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New Orleans Mardi Gras Traditions

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The countdown to Mardi Gras 2014 in New Orleans is well underway! Have you booked your trip to the biggest Pardi in the world, with the perfect French Quarter hotel, Hotel Monteleone? Don’t miss out on your chance to experience a party like no other and learn the traditions of a Carnival celebration that has been going on in New Orleans since 1857.

The New Orleans Carnival season is in preparation for Lent, with this year’s season beginning on January 6th. Parades for Carnival season begin February 15th, so don’t limit your trip for the famous five days that lead up to Fat Tuesday on March 4th, 2014. Learn about some of the most famous Mardi Gras traditions and where they came from.

Mardi Gras Traditions and History

Mardi Gras Krewes: A Krewe is an organization that works all year to plan out the balls and parades for Mardi Gras. It’s no easy task to join one of these Krewes, as many act as secret societies. These Mardi Gras Krewes date all the way back to the 1800’s when Rex first started rolling the streets of the Big Easy. Now, many different parade Krewes exist, and often times a Krewe will feature a celebrity rider as the king or queen of the parade that year.

Mardi Gras Beads: Probably one of the most well known Mardi Gras traditions. The beads, or “throws” as we call them, having been passed out since the 1920s when Rex and a few other Krewes began handing out tiny trinkets to the parade followers. Today, don’t be surprised to catch beads, cups, toys, shoes, and yes, even coconuts.

King Cake: By far the most delicious of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras traditions. Once Carnival season begins, you can find King Cakes lining the walls of grocery stores. Traditionally, it is an oval shaped coffee cake, braided and covered in icing and sugar the color of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold.

Mardi Gras Balls: Every year, each Mardi Gras Krewe prepares a lavish ball to take place during the carnival season. The balls date back to the 1800s and were very private affairs. While today some hold invitation only balls, many are now ticketed events open to the public.


Join us in New Orleans to experience these Mardi Gras traditions and many more. It’s a trip you truly will never forget, so stay with the French Quarter’s favorite hotel to ensure you are getting the complete New Orleans treatment!

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