‘Tis the season…MARDI GRAS is upon us!
Despite being “winter”, January & February are two of the busiest months in New Orleans (and most other cities in Louisiana). Mardi Gras, literally translated from French, means “Fat Tuesday” – and for good reason. This occurs every year before the Catholic period of Lent, when one is meant to give up certain “extravagances”…thus, eating all the food, drinking all the (whatever ye drink), carousing until all hours…and putting it all aside contritely for Lent in the hopes it will save your soul (or at least score ye a few “goodness points” for behaving).
Now, in New Orleans, Mardi Gras isn’t just the one day, but two months of revelry, parades and indulging! If ye can’t be here, the next best thing is to follow along as best ye may through the internet – starting with the official website that lists all the parades (and links to many of the individual marching Krewe sites): https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com. There are often live video feeds of the larger parades – or webcams and folks in the parades, who will film it live!
While indulgence is encouraged and everyone want to catch a few trinkets at the parades, we also encourage safety and politeness during any such celebration…there is always plenty of fun to go around for everyone!
It all wraps up Mardi Gras day – Tuesday 5 March, 2019.