Mardi Gras has already begun in New Orleans, but the most celebrated day is Fat Tuesday, which falls early this year, on February 9. The English translation of the French name “Mardi Gras” is, in fact, “Fat Tuesday.” However, the carnival celebration lasts more than a month, beginning on January 6, the Twelfth Night or feast of Epiphany. No worries if you missed it because the best is yet to come.
The 2016 Official Mardi Gras Parade occurs on February 9. Even so, New Orleans abounds in parades and holds a series of unofficial parades, beginning in January. When catching one or two of the super krewes — like Orpheus, Bacchus and Endymion — you’ll see the largest floats. Krewes are groups or organizations that host a Mardi Gras ball and create parade floats to promote themselves. The super krewes’ floats are the most spectacular with massive throws and exciting special effects. There are more than 50 crews in Southwest Louisiana and the number keeps growing.
Wearing a mask at the parade is a New Orleans tradition. Float riders deem you worthy of throws when you’re wearing a mask. Not only that, It’s fun to see how many beaded necklaces you can catch. Get into the Mardi Gras spirit and go where the spirit leads you. You’ll join in with the fun and perhaps even dance with a masked stranger. You can buy unique masks at the French Market for the annual Mask Market. Artists from all over the country set up at the market to sell their masks.
Gather a Merry Band of Friends and Charter Your Way to New Orleans
There’s no greater fun than traveling on a party bus, mini bus, coach or limo with friends. The party begins the minute you step into the vehicle. You can share the costs, save wear and tear on your cars and let a professional navigate through traffic. Have a few drinks and enjoy the ride. Charter bus travel is the safest and greenest means of transportation on our nation’s roadways.
Reservations are easy to make. Do it online or call 1-888-502-3458.