There is no better time to truly experience the spirit of New Orleans then to visit the city during Mardi Gras and the Carnival season. The home to Mardi Gras is known for its Carnival celebrations, with the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras starting in January and continuing until the main events take place on Fat Tuesday.
New Orleans is a beautiful city, rich with history and charm. It is a unique destination, unlike any other place in the world. The French Quarter is the historic center of New Orleans and offers visitors a vibrant nightlife where jazz music flows down Bourbon Street entwined with smells of authentically prepared cajun food. During Mardi Gras the city truly comes alive.
Mardi Gras is a all about celebration with music, parades, picnics, floats and plenty of excitement. French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras in New Orleans dates back to the early 1700’s, when France ruled the Louisiana territory. Mardi Gras continues to be celebrated in New Orleans and other French regions.
Historically, Mardi Gras was a time when Christians enjoyed an abundance of delicious, rich foods in preparation for the the fasting that begins the next day, on Ash Wednesday. The people would celebrate in the streets and eat foods before the Lenten season.
This year, Mardi Gras is celebrated on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The date of Mardi Gras varies each year depending on what day Easter is and where Ash Wednesday falls. Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is always celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday.
It’s been recommended that you book a hotel close to the Mardi Gras celebrations if possible. Hotels near the parade routes are also recommended for those looking to stay close to the action. With over 22,000 hotel rooms in New Orleans, the choices for accommodations are plenty. Two hotels I recommend in the French Quarter are The Maison Dupuy Hotel and Hotel St. Helene.
During Mardi Gras, the ride-share company Lyft will be offering $2.00 discount off of two rides, to and from the Family Gras 2019 event with code FAMILYGRAS2019 and will provide WiFi hotspots along the Uptown parade routes to help improve the ability for parade-goers to catch a ride.
Mardi Gras is an experience that naturally creates an appetite. In Between the celebrations during the parties, parades and street celebrations, stop to refuel at some of the city’s many top destinations for locally prepared, gourmet cuisine. Located in the historic No. 77 building, Nina Compton’s Compère Lapin will serves up Mardi Gras visitors a diverse menu that is as colorful and tempting as the city itself. Cold smoked tuna tartare and curried goat with gnocchi are items on the menu, along with hot fire chicken and roasted banana zeppole.
At Copper Vine by Brechtel Hospitality Group, is Downtown New Orleans’ first “winepub” Copper Vine is sure to be a new pleaser this year. Offering a gathering place where gastropub cuisine and neighborhood wine bar converge.
There is still time to book your travels to New Orleans and there is not a better time to visit New Orleans then during the Mardi Gras season.