Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, picnics, floats, dances and is celebrated as a huge holiday in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, the event falls on March 4th, which is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (when the ritual fasting of the Lenten season begins).
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If you’re not familiar, Mardi Gras includes wearing decorated masks and elaborate costumes to the parties taking place in various cities. The most popular countries hosting these parades includes Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The United States happens to host one of the most famous Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Everyone will be dressed in purple, green, and gold (I guess you could say there’s a bit of a dress code), along with long beads caught from the passing floats. Purple stands for justice, gold for power and green is faith. Floats play a grand part in Mardi Gras; some are beautifully decorated while others are meant to be funny. These floats are worked on year-round…the habitants of New Orleans take their floats seriously.
To get the most out of this experience, bring the family! The city and suburban parades are for families (except for the French Quarter…let’s just leave that part for the big kids), so bring a picnic and enjoy the parade! Even though parades are a great part of the Mardi Gras celebration, there are plenty of other traditions unique to the event.
There is a spectacular ball that is treated as a closely guarded secret and the time and location of the ball is not revealed until the night of. The balls are very formal and are a wonderful way to experience Mardi Gras. With kids everywhere and both locals and tourists celebrating, you’re bound to have a great time and meet some new friends.