelming during Mardi Gras. With a charter bus from BusRental.com, you can let your hair down and join the fun, knowing you don’t have to fight traffic, watch the clock or try to decipher a map. Here are some of the great reasons to travel to New Orleans by charter bus:
- Our drivers go through extensive training, so that you know you’ll be safe and secure
- There’s virtually no such thing as a delay or cancellation with a charter bus
- You’ll be able to customize your trip to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it.
- You won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for your trip—bus travel is one of the most economical ways to travel.
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