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Mardi Gras 2015 is on its way

Plans begin for New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 2015
4 Aug 2014

New Orleans is commonly known as ‘The Big Easy’ - and it really is easy to see why, especially during the vibrant Mardi Gras Festival season.

Mardi Gras 2015 falls on Tuesday February 17th, although the season of festivities and parades begins on Friday February 6th. 

Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday’ as it is often referred to, owes its history to medieval Europe. As a Christian holiday, Mardi Gras is traditionally a celebration prior to the 40 days of lent in between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  

Celebrations in the southern city originate from the 1830s where the townspeople would parade the streets wearing masks with carriages and horseback riders, and the celebrations have only continued to get bigger and better.

Visitors can expect to be shrouded in purple, green and gold beads (the official colours) whilst many sport masks. There will also be hundreds of people dressed up in fun, elaborate costumes.

On parade day itself, many parade ‘krewes’, some of whom have been taking part in this tradition for decades, will head down through the streets of the city with various elaborately-themed floats, throwing beads, toys and sweets into the crowds.

The Rex parade which will take place at 10am on February 17th is probably one of the most popular to experience. Having begun their parades in 1872, the Krewe of Rex are to thank for a variety of the Mardi Gras traditions including the King of the Carnival, who is chosen by the krewe and announced the day before the parade.

Mardi Gras is also the perfect time to experience the different types of creole foods that originate from Louisiana. Local favourites including gumbo, jambalaya and po-boys are readily available and essential in helping visitors keep up their energy during the celebrations! ADNFCR-408-ID-801739533-ADNFCR

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